Since the controversial â€˜changing of the guards’ at this well known Kits location, I haven’t been to this neighborhood for awhile. My friend and fellow lifestyle blogger Vancouver Social Spot organized a dinner at DB Bistro for us group of foodie friends. I haven’t really seen my blogging yield any special powers but I sure witnessed some that night.
My friend had casually mentioned to Chris, general manager of DB Bistro, that there was a couple of bloggers in the group and he said he follows my friend’s blogâ€¦ boy did he bring out customer service big guns.
I haven’t tried a lot of French cuisine in this city so it was a treat to experience it at this highly acclaimed restaurantâ€¦ even though they did have a shaky start.
To set the tone of the night, Chris treated us to complimentary glass of bubbly and one of the Tartes Flambees.
The tartes flambees served was crisp Alsatian Flat Bread with wild mushrooms. The flat bread was light and crispy but not too tough. I think the mushrooms were morels? Even though the ingredients were simple, the delicious flavours of the mushrooms were enough.
All of us picked items from the 3 course prix fixe menuâ€¦ because it was easier to do than trying to struggle what to order a la cart. For my starter, I chose the Spring Salad.
It’s the probably one of the tastiest spring mix salad of mesclun, carrots, beets, peas and fava Beans, and Hazelnut Dressing. Each forkful was a different texture because of the many vegetables packed into this plate. The hazelnut dressing was surprisingly light and creamy.
Everyone at the table ordered the barely pronounceable Bouillabaisse Provencal (like to mention I did get an A in French 12).
It was a dish of Herb-crusted Halibut, Squid, Mussels, Garlic Rouille with the tomato saffron sauce freshly poured at the table. The citrus tangyness of the tomatoes was nicely mellowed out to complement the seafood. The halibut was very tender and yet flaky. The dish was also served with a side toasted baquette slices and aioli which you can put in the sauce. It was like a posh version of Ritz crackers and tomato soup.
For dessert, I had sunshine and summer on a plate… or also known as lemon meringue with a scoop of homemade blackberry sorbet.
It was too pretty to eat but I ate it so fast I don’t remember chewing. The lemon meringue had this really nice custard like quality with the top meringue tasting like marshmallows. Before our desserts were brought out, we also had a complimentary cute pail of fresh madeleines.
Chris worked the room but paid extra attention to us. He even made a point to mention to our waiter that he had to leave early and couldn’t properly say farewell to us. I rarely experience this type of VIP service in Vancouver aside from the great folks at Pourhouse and Boneta.
The cuisine here was excellent and what a great room to hold a special event. Now just waiting until I flex some of my blogging musclesâ€¦ or not 😉
Last modified: January 13, 2011