Chez Michel: French Bistro in West Van
NOTE: I’ve was originally holding back on posting restaurant reviews due to the whole social distancing/pandemic going on but I figure that a lot of these restaurants are probably hurting due to the decrease in business so maybe it’s a good idea to go ahead and finish off my backlog of blog posts. If these restaurants are still open and offering take-out, make sure to try them out. #supportlocalbusiness
Over the years, I’ve come to really appreciate good French restaurants more and more. So when we found ourselves on the North Shore in early November, we decided to pop into Chez Michel. Located on the 2nd floor, this cozy eatery didn’t disappoint.
Our meals began with the requisite complimentary bread and butter. There’s just something about fresh, crusty bread that really speaks to me. Plus, they refilled our bread without even asking.
We weren’t sure how hungry we would be so they offered to prepare a side Caesar Salad ($4.50) instead of a full order.
French Onion Soup ($10) is something that I always make a point of trying at a French restaurant and this one didn’t disappoint. Lots of tender onions in the bowl and a super cheesy pull with each spoonful.
Last up was their Special Moules Frites ($27) – they had a number of ways that this could be prepared but we opted for the saffron, pernod, garlic, butter, and fennel. The mussels comes with a big serving of addictive fries (with a mayo dipping sauce).
Speaking of large…. this bowl of mussels was overflowing. The 1lb of mussels were really good (no closed shells) and the mussels were nice and plump.
Overall, really good food here and service to match. We’re definitely planning on returning in the future.
1373 Marine Dr (2nd Floor)
West Vancouver, BC