Ok, so I have not submitted a review in a long while. But last night I had dinner at DB for my fathers birthday.
I had been wanting to try DB since it opened, but have not had the occasion to go.
Well opportunity came knocking so I took advantage.
there were 10 of us and all of us are foodies to some degree.
Appitizers: I ordered the Gruyère & Smoked Bacon Tartes Flambées to share and the Chef provided us with an additional Smoked Bacon & Onion. These were both good, albeit very similar in flavor....
Mains: Two of my companions are on strict diets and right off the bat this was a problem. They were told that the kitchen would accommodate their requests, but that they do not normally do substitutions. Fine. Then a few more people in our party had some requests as well, one didn't want any pasta with the salmon, but instead more veggies, the waiter was hesitant, but complied.
My self and 2 others ordered the DB burger. This is a top sirloin burger filled with braised short ribs and black truffles. MMMMMMM, it comes medium rare, fine with me, but the other two ordered it medium.
The food arrived and immediately there were problems. One of the people on a strict diet had made specific requests and the kitchen still prepared the meal not keeping these in mind. the two DB burgers that were ordered medium came back medium rare and one was 10 mins late! Furthermore, the one who ordered the salmon with no pasta and extra veg instead, got very little in compensation not to mention the serving of salmon was incredible small even for a fine dining restaurant.
From my understanding the rest of the diners meals were prepared properly.
Desert: since it was a birthday we all had cake brought in by us, but were charged $3/plate......
Service: Our waiter started off ok and through the night he was around to fill water glasses, but never came back to see how the meal was or ask if we needed anything else. He also neglected to take drink orders as our guests arrived, instead we had to flag him down. Furthermore, the restaurant was empty and we had to flag him down to get bread and the bread turned out to be room temp and the butter was frozen....wtf.
Overall this was not a good experience. While some of our companions were satisfied with their meals, the ones who had made specific requests were appalled to learn that the kitchen did not allow or like to accommodate specific requests. Furthermore, when you order a $30 burger shouldn't it come how you want it cooked and on time......
Will not return, there are too many better restaurants in Vancouver to bother giving this a second chance!