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).
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
My husband and I had the pleasure of eating at Le Crocodile twice on our last visit to Vancouver, and we're going to eat at it twice when we go back next month. This restaurant is my all time favorite. Everything is prepared so well, the service was perfect, and the value for your money is excellent.
The steak tartare and the foie gras were just about the best things my husband has ever tasted, and the chicken with goat cheese, the onion tart, the tomato gin soup, and the asparagus salad are are just about the best things I've ever tasted. Overall, a perfect experience in a perfect city.
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