Pied-à-Terre Bistro – Beef Cheek Bourguignon
After having some seriously great French food at Mistral French Bistro and Bistrot Bistro previously, I’ve been thinking of trying out Pied-à-Terre on Cambie for a while. Literally translated to “foot on the ground”, the term pied-à-terre has come to mean a secondary home… to me, it just means a great place to pick up some tasty French food.
Our meal at this tiny little bistro (there’s seating for maybe 30 patrons) started out with our server reciting the extensive list of daily specials. There’s also a chalkboard with the specials written down but it was difficult for us to see from where we were seated. There’s probably as many daily specialties as there are regular menu items so it proves to make decisions a bit difficult. We had to ask our waitress to repeat the selection of dishes because everything sounded so good.
Bread and butter were the first things to arrive for our meal. The bread slices were skewered onto what looked like a receipt spike.
The Salad of Golden Beets and Blood Oranges included some awesome caramelized walnuts along with watercress, and goat cheese pannacotta.
I’m glad that we ordered the Basque Style Steamed Mussels – these had some of the freshest, plumpest mussels that I’ve had for a long while. The fennel and bay leaf broth was scrumptious and filled with pieces of chorizo.
We considered having the daily special halibut but opted for the Roast Lac Brome Duck Breast with warm salad of duck confit. This was a very meaty dish and I was surprised at how lean the duck meat was (I’m used to seeing duck with a lot more fat on it). I found that the duck breast was slightly chewy but that might have been because the breast was cooked medium-rare. The warm salad was interesting because it looked like it was shaped into a bird’s nest and had plenty of shredded duck confit.
I knew what I wanted from the menu right away – the Daube of Angus Beef Cheek Bourguignon served with cheese pomme puree. The beef cheeks were fork tender and extremely juicy and succulent. I really liked the addition of mini onion pearls and the thick cubes of pork belly that accompanied this dish.
The one thing that we’ve learned over the years is that you should always save room for dessert if you go to a French restaurant. Just like the menu for the main course, the dessert menu had a number of daily specialties. We chose the Passion Fruit Tart which was similar to crème brûlée in that the top of the tart was caramelized with a torch.
The Apple Beignet was the perfect dessert This is basically a deep fried apple donut but it was sooooo good! If you thought the apple tarts at New Town Bakery are good, you have to try these out – these beignets are lighter in texture and the aroma of the cinnamon/sugar was intoxicating.
Once we were filled to capacity, our server delivered our bill on this cute little Spanish plate.
Service was exceptional being both attentive and unobtrusive.
Food: 5 / 5
Service: 5 / 5
3369 Cambie Street
Posted on April 15, 2012, in Desserts, French, Restaurant Review and tagged Beef Cheeks, Beignet, Food, French, Mussels, restaurant review, South Cambie, Vancouver. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.