Date Night at Jules Bistro in Gastown
All parents need a break from parenting so that when we return to our offspring, we feel recharged and give them the best version of ourselves.
Finding a sitter can be hard, especially when you don’t have family nearby to help out. Fortunately, we have some great friends who are willing to jump in as in loco parentis when we need a break. As back up arrives, How To Train Your Dragon 3 is cued up and a big bowl of corn is popped which provides a diversion so we sneak out the door and head to our pre-kids stomping grounds in Gastown.
We decided to cab it down instead of franticly looking for a space to park our new SUV that is taking some getting used to and, more importantly, I don’t have to worry about scuffing the rims, a significant point of contention with the hubby.
Jules Bistro is tucked away on Abbot Street in Gastown and is made noticeable by a bright yellow patio umbrella and bushy green shrubs that frame the classic glass-paned windows. The cool spring evening weather prompts us to sit indoors by an open window, giving us fresh air and the last rays of sunshine from the day.
Walking into the space you are immediately greeted with exposed brick walls (which I personally love) and vaulted ceilings that open up the cosy space. The soft light paired with candles lit on café style tables ooze intimacy. Off in the corner sits an antique piano with candles, begging to be played. I imagine how pleasant it would be to walk in and hear soft piano music in the background.
The French vibe of the space takes me back to childhood memories of family adventures in France. We would climb into the family car and drive from our home in Manchester to the south of France in search of adventure. Inevitably we would land up at a French bistro and escargot would be ordered up. The garlic and butter smelled tempting, but the curled up creepy crawlies never made it to my mouth.
Until today. It is time to finally try escargot. Jules presents a much more appealing dish than I remember. Having them already shelled and presented in a cute little plate, they look more like stuffed button mushrooms than miniature alien garden nomads.
Check out the video of my first bite! I went for it. So much so that I burnt my tongue.
The verdict? Squishier then I thought it would be, and not rubbery and chewy like squid. Definitely an interesting texture, the taste, I have to admit was not very strong but that may be due to the fact that I burnt my taste buds in the process.
Aware of that feeling of eating too fast, so we slow down intentionally so we can save some room for dessert.
Tyler suggests that we share a dessert and I am not opposed to this idea. Even if I am full to the brim, I will always find room for dessert. Which dessert do we pick (dessert menu)?
The Melting chocolate cake and Caramelized apple tart jumped out and the server confirmed that they are the most popular choices. Both it is! We salivate as photos are taken and inhale both deserts. We will be back.