The first thing to take note of, is their physical location. They are located in a French cultural centre (on West 7th between Granville and Fir). Now, that should by no means discourage you from visiting this place. Read on and you'll find out why...
When I first arrived, I was taken back by how busy they were.
Quiz Time: Why do you think Café Salade De Fruits was busy?
a) Tasty Food
b) Great Value
c) Good Service
d) Inviting Ambiance
Answer: Continue reading...
Every diner seemed to be really engaged in their conversations and were enjoying their meals. In particular, there was one table with a huge party. We're talking like say about a dozen people. I was very impressed with the level of service provided for this huge table. I observed the server working as fast possible. What was even more impressive was that the server gladly split the bills for all of them and thanked each and every one of them before saying goodbye.
The cool part is that everything is as French as can be. I noticed the server greeting a female customer that walked in by "Madame." It's these little details that I think sets this place apart from the rest.
My server was extremely knowledgeable and was able to explain the menu with great clarity. Matter of fact, I soon learnt that most of the staff members (including one of the four chefs) were fluent in the French language.
The decor and ambiance made me feel like I was dining at a Bistro in France.
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Gotta love the attention to detail.
One can almost feel like they are dining at a French bistro in France.
Even Tin Tin and Snowy make a guest appearance here!
Opened in 1806, it is one of the world's most fashionable shopping streets in Paris.
It is also the most expensive street in the French version of Monopoly!
What better way to kick off a meal?
The bread was fresh and perfectly complemented with the butter.
A great appetizer and definitely a classic French plate.
(Rib Eye Steak)
A version of Steak Frites, which is a classic in French cuisine.
An absolutely incredible steak! What more can I say? I ordered it Medium-Rare and it was served exactly as ordered. Extra credit to the chef for that.
The steak was really juicy and well marbled, thus adding the extra umph flavor. An added bonus was the peppercorn sauce which perfectly complemented the steak. I also took advantage of the sauce by dipping my fries in it.
It was so good that I finished the whole plate...including every drop of sauce that was soaked up by my Pomme Frites (French Fries).
If you like steak and fries (Steak Frites), you must try this!
Very reasonably priced ($20.99)
Very generous portion size
You`ll want to return here periodically!
These French Fries are made fresh daily and are incredibly yummy!
An absolute must try when you visit.
The plate also came with a side of home-made mayo which I didn't hesitate to use with my Pomme Frites. It was so good that I had to request for another side of mayo, of which the server gladly provided.
A friendly reminder that they are Cash Only at Salade De Fruits Cafe.
After a chat with the server, my beliefs were confirmed that indeed most of the customers are ones that return often. This is no surprise to me as I myself would definitely return here periodically in the future.
Definitely recommend this to anyone that has not tried this place yet.
If you are looking for great Steak Frites or a classic French bistro around Vancouver, Café Salade De Fruits may be as close as you are going to get.
Oh yeah...the answer to the quiz question posted above is:
e) All Of The Above
Please feel free to leave a comment or two on how your dinning experience was at this place or if you have any recommendations on any other dishes that you enjoyed.
Update: Some people have already posted some comments, so please feel free to go to the comments section to see what others have had to say!
Salade de Fruits Cafe
1551 West 7th Avenue