Linh Café and Jules Bistro among participating restaurants in 2018's Goût de France

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      A record nine Vancouver restaurants have signed on to participate in 2018’s Goût de France—or Good France en anglais—an international dining event that sees French and French-influenced eateries around the world serving up special multi-course meals in celebration of French gastronomy.

      On March 21, Tableau Bar Bistro (1181 Melville Street), Bistro Pastis (2153 West 4th Avenue), Linh Café (2836 West 4th Avenue), La Brass (4473 West 10th Avenue), Provence Marinaside (1177 Marinaside Crescent), Bistro 41 (2156 West 41st Avenue), The French Table (3916 Main Street), Le Crocodile (100–909 Burrard Street), and Jules Bistro (216 Abbott Street) will present prix-fixe menus along with 3,000 other establishments across 150 countries.

      Dishes include everything from fine-dining plates like carre d'agneau (rack of lamb) at Le Crocodile, to fusion offerings such as escargot and ling cod in velouté sauce at Linh Café, to bistro-style starters like foie gras terrine at Jules Bistro. Set-menu prices start at $42 with wine pairings available at an additional cost.

      Full menus for each participating restaurant can be viewed online. Reservations can be made by phone or through each spot’s respective websites.

      Founded in 2015 by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and renowned French chef Alain Ducasse in response to the addition of French gastronomy to the UNESCO World Heritage List, Goût de France is an annual dining event that toasts to French cooking and the joie de vivre that comes with it.

      Vancouver’s Le Crocodile has participated in the international celebration since its inception, with Bistro Pastis and Save On Meats joining in 2017.