I've been wanting to try DB Bistro ever since chef Daniel Boulud came to Vancouver. I've heard rave reviews about his burger, which I plan on going back to try!
I expected more as far as service goes - the waiter was not very attentive to our empty wine and water glasses at all. In fact, he made eye contact with me from a few feet away as I took my last swallow of wine, but simply smiled and turned away. Kind of surprising, since most servers would clue in to ask if you wanted another. Good thing the food more than made up for it.
To start, I had the Winter Green Salad, with herbed goat cheese, butternut squash, and pumpkin seed and walnut dressing. I know most people would think, "oh, it's just salad" but it was amazing!! The dressing really brought out all the flavours of the salad ingredients, which really tasted fantastic together. I would have ordered this for dessert, it was that good.
My entrée was the seared Arctic Char with cauliflower mousselline, radish, romanesco, and grenobloise butter - never heard of those before, but holy cow, did they ever make for a fantastic combination. My first bite, and I was in heaven. It was a very small portion though, and I was really hungry - so I ended up filling up mostly on bread. The bread was actually nice - a combination of several different kinds - all very nice & fresh. I just wish I could have had another portion of that fish. It was so buttery and delicious, and the skin was seared nice & crispy - I ate all of it (I usually don't eat fish skin).
When I saw the desserts leaving the kitchen and being served to other diners, I changed my selection from the citrus floating island to the chocolate coupe - which was essentially chocolate rice crispies at the bottom of a glass, then a scoop of chocolate coffee ice cream and some kind of velvety-smooth chocolate mousse-type creamy goodness piped around that. And if that wasn't enough, a few shards of very thin chocolate were stuck in to top it all off. It was heavenly!!
I can't wait to go back to see what other fabulous creations are on the menu.