We were at Smoking Dog Bistro about two weeks ago, when the Chef was just preparing his new menu. There was no allowance for this, and the fact that the menu was severely restricted. We ordered the hamburgers, which turned out to be reheated frozen patties, on a cold white bun. The poutine was barely okay. The wine exorbitantly priced. Total cost: $80+. A complete rip-off. No ambiance to speak of; there was hardly anyone else in the restaurant at the time. Will never return. Don't really care what new menu the Chef comes up with. We rarely complain but this is one instance when we felt we had been duped.
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Submitted Sunday, January 6, 2008 - 8:37pm [Dine in]
We just had our second visit to Bistrot Bistro. Last time, it was summer; the doors were open and we enjoyed the closeness to the street ambience. This time, however - a rainy winter evening -it was cold and drafty. We felt we were being rushed. As we left barely 70 minutes after we arrived, there were about a dozen people crammed in the doorway and on the sidewalk waiting for their table. The decor is minimal; there is not atmosphere. We were all crammed in closely-spaced tables. And we shivered every time the front door opened. The food was very ordinary. The halibut was bland; the chicken arrived undercooked and had to be sent back to the kitchen. There are so many fabulous eateries in this price range in Vancouver, one would question returning to Bistrot Bistro.
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