Smoked chicken liver and foie gras parfait — Photo courtesy of Le Parisien
There is something so indulgent and romantic about a good French bistro and Le Parisien will leave you with your heart and belly aflutter. This new West End bistro has taken over the former Bistro de Paris space, and previous to that it was Café de Paris. For locals in Vancouver, this specific location brings back many nostalgic memories as it has been a French bistro in some shape or form for decades now. Le Parisien does this location justice and has rejuvenated the atmosphere with elements of red, crisp white and wooden touches throughout the cozy space. Diners will be pleased with Le Parisien's quality, service and very reasonable price point.
Cassoulet de Castelnaudary — Photo courtesy of Le Parisien
John Blakely, owner of Le Parisien, is no stranger to running a French restaurant, or the location for that matter. He has been satisfying customers for many years at his sister restaurant, Bistro Pastis, and his first job when he moved to Canada was in this building back when it was Café de Paris.
Roasted bone marrow — Photo courtesy of Le Parisien
On the menu, you will find French classics like steak frites, bouillabaisse, cassoulet de castelnaudary, crispy veal sweetbreads, moules frites and house made boudin noir. Even if you're full from your lovely meal, you won't regret tucking in to a decadent serving of crème brûlée. An added perk of Le Parisien is that it's located a short distance from Stanley Park and the Seawall; an evening stroll that's complete with a gorgeous view and a full belly is almost better than any nightcap.