by George Froehlich
The food is hearty, wholesome and packs a mean flavour.
Prices are reasonable.
La Brasserie in Vancouver’s West End is in the “must eat there” category.
The food at La Brasserie gears towards the Alsace region of France, an area adjoining Germany.
We started off with an Alsatian onion tart. In one word – wow.
It was large morsel of out of this world, caramelized onions and flaky pastry, topped off with dollop of crème fraîche.
Steak tartare, this classic dish of raw, hand diced steak, was nicely seasoned, the Dijon mustard, a hearty but subtle counterpoint to the creamy texture of the dish.
The suckling pig was everything it should have been.
The outside brimmed with crackling, crispy and delicious, the inside, a chunk of tender pork, done perfectly.
Housemade sauerkraut, not the usual vinegar laden kind, was flavoursome, aided ably by the pork fat.
The schupfnudel, potato gnocchi, thick and crisp on the outside and tender and rich and creamy on the inside, gave the whole dish that rustic, down-to-earth flavour and taste.
Julia Child once said there is nothing better in the world than a perfectly roasted chicken.
Well, the chefs at La Brasserie, obviously have taken her advice to heart.
Half a free-range rotisserie chicken was all it should have been, moist and so tender and it tasted like chicken not the rubberized tasteless version so often served in restaurants heavily doused with sauces to give it flavor.
The home made french fries and a tiny bit of caramelized garlic jus resulted in a chicken that would have had Julia saying, “très bien”.
Dessert was a divine chocolate trio. Rich, decadent, the earthy taste of great chocolate evident everywhere.
La Brasserie, a real gem.
No wonder it is a favourite with Vancouver’s restaurant trade.
George Froehlich has more than 35 years media experience abroad and in Canada. He is an avid cook, art collector and world-wide traveler. New York still is his favourite city. For more than two years he has been producing the Savvy Insider, a funky, eclectic newsletter that’s all Metro Vancouver and what makes it one of the great cities of the world. Check out his site, and stay bookmarked to Poivre Media for weekly “edible” anecdotes from George.