Oh la la good French bistro food
Gilles Le Patezour, je vois aime! Le Café Français [153 Commercial Street, Nanaimo Tel: 250-716-7866] is owned by a gregarious Frenchman from Normandy (via a few years in Gatineau Quebec) along with wife Celine and daughter Laureen. A smallish spot, this 44-seat find is one of those places you fear writing about because one might never secure a table ever again. There is nothing “nouvelle” about any of the food and that brings great comfort. It is simple traditional French bistro cuisine. Richly flavoured soupe a l’oignon au gratin, escargot doing the breast stroke in garlic and butter, crepes, both savory and sweet, sole meuniere, a respectable filet mignon Bordelais and a divine crème brulee that is best applied directly to the hips because who are we kidding, that is exactly where it is headed. With the new Vancouver Island Convention Centre now open across the street, get in soon before you find yourself in a que outside with your nose pressed against the glass like Julie Andrew’s in Victor Victoria.
Love your food reviews, they always get my mouth watering! Haven't given this place a go yet, but it's on the list for sure!