Best Casual French


3369 Cambie St.

As with the formal category, so here: RIP db Bistro (Silver). The room was meant to underwrite its glamorous but costly Relais & Châteaux sibling next door, but db’s supercharged takes on classic bistro fare (escargots, oysters fricassee) never did the business. What the judges—and Vancouver diners—did show love for this year was Pied-à-Terre (Gold). With laser focus, Andrey Durbach’s bijoux room delivers all the expected dishes, like steamed mussels Basquaise and crisp roast chicken with lemon and rosemary jus. In fact, the judges’ only cavil was scale: when will Durbach wrest his room from its cramped Parisian roots and blow it into a space large enough that we can tarry over dessert?




Finalists for Best Casual French

db Bistro Moderne
2551 W. Broadway (closed)

Bistro Pastis
2153 W. Fourth Ave.

Bistrot Bistro
1961 W. Fourth Ave.

La Régalade
103-2232 Marine Dr.
West Van, 604-921-2228

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