Review: So.cial at le Magasin

by gigi on July 5, 2007

I went to So.cial at le Magasin the other day in Gastown. It is a French-style bistro that opened fairly recently. The space itself is pretty nice and looks out over Water Street. It was a sunny day and we could hear the steam clock chiming every hour.

so.cial at le magasin

It took us a while to decide on what to eat. The great thing about going with a group of friends is that you can coordinate your picks so you can taste basically everything on the menu. :) While we were making our choices, the waitress brought us some bread with home-made white bean dip. It tasted great and the best thing was that it kept coming without us asking for more!

so.cial at le magasin

The 5 of us also shared a plate of the charcuterie. I was expecting it to be similar to what I ate in France, which was mostly different types of sausages. But we had a selection of fois gras, duck pate, and cured venison meat. It came with crackers and dried tomatoes which went well with all 3 items. I found the cured venison to be a bit on the salty side but the fois gras and duck pate were very flavourful.

so.cial charcuterie

I had chili honey glazed duck which came with some crunchy veggie hash and beans. I couldn’t taste the chili glaze very much but the crunchy hash provided a good contrast to the duck. I like my duck a bit more rare though and felt that there was too much oil at the bottom of my dish where the veggies were sitting.

so.cial duck

Victoria had the maple seared salmon with cured pork belly and clam emulsion. I had a taste and the salmon was cooked just right and was soooo good. :) She commented that the bottom of her dish also had too much oil too and that the maple sweetness was too much towards the bottom of the dish.

so.cial salmon

Chris had the halibut which was accompanied by peas, beans, and a creamy crustacean sauce. It was sitting on a bed of crunchy potatoes which went great with the moist halibut. He found his veggies to be a bit overcooked though, which was what I experienced with mine as well.

so.cial halibut

Thu had one of the daily specials, which was a pork chop with the bone still in and a berry sauce accompaniment. The pork chop was very tender and went very well with the berry sauce.

so.cial pork

Connie had the other daily special, which was a bison steak. It had a slightly stronger taste than beef but was very tender and tasted excellent. Lucky for her…she got the last one available for the day. :) It was served on a bed of creamy mushroom risotto.

so.cial bison

After all this food, we were too stuffed for dessert. The sides for our dishes could have been better prepared, but overall, the meal was pretty good and hopefully, they will work out some of these kinks soon enough. The appetizer we all shared was about $14 and the main courses were between $24-27. We also shared a bottle of wine and the final bill came to about $47/person after tax and tip.

This was a fun place to try and I would like to come back some day to check out their brunch menu.

200-332 Water St, Vancouver
Tel: 604-669-4488

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