Review: Mistral French Bistro

by gigi on February 17, 2008

My last Dine Out of the year was with Derek, Connie, and Wendy. I was in charge of picking the restaurant so I chose Mistral Bistro because this was on my list of places to try. Also, the menu looked pretty good so I figured it would be a good pick. Mistral is located on W. Broadway right next to Feenie’s and Lumiere. Mistral is a French Bistro that opened up fairly recently and I had heard quite a few good things about it. Evidently, a lot of other people had heard the same thing because there was a huge crowd waiting outside by the time we left the restaurant around 8:30pm.

After we placed our orders, we were served some yummy French bread and whipped butter. I love whipped butter because it’s so light and airy and you don’t need to put a lot on the bread. The French bread was still a bit warm and was crusty on the outside and chewy and yummy on the inside…just the way it should be. :)

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I started with the salmon tartare. The salmon was mixed with some citrus cream and crunchy cucumber chunks on top. I found it hard to really taste the salmon because there was too much cream. However, I found the cucumber to be a nice contrast to the creamy salmon.

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For my main course, I had the duck confit with navy beans, beets, and lamb sausage. The duck was moist but not too fatty, which is sometimes the case with duck. I also liked the beets because they were not too mushy and had a nice sweet flavour. Although I thought that the navy beans and lamb sausage were also quite tasty, I didn’t feel that they went very well with the duck. I would have been happy with just the duck and beets…and maybe the beans. :)

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I felt that my dessert was the best dish of the evening. I chose the dark chocolate mousse, which was very creamy and full of chocolate flavour. I only had two scoops for my dish but I really wish there was more…although my waistline may thank me that there wasn’t! :) Derek thought that the presentation left something to be desired, but the taste more than made up for it.

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Here are some pictures of Connie’s and Wendy’s orders. I can’t remember their exact comments on their dishes but they did enjoy them quite a bit. :)

Wendy picked some pork cheeks with olives, winter vegetables, and pea cakes for her main course…

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…and a waffle with vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, almonds, and nutella cream. I was trying to decide between the waffle and the chocolate mousse…they both looked so yummy!

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For Connie’s main course, she had the prawns, mussels, and daily fish with veggies and a saffron aioli. Although she liked the prawns and mussels, she noted that her fish was a bit fishy tasting.

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Although my dinner at Mistral was quite good, I felt like it really could have been better. Just like Unwine’d, it fell a bit short of my expectations although the desserts really saved the day. The prices for the regular menu also seem to be quite reasonable so I would really like to come back here for a non-Dine Out experience. Despite them being quite busy that evening, our service was prompt and friendly.

2585 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Tel: 604-733-0046

Food: [rating:3]
Service: [rating:3]
Price: $$ (we had all had the $25 dine-out menu)

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