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Bistro Breizh, a mobile concession based in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, offering traditional delights of Brittany.

We have a selection of savoury and sweet dishes based on traditional Breton recipes, made as much as possible with quality, locally sourced, non-factory processed ingredients. We will mainly specialize in galettes, which are crêpes made with buckwheat and stuffed with mouth-watering goodness, both savoury and sweet.

As we get established we'll also be offering lesser known dishes from my childhood, such as far breton, and potée bretonne. Even some less Breton dishes such as moules frites, which could be Breton if we squint. The menu is still in development, and will of course also evolve over the seasons and the years.

The only common thread will be that it'll be delicious.


Vacation! We'll re-open Thursday 27 October at Living Forest Campground. Usual Thursday to Sunday service will resume at that time.

Also, we'll be at White Sails Brewing on 29 October and 05 November, from just after noon to "whenever people stop eating".

Our regular hours, barring breakdowns, events, or other happenings are as follows: (last updated: 18 Sept 2016)
09:00 to 14:00 ...ish at Living Forest Campground
09:00 to 14:00 ...ish at Living Forest Campground
17:00 to 22:00 at Arbutus Distillery, helping to make their Arbutus Cocktail Lounge a rousing success. We start Friday, 23 September.
10:00 to 15:00 ...ish at Living Forest Campground
09:00 to 14:00 ...ish at Living Forest Campground
Mon, Tue, Wed: closed
However, we will occasionally have events that we attend, so the above is only a guideline. See the scheduling category of the blog for up-to-date details on when and where we'll be open.


As of Friday, 9 September we'll be at Living Forest Campground, with occasional forays to events and other happenings in and around Nanaimo. Yes, it used to say Thursday, 8 Sept but we suffered a plumbing problem.

Events and Catering

We will be attending events throughout Vancouver Island, although probably not beyond that given ferry costs for truck+trailer. We will eventually offer limited catering, but not immediately. In addition, regular patrons will get special invites to experimental gastronomic evenings where we try out new recipes and new menu candidates.

Bistro Breizh News

The last three posts on the news feed are:

Post-vacation schedule post (Tue, 25 Oct 2016)

Hey fans! We’re back. Trailer is getting fixed up and waterproofed by West Coast Motor Sport in Lantzville, so we should be back in business on schedule for Thursday. This week we start our two week trial with White Sails Brewing so come on down and enjoy great beer with your galettes and crêpes. Personally,…

Sinking ships and trailers (Fri, 14 Oct 2016)

Hey everyone. Remember when I said that storms wouldn’t stop me? I was wrong. Trailer is leaking like a sieve, and I can’t fix it while it’s still raining. So we’ll NOT be at Arbutus Distillery tonight (Friday, 14 October) due to needing to tarp the trailer to stop the leaks. We will also NOT…

Stormy galettes and crêpes (Wed, 12 Oct 2016)

Yes, it’s going to be windy, and raining, and generally unpleasant weather the next few days. Are we going to allow this to stand between you and your crêpes and galettes? Absolutely not! We’ll be open at Living Forest from 10:00 to 14:00 Thursday to Sunday, and we’ll be at Arbutus Distillery Lounge from 17:00…

Search the news blog for the SCHEDULE category to see the latest "where are we" posts.

General Information

Frequently (and not so frequently) Asked Questions

What's that name?
Breizh, pronounced a little like "Braze" with a rolling R, is the Breton language name for Britanny, a region of western France.
Breton? As in Elder Scrolls?
Nope. Breton, as in someone from Britanny (a.k.a. Bretagne, or Breizh). An area best known for granite megaliths, great food, and great drink. Sadly, since the megaliths are too heavy and B.C. liquor laws are too restrictive I can only present the great food at this time. Actual Bretons predate the Elder Scrolls by quite a few centuries.
What's a galette?
Like a crêpe, but unsweetened and traditionally made with buckwheat.
What's a crêpe?
Like a galette, but sweet and made with what is known as "soft" wheat.
Why is your website so crap?
We're spending all our time and energy getting things set up in more important areas. The site is currently a placemarker, laying claim to the name and giving people a glimpse into the future. Once things are more set up we'll probably start doing neat things with the website. Until then, it'll just stay fairly basic.
Where did you train?
Been cooking and baking from the age of 5, apparently. I remember cooking and baking for others from about age 7 onwards. I've taken a few courses in various places, but I've mostly learned by doing. Although I still have lots to do, and lots to learn, I'm quite sure that folks will be pleased with the results so far.
What did you do before?
I try not to talk too much about what I did before. I worked with computers, with most of my career spent working with large, complex installations for large corporations. That's behind me now. The only chips I care about now are the frites I'm considering putting on the menu, either as part of a "galette-frites" (which is definitely more Britain than Breton) or those served with moules-frites (which also isn't all that Breton, but still very tasty).
Where's your menu?
Being worked up. First version will be very simple, and we'll work up from there as we discover what the local tastes are.
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If you want to pre-order galettes to make sure we have enough freshly made, either:
  • text us at +1.250.667.6714
You can try to phone us if you want, but if we can't answer right away you might not be able to leave a message due to limitations with our phone provider.

Someday we'll have a contact form here to allow online orders. That day has not yet arrived.

Contact Info

The main contact email address is:

Or you can phone or text us at +1.250.667.6714 (in Nanaimo)

We're also on Twitter: @BistroBreizh
And Facebook: Bistro Breizh page