Review: The Smoking Dog Bistro

by gigi on October 22, 2007

Pick’s birthday was coming up so Grick and I took him out to dinner at the Smoking Dog Bistro. It is located at Kits at 1889 W. 1st Ave right at the corner by Cypress. It came highly recommended by several people and even has a $25 set menu in October.

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Despite the lure of the set menu, I was even more intrigued by their dessert menu so decided to spring for the a la carte items. :) Grick however, decided to try the set menu.

Both Pick and I ordered the French onion soup. The only other time I had French onion soup, it was way too salty and I did not enjoy it at all. This time, I could taste more of the onion and the broth was nice and light. The cheese and the crouton on top though made this quite a heavy and filling dish. I don’t think I am much of a French onion soup person…but Pick enjoyed this.

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Grick had the apple and squash soup. I liked this much more than the French onion soup. The combination of the apple and butternut squash gave this soup a great Fall feeling and was surprisingly light.

smoking dog bistro

Along with our soups, our server also brought us some baguette slices, fresh and hot from the oven. This was one of the best baguettes I had eaten other than in France. :) The outside was crispy and crusty while the inside was warm and chewy. I could have munched on this all night.

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Pick had the lamb shank, which was braised in a red wine juniper berry marinade and was served with spring vegetables and some mashed potatoes. He enjoyed this very much and noted that the meat just flaked off the bone.

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Grick’s set menu choice was the chicken alfredo. Despite what seemed to be a small dish, it was so rich and creamy that Grick could not even finish his whole dish!

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I went light and chose the ni├žoise salad. It had seared ahi tuna, roasted bell peppers, green beans, roma tomatoes, olives, and anchovy fillets. The ahi tuna was tasty for the most part but some pieces were grilled a bit too much for my taste. I also would have liked it if the anchovy fillets were broken into smaller pieces as the entire fillets were too salty when that’s all you got in one bite.

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By this time, we were all quite full. However, we figured we would be doing an injustice to ourselves if we didn’t have dessert. :) I had the lemon sabayon tart, which came with a side of berry sorbet. The lemon sabayon was very light and the lemon taste was perfect. I found the crust to be too floury though and a bit on the dry side.

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Pick had the Grand Marnier creme brulee. This was quite good although Pick and I both found the sugar topping to be too thick. Grick said he liked his creme brulee like that though.

smoking dog bistro

Grick’s set menu dessert was creme caramel. I had a little taste and this was basically the creme brulee without the sugary topping. :) It was very tasty and creamy and the light caramel syrup was not too sweet.

smoking dog bistro

Overall, dinner here was not bad and I would likely come again. There were a few items that did not meet my expectations, but maybe it was because those dishes just aren’t for me in general. Grick and Pick both enjoyed their dishdes and the set menu in particular was a great deal. Service was also prompt and friendly. Even though we were there on a Thursday evening, the restaurant was pretty much full.

Details:
1889 W 1st Ave, Vancouver
Tel: 604-732-8811

Summary:
Food: [rating:3.5]
Service: [rating:4]
Price: $$

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