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DB Bistro Moderne

January 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

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2551 West Broadway, Vancouver
Reservations: yes – opentable or phone
Price: Above average but not crazy
Would we go back: Yes

The famous chef Daniel Boulud took over the old Feenie’s site. DB is famous for, among other things, the original DB burger – a $28 sirloin burger filled with braised short ribs and black truffles served on a parmesan bun. We will have to go back one day just to try that one. We went there for Dine Out Vancouver and, overall, it was very good. Among the starters, the duck pate and winter greens were good but I felt the moroccan tuna tartar was nothing special. Overall, the best appetizer was from the actual menu (not DOV), the alsatian flatbread starter the best – a delicious Alsatian specialty topped with bacon and onions (how can you go wrong with bacon). There were four of us so we tried each of the mains, which did not disappoint, including – the perfectly seared artic char with crispy skin, the beef pot au feu (like a fancy beef stew accompanied by a crisp toast topped with marrow – very french) and the vegetarian gnocchi. The bittersweet chocolate coupe was huge and a decadent way to end the meal. The blueberry lemon chiboust was equally good. The service was excellent, and maybe just a little overly attentive. Funnily enough, it was the decor that threw us off – it reminded us of a throwback to the late seventies and although maybe meant to be cosy, it just seemed slightly too dark and stuffy.

So we went back to the bistro recently and tried the set dinner. For $35, for an appetizer, main and dessert, it is a pretty good deal for dinner. The appetizer choice was country duck terrine or fall greens – both which came in generous portion sizes. The choice of main was grilled mahi mahi (average) or traditiional coq au vin with spaetzle (for some reason I am a sucker for spaetzle). The desserts were definitely the star of the show- all were excellent including the passion fruit souffle, lemon tart and chocolate mousse “tower”. In fact, I would consider dropping into the bistro for dessert alone. The service is attentive and excellent. In fact, there were a lot of wait staff around, which made us wonder if the restaurant was getting geared up for the Olympic crowds.

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