Dine Out Vancouver 2013 – Central Bistro

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013 :: 9:34 pm

Central Bistro – 1072 Denman St, Vancouver – January 28
Price per person: $28

It was my friend’s birthday and we had planned an elaborate scheme to foil into thinking that it was only dining for two. I hadn’t been to this restaurant before but he had been here both years prior and said it was quite good. I will skip right into the food and dine out that’s the meat of the post (literally).

My selection:
Appetizer: Red Truck Salt Spring Island Mussels – chorizo, tomato, basil, garlic, onion, chipotle & Red Truck lager, grilled baguette
Entrée: 8oz Sterling Silver Steak & Frites – truffled café de Paris compound butter. Arugula and enoki mushroom salad
Dessert: Warm Mexican Chocolate Cake – salted caramel sauce and cinnamon vanilla bean ice cream

They didn’t have any bread to start with, so we had to wait a while before food was served. By the time appetizer rolled around I was naturally starving :-) The mussels were plenty big and portions were quite generous – the chirizo and the soup base was quite good, made for a good bread-dipping sauce. I had not tried the carpaccio but it looked like a good size too. Funny how both dishes reminded me of Chambar, which wasn’t on my dine out list this year, but it’s been a favourite of mine many years over. I must say for the steak entree, the presentation could be a bit better, as it looked like a steak from a bar restaurant. Fries were decent, however the steak was slightly different story. I usually ask for steaks to be cooked medium-rare and this time was no different, but maybe 4 or 5 bites into it, it tasted more like 2 out of 10 in terms of doneness. I don’t mind a bit of blood, but the more I ate the more raw it tasted (maybe because of the thickness). I asked the kitchen to cook it a bit more, but when it came back I was a bit disappointed that it was still quite rare, just warmer. Dessert time came, and the chocolate cake with caramel and ice cream was good.

Ambiance was typical “dark” but intimate, and service was ok (could be a bit faster in my opinion). Slightly disappointed by the food, so overall I’d give it a 6.5.

Central Bistro Dine Out

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Central Bistro Dine Out

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Tri Pepper Crusted Vancouver Island Venison Carpaccio

Vancouver Island Venison Carpaccio

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Red Truck Salt Spring Island Mussels

Red Truck Salt Spring Island Mussels

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Swiss Chard, Goat Cheese & Pine Nut Stuffed Free Range Chicken Breast

Free Range Chicken Breast

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Sterling Silver Steak & Frites

Sterling Silver Steak & Frites

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Satsuma Orange Cheesecake

Satsuma Orange Cheesecake

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Warm Mexican Chocolate Cake

Warm Mexican Chocolate Cake

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