Vancouver Guide: Au Petit Chavignol

I recently went to a fairly new restaurant in Vancouver called Au Petit Chavignol. It is located on East Hastings street which some of you may know as 'not a very nice part of town'. It is good to note that the reputation of East Hastings is more bark than bite and there are many great little places to be discovered.

The restaurant is small, smartly decorated with a relaxed atmosphere. It is in a fairly slow part of town, which is a nice change from a lot of other popular restaurants. We sat at a table near the window and watched the rain pour down outside.

We decided to share the 'grand platter' which includes a selection of cheeses, charcuterie and accompaniments (and bread and crackers). It was delicious. I love the opportunity to try different types of cheese and meats from around the world without having to commit to a large amount. They also serve fondue, raclette and a variety of entrees.

To finish off the evening I had my first taste of creme brulee. It was flavoured with Grand Marnier and I thought I was in heaven.

I highly recommend Au Petit Chavignol for anyone living in or visiting Vancouver. And if you happen to be there for lunch, be sure to check out their store next door stocked with a overwhelming variety of cheese and delicacies.

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