Submitted Wednesday, September 6, 2006 - 11:25pm [Dine in]
This small hidden gem in Victoria is a must for people who enjoy flavor. Upon entering the front doors I felt as if I were walking into a small part of Italy. There was an open kitchen with cooks preparing food over a giant wooden counter, pots and pans hanging form the ceiling and the floors were of terracotta tile with welcoming wooden tables and chairs. The servers were non pretentious and well informed about the wines and preparation of the food. The menu was simple with quality choices. For the person that can not make up their mind (like me) there was the tasting menu with wine pairings. The time in-between each course was perfect and the glasses of wine were not on the shy side. Not to mention the price was right. $45 for three substantial courses is a good deal. Unlike most places that offer this type of deal the food here was packed full of good flavors. When in Victoria I will be going back for seconds.
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I have read some of the reviews of Mistral after I ate there. It is unfortunate that there was a bad one as I see this place making a great name for its self in Vanouver. The food was a refined version of La Regulads food for the same price. I do not know where you can get a Veal T-bone for the same value as Mistral's. Veal, Morels, Perfect! Everyone at our table found the food to be exceptional for the price paid. when I move back to Vancouver I will be making sure it is one of my first places to go back to. I recomend this place to anyone that likes good simple french food.
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Submitted Thursday, February 16, 2006 - 12:29pm [Dine in]
I was at West about a week ago on my Birthday. I had fantastic service, but unfortunatly the food did not match. I went there to have the West testing menu with wine pairings. Of the seven course meal I was only impressed by two courses: the sunchoke flan and the Squab. The kobe beef was a good dish, but when I ask for it rare I don't want to see medium rare, nor do I want the the dried out cut end piece of the steak.
The cheese plate was another course that I found to be rather weak. When I get a cheese plate I like to see new and unfamiliar cheeses. This plate was three cheeses with some small slices of pears and apple. I felt that the plate could have been jazzed up much more.
It was a good dinner but I felt for the price that was paid it could have been a whole lot better.
As for the open Kitchen, great idea, but when you see young cooks playing with their hair to make sure it looks good and then touching the food without washing their hand it can be a turn off.
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