Even on a dreary winter day, this sunny-yellow bistro is a bright spot in Vancouver's culinary landscape. Chef-owner Jean-Yves Benoît is in the kitchen, while his wife Minna welcomes guests, offers wine, and ensures that the dining room runs smoothly. The menu emphasizes Provençal classics, including pasta topped with pistou (basil, garlic, and Parmesan cheese), cassoulet (a hearty casserole of duck confit, sausages, bacon, and beans), and seafood bourride
(a garlicky stew brimming with fresh fish, prawns, and scallops). The lunch menu includes soups and salads along with more substantial fare—the better to keep the rain at bay.