Noted in the May 1995 Paris Saveur, this restaurant is a favourite among local and international critics. It is a sophisticated eatery, with walls ... More
Noted in the May 1995 Paris Saveur, this restaurant is a favourite among local and international critics. It is a sophisticated eatery, with walls painted in deep yellows and offset by French artwork. Ornate furniture and fixtures contribute to the opulent feel. Known for its Alsatian cuisine and presentation, the dishes are considered as much art as meals. Samples from the basic menu include Ris de Veau Pôele with garlic, spinach and calvados (CAD22.95) and Atlantic Salmon grilled with a spinach and saffron sauce (CAD20.95).
An attractive setting but the food was a disappointment. Stick to local seafood. The Dover sole tasted as though it had been frozen. As with all "upscale" Vancouver restaurants, expect to see patrons in Bermuda shorts and flip-flops.
My wife and I dined here on a blustery, rainy Saturday night in December. What a contrast with the warm, inviting ambiance created by the efficient staff as they catered to our needs. The presentation of the food was notable. Our selections were prepared just right in tasty sauces. Our wine from a little know region of France complimented the food. As the folks from Michelin might say, it is worth a detour.
Friendly staff; Great food. Reasonably priced.
The ambience is elegant and quiet, allowing normal conversation.
The food was even better. Perfectly sauteed shrimp and scallops. Perfectly cooked wonderfully seasoned meats. Delicious desserts.
On a par with the finest restaurants in New York and San francisco
Best french food in Pacific Northwest. Nothing comes close. I drive 70 miles from Seattle just to eat there several times a year. Nothing comparable in Seattle. My parents fly in from Scottsdale sometimes just to eat there. It's also very reasonably priced.
First of all, I'm French, and I was expecting a very good upper french dinner. The service was really mellow at the beginning, people there seams swamped where in fact many tables were empty, probably a lack of organization. I did order a "file de boeuf, sauce bearnaise". with bordeau wine. The meat and vegetable, I have to say were excellent.
The sauce bearnaise was closer to an industrial one, way to spicy !a shame for a sauce that is suppose to let you appreciate every ingrediants inside it.
Everything else went well, beside a few girls coming talk to you at the end of dinner to find out who you were, your work, position, and finally decide that since you're not a VP they should talk to other people... what a shame a restaurant transformed into a wedding institution ! Respect the food damit ! ( I was on terrasse and those girls seams used to take a drink and get some rich guy, I saw them distributing their phone numbers like people would distribute advertisement).
Overall, beside the some lack in the welcome service (real waiters were perfect and very smart), and the pretty average if not bad sauce bearnaise, this restaurant is really good.
I gave a three stars out of six just because of the hype around this restaurant, I was expecting to find what I left in france, taste and refinement (une sauce raffinee en francais).
I'll check other restaurants for good french dinner, however I may check it back a second time for the steak tartare (even if they do not prepare it in front of you !!!).
It has the look of a gastronomic restaurant, the customers, but definitely not the level at which you would expect this kind of establishment to be.
If the restaurants in north america would have a ranking like the michelin, it would help a lot.
Probably a one star, perhaps too if you assume atht I was totoally unlucky.
What I liked
The service was good, attentive, well- mannered, and knowledgeable. The wine list was impressive. I chose wines by the glass as it was lunch and I wanted to match the wine with my food. The whites and the reds were well chosen; there was also a non- snob appeal factor which I liked. The food was well-priced. Friendly and available sommelier, good wait staff, attentive host.
Now my criticisms
I thought the food was delicious but the timing of the food was a little bit off. I had heard raves about the onion tart, but what came to the table was a slice of pie. I was disappointed as the crust was soggy, yet I ate it as the flavor was delicious. My main course came out and it was over cooked too.( Although again it tasted good) The cheese on top was charred. My partner's soup was good but his quail was dry and slightly overcooked. Also there was more stuffing than meat.(So you see, subtle snob factor nuances on my part.
If the kitchen could time the food coming out at just the right time and not over cooked, I would absolutely rave about this place, but after all since food is the main reason I go to a restaurant,let's face it, there are plenty of options in Vancouver.
Now the decor, and this is were the place gets its real failing marks. While the bar area and many of the finishes speak traditional classic, I was surprised that a place of this stature had a neon open sign and you can really notice during the day the fact that the place might need a freshening up of the decor.
Overall, the value of this place is good. the wine list is impressive, and it's a good romantic place for dinner or a well-valued lunch.
I'm fairly picky about restaraunts and I can't think of one negative thing to say.
This is a place that gets everything right, such a rarity. The ambiance is elegant w/out being stuffy. The food is perfection and the staff is excellent. I wouldn't think of going to Vancouver w/out visiting Le Crocodile.
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