|Cuisine Type |||French|
|Ambiance |||Outdoor Dining, Patio Dining|
|Pricing |||$21 - $30|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa|
|Getting There |||Any bus heading downtown on Douglas. Disembark at Courtenay, and walk one block toward the inner harbour|
|Cross Street |||Government and Courtney|
|Bistro: 11AM-11PM Daily Bakery: 8AM-5PM Daily|
Profile Last Updated: April 03, 2009
In the age of cable channels dedicated to cooking it's sometimes hard to remember a time when French cuisine was considered the newest thing on the planet. Seeing the name of some classic French dishes on a menu almost seems to guarantee a musty air, or something campy, like watching old Julia Child clips. For those who grew up with Asian fusion, sushi and California cuisine, French cooking can be a bit of a mystery. Enter Bon Rouge, where the cobwebs are blown off, and some classic style looks hip and inviting.
Not Another Tourist Trap
Located in the heart of Victoria's tourist strip, it's easy to think of Bon Rouge as another trap. A giant fiberglass rooster statue sporting a chef's toque might give the wary eater a shiver but seasoned pros have already given this restaurant, which opened in spring 2007, a thumbs up for authentic French bistro style. Step inside the door, and you'll see all the classic bistro touches: black and white tile floor, lacquered bistro chairs, lace curtains and gold leaf lettering on the windows.
Go ahead and order the onion gratinée (french onion soup), salade nicoise, cassoulet or coq au vin. They're the real deal. More adventurous eaters might try the braised pork belly or truité amandine. For a romantic night out, perhaps a plat pour deux, including Chateaubriand, dungeoness crab and bernaise sauce. For a lighter daytime meal, maybe a classic crepe or croque-monseiur - toasted brioche with house baked ham and gruyere cheese. The brioche comes from the boulangerie attached to the bistro, where you can also get sandwiches and picnics to go. They also serve up typical French bakery fare like croissants, danishes, the classic baguette and madelienes that would send Marcel Proust into deep reverie.