Saturday, April 30, 2011
La Brasserie's twitter that they were coming out with a food truck. Stationed right in front of Vancouver City Centre Canada line station, the food cart receives a lot of traffic and is usually sold out before 5 pm. After weeks of waiting, I finally made my way downtown early one Friday afternoon and saw that there was no line up at La Brasserie street. Even though I was on my way to lunch, I didn't hesitate on having a pre-lunch snack. The menu is simple with only one sandwich on the list; Brass chicken sandwich with beer brine rotisserie chicken, gravy, crispy onions, and buttermilk buns $6.25. There are also beverages and butter tarts available as well. As I walked down Robson street, I wasted no time eating the chicken sandwich at the same time. The buttermilk bun was soft, with big meaty pieces of chicken drenched in savoury gravy. It was juicy, tender, and tasty, as Ross from Friends calls it the "moist maker". The crispy onions added fragrant and texture to the sandwich and when I ate it, I felt like everything is going to be alright. It was like everyday is Thanksgiving day. Brass chicken sandwich made a great afternoon snack. As for a meal, I might have to get at least 2 or more. Highly recommended.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
La Brasserie is a Franco-German restaurant located on Davie street. We got to the restaurant around noon on a weekday and there was a constant flow of people coming in and out. There were only one server and one chef working, and although I had to fight for her attention at times, they were able to bring out all the food in a timely manner. I regret not pairing the meal with their wide range of beer selection, but definitely will put it on the list next time.
|Pate de Campagne $6|
|Suckling pig sandwich and fries $13|
I absolutely enjoyed the sheer size of the suckling pig sandwich. The skin was crispy and the overall flavour reminds me of the chinese roast pig. I would enjoy it more with a lot of hot sauce.
The fried onions and sauerkraut added extra aroma, crisp, and flavour. The fries were thick cut, yet extremely crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The tangy side salad helped balance out the heaviness of the burger and fries altogether.
|Lamb cheeks $14|
My sister has initially ordered the pork cheeks but we were told they were serving the lamb cheeks instead, which was perfectly fine with us. As suspected, the savoury lamb was perfectly cooked and served with fresh spring vegetables and carrot puree. The meat was tender and easily flaked apart.
|Leftovers wrapped in swan foils|
We just could not finish either dishes for the life of us!! They made great snacks later on in the day, though.
The Greedy Pig
For a quick bite during lunch, the Greedy Pig is known for their artisan sandwiches. The decor of the restaurant is more casual and warehouse-like that I imagined. Nonetheless, the service was friendly. I am still baffled as to why I didn't order the Croque Monsieur. Instead, I ordered the chicken Cobb sandwich, which was satisfactory. Value wise, I think La Brasserie has more to offer. I would come back again, though, for the truffled roast beef sandwich, which my friend ordered. I managed to trade him half of mine and was able to experience the delightful sandwich. The beef slices were cooked to medium rare, the sliced thin. The texture was very tender and juicy. The sandwich had a balanced flavour with the beef, caramelized onions, melted cheese between crispy baguette. The white truffle oil added that extra kick. I love anything drizzled with truffle oil, so this one was a winner for me.
|Truffled roast beef sandwich $12|
|Chicken Cobb sandwich $11|