Last week, Darina from Gratinée took me out for dinner at DB Bistro Moderne, a French restaurant in Kitsilano for helping get her blog transitioned to the Thesis theme (affiliate link). I have been there a couple of times before, including during their tastings before it was officially open to the public when Lumiere and DB was relaunched by world renowned chef Daniel Boulud over a year ago. I really enjoyed dining there both of those times, so was extremely excited to go back and be able to write about it this time around.
We were seated in a corner table in the restaurant and we settled in and ordered some wine to start while we decided on what to order for our meals. After a lot of hemming and hawing and trouble with decision-making on my part, we both opted to try the 2010 Winter Olympics ‘Hangover’ Prix Fixe dinner.
Once we put in our order, our bread came along to snack on while we were waiting. There was a selection of foccacia and regular bread with butter, and we ended up with a couple of baskets to eat which came in handy for our appetizer tray that came first.
At around this point in the evening, General Manager Chris Gonzalez came over and we introduced each other (Darina has met him before outside of the restaurant). We chatted for a bit, and he then brought out a full charcuterie platter that included the Duck Pate en Croute (magret, leg, gizzard, farce and foie gras with figs and pastry crust), Pork Terrine ‘Grand-Pere with wild mushrooms and foie gras (my favourite of them all), House made bresaola, chorizo and Tuscan salami, and Cornichons, pickled vegetables, onion compote and grainy mustard. This was an absolutely fantastic start to our meal, and also ended up to be quite substantial with all of the bread we ate with it.
Next up were our tarte flambee picks, including the escargot and bacon option that I chose. I found it to be salted just the right amount over a thin crust with plenty of cheese.
I preferred Darina’s pick more though – she opted for the gruyere and bacon version instead. The flavour of the cheese tasted great with the meat and sweet onions over top.
We only made it about halfway through each of our appetizers, as we weren’t sure we would have enough room for the mains and desserts yet to come. We weren’t expecting a meal quite as substantial as what we got since we it was only $30 for the prix fixe, and I’m glad that I held off a bit.
Next up was the Coq au Vin for our entrees (we both decided on the same dish). Chicken isn’t something I normally order when out at a restaurant, but the fact that it was served with bacon and mushrooms made me feel like going for it this time. It was also very good, but I couldn’t get myself to finish off the final few bites.
Our main was also served a side of buttery spaetzle, which is a stringy home made German pasta (at least how I’ve come to know it).
Nearing a full stomach, we then had our desserts arrive. I went with the Apple Confit, served with vanilla ice cream. I was expecting it to be served a little differently,with a little more crust and a little less apple. Maybe this is more because I usually like the crust better than the filling when I’m eating a pie and similar such treats. It was still done well, just not something I would order again due to personal preference.
Last of all, Darina had the Tarte au Citron, which I liked better than my choice. Served with meringue and a delicious currant sorbet, I was in heaven eating this light dessert. I would definitely have this one again next I go.
To wrap up our meal, Chris brought over a serving of warm and lightly sugared Lemon Profiteroles. I’ve had these on a previous visit to DB Bistro, and also managed to eat every last one of them that time as well.
Overall, I really enjoyed my meal at DB Bistro Moderne. The atmosphere was what I would describe as a great retro modern feel, the food was fabulous, the service was fantastic, and the company was of course wonderful as well. I will definitely be back!