Jan 29, 2012

Bistro 101 at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts

Last week I was lucky enough to get a Dine Out Vancouver reservation at Bistro 101 at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA).  I actually had the day that Dine Out Vancouver started taking reservations marked into my schedule so that I could make a reservation at Bistro 101 after trying to make one with no success for the past 2 years.  In 2010 they won Diner's Choice for Dine Out, I could not wait to try their menu - especially since they are an incredibly reasonable $18 per person, for a 3 course meal!

The location is fantastic, located right at the entrance to Granville Island and the restaurant itself has obviously been renovated recently.  The service upon arrival was very prompt, and whats even better is that all of the servers are actually enrolled in the Culinary Arts program at PICA. This made their food knowledge and recommendations that much better.

After ordering our meals we were presented with an amazing bread basket.  I have never seen anything quite like it.  The basket was brought by a pastry chef, and each type of bread was explained. There were no less than 6 different types of bread and buns, not to mention the homemade flatbread and crackers. I would go back to Bistro 101 for the bread alone.  PICA actually has a bakery that features different items daily.

My first course was an Organic Ocean Albacore Tuna with preserved beet and goat cheese salad (pictured below), that can only be described in one word - outstanding. The flavours were so well balanced, the tuna was perfectly seared and the difference in textures made for an amazing plate. I chose to try one of the British Columbia VQA wine flights.  I highly recommend you do the same when visiting Bistro 101.  The Sandhill Winery Sauvignon Blanc paired with my appetizer perfectly!

My entree was a Lemon Oil seared Steelhead with black fragrant rice and pestled aromatics.  The Steelhead was cooked to perfection and was seasoned perfectly.  It was nice to have a light side that included lightly sauteed spinach and asparagus.

For dessert I chose the 'Deep Freeze' option, that was presented beautifully.  The dessert was good had great flavour and a nice mix between creamy and crunchy.  But my boyfriend had the Chocolate Trio - a dark chocolate lava cake, with a creamy white chocolate filling served with a milk chocolate ice cream.  Take my advice and have the Chocolate Trio! Amazing.

Overall, I was extremely impressed with our meal.  Not only were the meals an amazing value, so were the wine flights, at a bargain $9.  The quality of the food can not be beat at that price (or at any other!).

Bistro 101 is sold out for the remainder of Dine Out Vancouver.  However, during non-Dine Out times, they offer a very affordable 3 course dinner, Monday through Thursday, for $24 and on Friday nights they offer a buffet for $30.  Bistro 101 also offers a lunch menu during the week. 

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1 comment:

  1. Very nice post. I love Bistro 101. Amazing deals all year round!