Category Archives: French

Batard Boulangerie and Cafe Moderne

Batard Boulangerie and Cafe Moderne Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - ZomatoA cafe with a ‘French’ charm. It ‘sectioned’ into three sections. The first area by the entrance is a little shop with organic goods and a take out deli. The next is the cashier, ordering station. There were a couple of muffins. The beverage menu is on a letter-sized paper by the cashier.

The staff were very friendly, and patient as we wandered around and looked at the menu board like lost children. It wasn’t that we couldn’t read, it was that one of us wanted to get pizza, while the two of us were ok in trying out this place. We couldn’t decide for while, but since the two of us didn’t want pizza, majority wins :) idearabbit_batard1

idearabbit_batard3 idearabbit_batard2I ordered the French Beef Dip $9.95. There were a couple of big loafs of bread on the back shelf, but only a few muffins on the counter. idearabbit_batard6

After we ordered, we moved onto the third section – the seating area with artwork on the wall with nice booth seats. Although the food was brought to our table, water and cutlery was self serve.

I know everyone loves French bread, but I’m not a super fan of hard crusted bread. Although I usually like hard food to chew on, like beef jerky, trying to eat a sandwich where it’s a bit hard to chew off gets a bit messy. However, the bread and beef went really well with the Au Jus. The small salad on the side was fresh and tasty.

idearabbit_batard4 idearabbit_batard5My friend who originally wanted the pizza ordered the OceanWise Shrimp Sandwich $9.95 and latte.

Clean up is again self-serve, or rather, self-cleanup into the gray bins. Very nice staff, charming interior and good food.

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Cafe Salade de Fruits

Click to add a blog post for Cafe Salade de Fruits on Zomato Three of us went for lunch during the weekday. The restaurant was small and packed, but had a lot of unique ‘French’ decor that gave it a nice European atmosphere.

idearabbit-cafedesalade7 idearabbit-cafedesalade8idearabbit-cafedesaladeThe complimentary slices of bread were soft and spongy. Tasted really good. We ordered a plate of pâté which went even more well together with the bread.

idearabbit-cafedesalade2 idearabbit-cafedesalade3idearabbit-cafedesalade4I ordered the Omelette du jour $9 which came with an omelet with red peppers and their daily soup. The soup was quite large and very tasteful. The omelet was soft, though I would have liked to have more ingredients inside – especially mushrooms! Love mushrooms – a must have in omelets!

idearabbit-cafedesalade5One of us wanted the same dish, but with prawns thrown into the omelet, but that was not allowed, so she ordered the Shrimp Salad.

idearabbit-cafedesalade6The other company ordered the Spinach Salad. They were both pretty large and presented very well. Looked tasty and healthy!
Service was great and the atmosphere was very nice! A nice new find!

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Caché Bistro & Lounge

Caché Bistro & Lounge on UrbanspoonAnother Groupon special for 50% off. I’m sure glad I bought it – it’s on my new love list :) . Located in the trendy parts of Yaletown, it’s not an area where I usually go to when it comes to dining. Most of them are on the pricier side, and requires an attire that is more than your normal tshirt and jeans.

I had phoned in on a Friday to make reservations, but unfortunately, they were all booked. So the following week, I phoned on Thursday to make a reservation for Friday at 7pm. When we arrived, it was close to full. The red walls and unique decor was eye-catching. We were both dressed up, but the table next to us were in their jeans, runners and jogging jacket. We weren’t surprised that they were using their Groupon afterward…but we didn’t come in attire like that! They lacked manner and drove my company crazy.




We ordered the Bison Carpaccio (Porchini crusted bison, crispy fried leeks, truffle ailo, pecorino), Seared Scallop $24 and Alsatian Peach Tart, made with fresh BC peaches and blueberries. $9 for dessert. My company ordered Coke Zero while I asked for water.

We waited for a while for the drinks. Much longer then elsewhere. Drinks shouldn’t take this long…it doesn’t take much to prepare. When they finally came, the server apologized that they didn’t have Coke Zero and brought Diet Coke instead. Bummer.

My first time trying out Bison…and raw meat! But I was pleasantly surprised. It was delicious! It was super rich in taste. There isn’t that much, so we savoured every piece as we shared the dish. Since the flavour was strong, we asked for some bread. Not sure if they forgot…or we missed something…as later on, we saw other tables receive bread…did we have to order a specific dish to get them?


Anyways, when we almost gave up on the bread coming, it finally arrived and were able to enjoy the rest of the Carpaccio. My company was very impressed and told the server about it, and said that he should tell the chef for an excellent job. I agreed. And it’s not everyday that a German gives praise to anyone. LOL.

My seared scallop. I LOVE THIS DISH!! I immediately fell in love with it. The scallops were large and juicy. The zuchinni was just cooked to the right point. Not squicsy and sloppy, but not raw. The quiona and the mixture was excellent. The right amount of saltiness, which went very well with the scallops.  I will definitely be back again to try this dish! :D



Seared Scallop $24

The dessert was very good. The pie wasn’t anything spectacular, but the frozen blueberries went well with the hot pie. The mixture of the temperature in your mouth was exciting. My company didn’t like the dried up lime, lemon and orange which were almost like pine needles in your mouth. But I really liked the strong zest flavour. It gave the subtle peach tart a punch.


Although there were delays with the drink and bread, the food exceeded both of our expectations. We were both really happy with the food, and will sure come back again!

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