1763 Comox – vancouver, BC. Located at the Coast hotel.
604 622 4462
I lost my mind when Dine Out Vancouver started this year and rushed into making all my important food related decisions. I totally mixed the Brasserie Bistro up with La Brasserie on Davie st when I was making my reservation – but that didn’t matter any, ’cause the stupid La Brasserie isn’t taking part in dine out this year anyway. Though I accidentally booked at a freaking hotel restaurant, my mouth still slobbered up a storm while looking at the dine out menu:
Sautéed in garlic butter, sun dried tomatoes and artichokesin a lemon butter cream, served with frisee salad
Served with crispy Pancetta, Focaccia wafer and shredded parmesan
|Lavender Grapefruit Crusted Wild Salmon
over a Tuscany Tomato Sauce
served with seasonal vegetables and
with grainy mustard jus
served with seasonal vegetables and creamy whipped potato
|Wild Mushroom Ravioli
sun dried tomato, asiago cheese and a lemon caper cream sauce
|Dessert||Black Current Yogurt Mousse and Cointreau Chocolate Shooter|
See what I mean?! It was looking goooo-oood!
The restaurant itself did not look quite so good. I had to stifle a laugh when we walked in. I couldn’t help but soak up the amazing first impression I got from the Brasserie Bistro. Let’s review the checklist:
Romantic rope lights? check!
Mismatched linens? check!
Sad, sad patrons? check!
Hideously patterned upholstery? check!
Windows with a sweet view of the inside of a mall? check!
A server who clearly doesn’t give a damn? check!
Yup – we’re certainly dining at a hotel tonight.
I tried hard to get over my gigglefest and get down to business. Though we went for the dineout menu – I quickly browsed the regular menu. It looked decent with a fair variety of dishes ranging from $15-30. Sticking to our original plan (as ridiculous as it may have been) we ordered off of the special dine out feature menu; we ordered the caesar salads, one mushroom ravioli, and one salmon. When the salads came I took one look and said “well, I’m gonna need this!” as I reached for the lemon.
The salad actually turned out to be fine. Not too saucy, not limp, it was totally average good. Well, except for the focaccia wafer – which was super suck-tacluar.
The mushroom ravioli’s sauce may have been a little heavy on the cream – but it was a tasty dish with the pasta cooked to perfection.
The salmon was also good – the grapefruit flavor was a nice compliment to the salmon. But some dumbo decided to sprinkle black olives all over the damn place. Who ever suggested that olives could get along without cheese, alcohol, and/or loads of oil?! Olives are gross-o with tomato and fish! Bad olives! Bad!
–Sorry, I don’t have a decent picture of the salmon or the offending olives.
The best part by far was the dessert. Mmmmmmm, cherries and black currant yogurt mousse with chocolate! Woot! I LOVE black currant – look how amazing the dessert looks – plus, it tastes even better than it looks!
Overall the Brasserie was good but not exactly worth the $28 (please note, my dining companion was hesitant to agree with this statement because in all fairness we did get a 3 course meal for $28). But still – if you ever find yourself eating at the Brasserie Bistro – get your dad to pay.
Julie & Julia
No, this is not a CD. I know that – but this cute little flick just might make you feel as though your loves of food, paris, and blogging is not a total waste of a life.