|Cuisine Type |||French, Mediterranean|
|Ambiance |||Patio Dining|
|Amenities |||Wheelchair Accessible|
|Pricing |||Less than $20|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, Visa, Cash|
|Cross Street |||Pender Street and Homer Street|
|Lunch–Mon.-Fri. 11:30AM-2:30PM, Dinner–Sun-Wed 5:30PM-Midnight, Thurs-Sat 5:30PM-1AM|
Profile Last Updated: April 30, 2008
Cassis Bistro continues the trend of small, chic restaurants moving to Pender Street. Cassis was voted to have the Best Value Wine List in 2004 by Vancouver magazine, and was Best New Restaurant according to the Georgia Straight in the same year. Its home is an old heritage building, which means high ceilings and a massive front window. You can sit at the bar and peer into the semi-open kitchen, or you can sink into the sofas at the rear of the room. And if it’s warm enough, you can head outdoors and settle on the petite patio.
Dine in Style!
Style, not money, is behind the décor. The dining chairs wear grey flannel suits. Wilcox, the British one, painted the trim and beams deep burgundy red and the walls green-grey. White china oblong trays on each table hold plain salt, sea salt, and pepper.
Simple French Cooking
Grandmère fare is the heart of the menu, honest, authentic, deeply tasty, and completely unfussy–except for rustic sprigs of thyme or basil. The approach is "really simple French cooking": a daube of beef that simmers for upward of four hours; blanquette de veau (when did you last see that?); choucroute with braised smoked pork shank and house-made sausage. Herbs, wine, pancetta–waves of taste roll around in your mouth from the robust coq au vin with its jaunty cockade of oven-dried tomato. This is outstanding comfort food, partly because free-range chicken (de-boned) and "a drinking wine" are the main ingredients. You will spoon it up to the last drop, wiping the final smears with chunks of bread (which comes, by the way, from Point Grey's Mix the Bakery). Is your mouth watering already?