Hunger, like an elusive potential mate, is best conquered with a decadent, force-fed three-course meal. Tame a bellowing belly with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of European comfort fare at La Brasserie. If you redeem your Groupon for lunch between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the eatery, you get an additional $7 credit toward your meal, making it a total value of $37.
La Brasserie boasts a menu of decadent French and German comfort fare for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch in a chic and inviting West End space. Start a midday meal with an order of the pate de campagne ($6) before diving into a main course of mussels and fries ($15). The pared-down dinner menu offers elegant appetizers, including fresh oysters ($3 each) and an Alsatian onion tart ($9), alongside sinful and savoury entrees such as the 7 oz. skirt steak with truffle-morel butter or peppercorn and a side of frites ($22) and the house-made bratwurst with pommes puree, sauerkraut, and onion jus ($19). A guest favourite, the succulent suckling pig ($21) comes served with sauerkraut, schupfnudel, and the complete works of Cavalier poet Sir John Suckling.
An abundant beer selection features German-heavy offerings for guzzlers. Oenophiles can swivel stems of well-plucked vino vintages, and grizzled schoolmarms can opt for something stronger. Stop in on a Sunday morning to watch chefs in the open kitchen cook up your morningly croque madame ($13), or woo the boss's comely step-cousin over a leisurely weekday lunch in the intimate 35-seat eatery.
- On the German front, suckling pig with schupfnudel (potato gnocchi) and sauerbraten with spaetzle (beef brisket marinated in red wine, then slow-braised) are flavourful and hearty dishes. On the French side, there's coq au vin and steak tartare but the best of the French dishes I tried were the onion soup and onion tart. The onions were beautifully caramelized in both dishes. – Mia Stainsby, Vancouver Sun
- The food menu is a meat lover's delight (vegetarians steer clear) that boasts classic European comfort foods with big flavours, full-sized portions and not a whiff of fusion mussiness. – Alexandra Gill, Globe and Mail
- Tickled with sauerkraut, [the suckling pig] was like the warm, sweet breath of Princess Leia on your face as she nuzzles you awake. – Andrew Morrison, Westender