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Birthday month for me, so I get some free meals both from Dennys and friends. Thanks!!! Since most of my friends are fans of The Vancouver Slop Food blog they are really interested in trying out new spots and blogging. Works out great.

Pied a Terre is a small bistro located on Cambie and 18th that is the creation of Audrey Durbach and Chris Stewart who are the people behind Parkside Restaurant and La Buca. From what I hear, Pied a Terre has been very popular and reservations are highly recommended. The atmosphere there is perfect, a good choice in music and set at a reasonable volume. The staff was very attentive to our needs and possessed a high level of knowledgeable about their menu.

Since I am on the Steak and Frites challenge, ordering off the menu which was written only in French was a no brainer. What is nice is that you get to pick the type of steak that you want. I got caught up in the hype and thought I would try the hanger steak/onglet ($19.50) because I heard from many foodies that it was becoming increasingly popular due to its unique flavour. The onglet steak only comes rare because cooked any longer it becomes to tough and then tastes wack, like how my free birthday meal at Dennys would taste. My cohort made an excellent choice and ordered the rib eye ($26.00). After picking your steak, you must then pick your sauce. Choices include anchovy butter, marchand du vin (red wine reduction), pepper and roquefort (blue cheese flavour) with mustard.

They steaks arrived and they looked great, both were cooked to perfection and we got the sauce on the side. I wasn't a fan of the roquefort as much as I was the others. The anchovy butter tasted well with the onglet and the red wine reduction was fantastic, perfect for the rib eye, fries and the onglet. The onglet (which came cut up already) was tasty but I prefer the rib eye which was fantastic. The portions were good, and the fries tasted great. For dessert I had the Opera cake which was fantastic, not too sweet and just the right amount of richness. Compared to all the other steak and frites places that I have visited, I must say this is one of the best that I have had.

Definitely a must try. Great food, reasonable prices and a fantastic atmosphere.

Pied A Terre
3369 Cambie Street
Vancouver, BC V5Z 2W6
tel: 604.873.3131
Menu and Website here

Pied-a-Terre on Urbanspoon

3 comments

Kevin Levrone said... @ November 17, 2008 at 9:35 AM

did they bring ketchup for the fries?

Gyromite said... @ November 17, 2008 at 12:00 PM

Good question. No ketchup and no salt and pepper, we just dipped the fries in the steak sauce.

I Love Food Blog said... @ November 17, 2008 at 1:00 PM

Great to see you post a review on this place. I've read great things about this place as well.

I'm guessing the Onglet steak is the one pictured on top? It comes sliced up already for you?

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