Best French

Vancouver Magazine - - Restaurant Awards -

The combo of Alex Chen and Roger Ma may be the best in town.”

1 Le Croc­o­dile 909 Bur­rard St., lecrocodil­erestau­rant. com 2 St. Lawrence 269 Pow­ell St., st­lawrencer­estau­ 3 Au Comp­toir 2278 W 4th Ave., au­comp­ hon­ourable men­tions j L’Abat­toir, Bac­chus This cat­e­gory en­com­passes two very dif­fer­ent ap­proaches to French cui­sine. Emerg­ing on top is the clas­si­cal per­fec­tion of Michel Ja­cob’s Le Croc­o­dile, with proper ser­vice, starched nap­kins and ex­pert takes on clas­sics like lob­ster ther­mi­dor. But com­ing up fast is the—gasp—el­e­va­tion of Québé­cois cook­ing at St. Lawrence, acui­sine un­de­ni­ably French in in­spi­ra­tion, but equal part habi­tant in ex­e­cu­tion. Round­ing out the group is the note-per­fect brasserie that is

Au Comp­toir, with its zinc bar and au­then­tic Gal­lic vibe that im­parts a lit­tle Pi­galle savoire faire into crunchy Kit­si­lano.

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