For Jenkins’ dad’s birthday, we decided to take the family to Mistral French Bistro. Jenkins’ dad wanted to have something other than the usual Asian fare but wanted something that was reasonably priced. Since I had a recent hankering for some French food, I decided that we would go to Mistral. It had been quite a while since I was last there so I figured a re-visit was in order.
The complimentary bread was served warm and was actually quite tasty, with a crusty outside. I ate more of this than I probably should have but I was quite hungry that evening.
Both Jenkins and his brother decided to have the prix fixe dinner for $35. First came a warm goat cheese salad drizzled in a lemon-Dijon dressing. The salad was quite delicious and came with some prosciutto and of course, two warm discs of goat cheese perched. The goat cheese was not too strong and went really well with the salad.
I skipped the appetizer since I had a huge main course waiting for me, namely the daily special of an 8oz AAA rib eye steak. The steak was enormous and perfectly grilled rare. It came in a red wine shallot sauce with some shallots piled on top and some seasonal vegetables. I could really taste the red wine in my sauce, which was not overly rich and went really well with the steak.
My steak also came with some sticks of potato, I think (on the left) and some fries. The sticks were only ok and I forgot to ask our server what it was. The fries were quite tasty but I felt that the could have been crispier. However, they were quite tasty when I dipped them in my red wine sauce.
Jenkins went for the coq au vin, which was quite a large and hearty dish. The chicken was slowly braised and could be picked apart with just a fork. It absorbed all of the delicious red wine sauce that it was cooked in and the accompanying vegetables soaked up the sauce as well. This came piled on top of some fettuccini which served as a good starch accompaniment to the chicken.
And finally, it was time for dessert. Jenkins decided to go healthy and chose the coconut sorbet with pineapples. It was very simple but also very refreshing with the coconut sorbet and pineapples making a great match for one another.
I decided to go the slightly more decadent route with the warm soft centred chocolate cake. This came with some orange segments, chocolate mint ice cream, and some chocolate-mint ice cream. Despite this obvious indulgence, my dessert was not overly heavy and I think the richness of the cake was offset with the orange and coolness of the ice cream. I felt a bit like the mint ice cream and orange seemed to be doing too many things at once but I still enjoyed my dessert.
I quite enjoyed my visit to Mistral Bistro. It’s a bustling bistro that’s pretty casual and serves some great food and reasonable prices. The prices aren’t super low but for the portion sizes and quality of food, I think it is more than fair value. Although they were quite busy when we were there, our servers did their best to be attentive and answered all our questions promptly.
2585 West Broadway, Vancouver
Food: [rating: 4]