Café Régalade – Kits French Bistro
We’ve always been fans of La Régalade located in West Van. Their French Onion Soup is to die for… not to mention their Beef Bourguignon and Grilled Prime Rib. The main problem is that West Van is a bit far for us to travel.
I noticed that the son of the owner of La Régalade runs a French Bistro in Kits called Café Régalade. Driving wise, it’s not that much closer to us. As a matter of fact, on the day that we visited in late March, W 4th was still undergoing a ton of roadwork construction.
While La Régalade has a number of chickens adorning their bistro, Café Régalade uses the pig as their mascot as can be seen on their walls.
The complimentary crusty bread is served cold (which I’m assuming is usual practice at French restaurants from previous experiences at other French bistros).
The French Onion Soup ($7.95) is smaller than the one that we had at the West Van location but it was just as good and also cheaper. The lower price and smaller serving size is an excellent option for an appy (and I saved some of the crusty bread to dip in it). There’s no shortage of onions and ooey-gooey cheese here.
The Beef Bourguignon ($22.50) came served in a bowl (I’m used to seeing this served in a Dutch Oven) and was a bit salty from the sauce. On their menu, they call it the “La Régalade Beef Bourguignon” but I don’t think it was as good as the one we had in West Van (not that it was really bad but just not as good as what we were expecting).
I decided to try the Gigot de 7 Heures ($23.95) which is a large portion of lamb shank that’s slowly cooked for 7 hours. Again, the sauce was a big salty for my liking but the meat itself was cooked perfectly and superbly tender.
Both of our dishes came with a side of creamy Scalloped Potatoes that paired nicely with the entrées.
For dessert, we tried the Chocolate Cream Puffs ($7.95). It took a little while for these to come out but when it finally arrived at our table, we were treated to 2 cream puffs that were stuffed with chocolate cream inside and swimming in chocolate sauce. If you’re a fan of chocolate, you’ll probably like this dessert.
This little bistro was rather busy given all of the traffic congestion in the area. The food’s pretty good (albeit a bit salty) but I think the West Van location is still my fav.
2836 West 4th Avenue
Posted on May 23, 2013, in French, Restaurant Review and tagged Beef Bourguignon, Chocolate Cream Puffs, Food, French, French Onion Soup, Kitsilano, Lamb, restaurant review, Vancouver. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.