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Introducing...

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, potée bretonne, and beignets. 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.

When?

See the scheduling category of the blog for details on when and where we'll be open. It's quite variable these days.

Where?

Somewhere in Nanaimo for the most part, or other places on Vancouver Island that we're invited to.

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:

Open… later? (Sat, 27 Aug 2016)

The new roof vent is proving to be difficult to install. The previous fan framework inside the trailer (what the previous fan screwed into) was incompatible with the new, more standard passive vent I’m installing. Unfortunately, the way it was built meant I had to dismantle even more than I had anticipated. So I’m still…

Winter quarters approved! (Thu, 25 Aug 2016)

I’m pleased to announce that winter quarters for Bistro Breizh have been arranged. I’ll again be at Living Forest Oceanside Campground & RV Park! A fantastic place, great people, lovely views, and easily accessible. Barring any further mishaps, and I’m not going to predict any such thing at this point, we’ll be there starting Wednesday,…

Nice view (Mon, 22 Aug 2016)

Well, it might have ended in me finding a new problem, but Piper’s Lagoon was definitely one of the nicest locations I’ve set up. Here’s the view from my “office” which, barring the cars, is pretty cool: I particularly like this detail of the trailer that was brought out by the wonderful light: And Piper’s…

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.
In no particular order, links to sites, businesses, and people we like. Either because they're helpful, useful, fun, or all three.

Ordering

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