Whether it’s a business lunch, or a “let’s catch-up” lunch with an old friend, Jules Bistro in Vancouver – Gastown to be precise – is a warm and inviting spot to meet over a delicious meal.
What immediately greets you when you enter the door of the restaurant are the scents coming from the kitchen, just situated to your left. Garlic, wine, and buttery scents entice you to enter in further into the restaurant. The next greeting you get – equally as pleasing – is from the friendly and approachable staff who seat you and offer you something to drink while you peruse your menu.
When it comes to the topic of the French-inspired menu, the servers are knowledgeable and have tried the various dishes. This fact, along with the modest number of tasty menu options, makes deciding so much easier.
The Moules Frites ($16) come in a traditional white wine and garlic sauce that shocks the senses – it smells garlicky and certainly tastes it as the garlic is finally chopped and in abundance. Nevertheless, the dish works with the sauce balancing out the garlic. The French Fries are a welcome side to this dish.
The salmon and shrimp quiche, a special of the day during our visit, is a must try if available. Light, with a flaky crust, the seafood blend with the egg makes for a wholesome and delicious lunch option.
Dessert and coffee is a must at Jules Bistro. The Fondant au Chocolat Chaud, Sauce Caramel et Glace Vanille ($7), is simply a flat, warmed, gooey chocolate cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. It may not sound or look special, but if you love chocolate and ice cream, you will enjoy this dessert.
Something different is the Clafoutis aux Griottes, Sorbet au Citron et Babeurre ($7) – sour cherry clafoutis, accompanied with buttermilk and lemon sorbet. It may not come looking pretty (see photo), but the flavours are sharp with Vitamin C, cleansing the palate after your main lunch dish.
Jules Bistro is a must-visit again spot the next time I’m visiting Vancouver. While the menu may not be extensive, the food we tried is worthy of the $80 bill (for two people, including one glass of wine each and coffee with dessert). The service is pleasant and the atmosphere is ideal for a quiet business lunch or if meeting up with a friend.
Tip: Try the bathroom – the interesting layout makes for a bit of an eye-brow raising experience. Avoid tripping on the step if you’ve had one too many glasses of wine.
216 Abbott Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 2K8
Tel: (604) 669-0033