Ouisi Bistro is Vancouver's orignal New Orleans restaurant, serving up authentic cajun and creole cuisine.
Hubby and I were doing some early Christmas shopping on the Granville Rise. Feeling peckish, and passing by, we read the menu outside and thought we would try Ouisi.
Hubby ordered a chorizo, potato and sausage hash, which he said was quite tasty. Coffee, however, was weak and not very hot. Refills were hard to come by...
I ordered "Egg Me On", one poached egg, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers, sprouts and toast. The egg was good, but lukewarm. Everything else, including the toast, was cold and lumped in separate piles on the plate.
I asked (Itwice) or orange pekoe tea, and got a mug of hot water and a tea bag. No milk, no offer of milk.
Service was perfunctory at best. Middle-aged shoppers were not cool enough, apparently, for any interest. I really don't really care how many facial piercings you have, honey, if I'm spending my money, I expect some effort on your part.
Won't return to be invisible again. For not very good food.
For the longest time, I've been meaning to give their menu a try. Only just recently gotten around to doing so for a late dinner. I thought the service was adequate, though unenthusiastic, while my dining partner felt it was cold & bordering on neglect. Food preparation is relatively slow. Complimentary cornbread was decently moist, though it comes with an obviously prepackaged rectangle of unsoftened butter for a boring spread, but that's about standard for general offerings elsewhere.
The 3 course tasting menu doesn't provide value, but it does provide a less than satisfactory dining experience. The Jambalaya is just typical seafood drenched in a tomato sauce that tastes of the instant/canned variety--my dining companion actually felt it was like sauce masking cardboard, but I wouldn't go so far as to call it such. I wouldn't recommend anything that comes with their fragranted rice as neither the green nor the regular variety is any good. As a matter of fact, they offer an odd taste and is a bit too mushy resembling the instant Uncle Ben's microwave variety. The gumbo variety is awful in its heavily salted black sauce. Maybe you shouldn't be going here for the New Orleans/Creole cuisine, but rather, the simply baked/grilled chicken and such dishes might be a safer bet. I would also not recommend getting any of the desserts offered with the tasting menu.
My wife and I came here last night for a couple's Supper Club Night. The restaurant is small, dark and funky. The wall hangings have lots of reference to jazz and New Orleans.
I started off with the cornbread and butter basket and my wife had the baby spinach salad with vinaigrette and blue cheese. The cornbread is one of the best I've ever had. Not too sweet, and not too gritty, it was moist yet also crumbly in texture. My wife finished her salad, so it must have been okay.
I had the Apricot Expresso Brandy glazed 1/2 chicken with steam veggies and a cornbread/andouille sausage stuffing with smoked corn sauce. One of the better meals that I have had dining out. chicken was moist and flavourful...didn't really taste the expresso though. The stuffing was outstanding with the most conbread and spicy fried cubes of andouille sausage. Smoked corn sauce was really good too, just a bit oily for my taste though.
My wife had the Voodoo Ribs with potatoes and veggies. She said her ribs were falling off the bone and were excellent.
Service was good, not great. My water was refilled 3 times withouth me having to ask for it. My wie shared a bottle of wine with 2 other people sitting at our table.
After tax and tip (which for most parties over 6 people, an automatic 16% gratuity is added), it came to $84 for the both of us. I just wish that the waitress told me that before I almost added another 15% tip on top of the bill...fortunately for me, I caught it stated at the bottom of the receipt
Would I go again, probably, if I was in the area.
I really don’t have much to say about the food as it doesn’t stand out. The food is just OK, but it’s consistent although it never seems to be warm enough.
However, the service is not as consistent as the food. The service is more or less decent, but somewhat amateurish. During one dinner my server had a bit of a flippant attitude and just did what he was supposed to without really caring. At one point he spilled a full beer on me. I watched the whole fiasco play out in slow motion. The server went to put the beer on the table, but wasn’t paying attention to where he was setting it down as he was scanning the room instead. He ended up placing the beer on a knife and the whole thing tipped over and spilled into my lap. He brought a cloth over for me, but it was ineffective as even my underwear was soaked.
I understand that accidents happen, but the server’s subsequent actions were very disappointing. He didn’t bring any dessert or whatever to make it up to me and he didn’t comp anything on the meal either. The least he could have done was offered me a free dessert for soaking my pants in beer. His carelessness ended my evening there as I had to go home and miss the movie premier I had passes to. I lived too faraway to go home and change and make it to the theatre so the evening was a write off.
I went back to Ouisi last night and wasn't entirely "wowed". My friend tried the House Flight which was a sampler dish and if you've never had Gater before you can at least say you've tried it (not for me) I found the menu a bit lacking in variety, and a bit pricey. The ambiance is unique though.
We went once for a dinner for two and it was good enough to go back and try out more dishes. The second time I tried a chicken dish but it didn't settle well with me. It could have been the spices, but i like hot stuff! We were mostly ignored and I felt like we just had to leave the place. I'm not ugly or anything but I felt like it. I have heard not very good things about this place from others. I think that's why they did the renovations and I haven't been back since. Mebbe it's changed?
I hope someone writes something good so I can think about giving it another try. sigh!
We were looking forward to trying this restaurant. We were greeted nicely and seated and then forgotten about for the rest of our time there. No one greeted us at the table and we had to flag down someone to order drinks and our meal. It wasn't that busy either. The food was pretty good but the bad service made the whole experience unpleasant.
Took my lovely wife out for her fiftyth birthday celebration. She picked Ouisi's for a change of pace. Drove in from Port Moody. Nice place, interesting ambiance. The food was pretty good. We had a couple of appy's. Liked the 'gator best! The main dishes were ok to great. Two people had jambalya which were definately mediocre. Two people had Po'boys which I think were good. I had the Chicken and Duck Sausage Gumbo, it was great! I would definately eat that again. So why the mediocre rating? My wife ordered a New Orleans Fizz to start out the night. She made quite the face when she took a sip and offered me a taste. Yuck! Tasted like soap! Passed it around and everyone agreed it was nasty. When the server checked in we mentioned the taste and sent the drink back. Turns out the simple syrup container had been filled with liquid soap! Blech! I understand this could happen to anyone but what I didn't like was no apology from management and I had to ask if they were comp-ing the drink. They were but nothing else was done. When I'm fed soap I would appreciate a little better treatment than that.
i heard a lot about this place and finally had a chance to dine there. it was not a let down.
Gator Bites ($14)
- very tasty, tough meat, but i think that's because its reptile. very well seasoned. i could've had it for an entree, with some sides.
Portabello Mushroom ($11)
- relative to the gator, a bit underwhelming and for one mushroom it was pricy.
Creole Beef ($18)
- sides were assorted veggies and mashed potato.
- great mashed potato, but its hard to screw up that dish.
- the actual beef tips was tender and tasty as well. however its not so different from a couple of asian fusion restaurants i've been to. price for the dish was average and comparable to similar dishes in other places.
Southern Fried Catfish ($23)
- i didnt order this one but had a bite to taste
- same sides as the beef i think
- it tasted ok, but the texture was almost creamy, but maybe its the fish, or i'm just not used to catfish. i've tried the sable fish at a couple different places and thats my standard for judging fish dishes now. and its a bit let down from the catfish. $23 also seemed a bit steep for the quality.
Vanilla gelato (3.75)
overall, i think its a good place to frequent. not sure about authenticity as i've never had "real" creole/cajun food from down south. i would definitely go back for more of those gator bites.
We went out tonight to Ouisi for dinner as we do every couple of months. When reviewing their menu we noticied that they have made some changes. There are new items on the menu and they have added that you can choose 2 sides with your main dish. There were approx. 10 sides to choose from. AND they have brought back the comp. corn bread with the meal. My husband ordered the southern fried chicken with smoked cream corn and beets. I ordered the gulf prawns with yummy diablo sauce. There is a choice of 2 different sauces. The diablo is a mixture of BBQ & hot sauce. For my 2 sides I had the coleslaw and sweet potato/peacan hash. Our meals were excellent!!! The chicken was very lightly breaded with a tasty sauce and the were 10 sizeable prawns with ample sauce. The sides were in a dish that I would call a cup. They were all great too. The cost was reasonable. The chicken was $17.00 the prawns were $16.00. Great valueand quality for what we paid. We had the same friendly server that we have had in the past. The only problem was the guy at the table next to us who loved to hear his own voice. We will be back soon in the near future.
The cornbread tasted old – you can taste the difference between cornbread that is fresh out of the oven and cornbread that has been sitting for the whole day. I ordered the Corncrusted Trout with Mango Chipotle. The fish was dry and tasteless, not impressed at all for $18. A friend ordered the Jambalaya but it was WAY too spicy for anyone to enjoy. When we asked her if it was supposed to be that spicy, she said that “it may have been from a different batch” which screams inconsistency. I probably won’t return.
It is always a pleasure going to ouisi. I have always been impressed the decor (paintings bylocal artists and always new ones everytime we go). The food is standard Louisiana/Jamaican fare, and there is always just enough spice on everything (try the hot sauce on the table if you are brave). The only complaint (not really one) is that the alligator meat tastes like dried lizard (but I think that's because of the meat not the cooking). It's one of the most enjoyable dining experience I had in Vancouver.
We hit Ouisi Bistro after stuffing ourselves at Shabusen for drinks and a good time. A few people ordered food, but there weren't rave reviews. Pick a nice night in the summer and make sure you sit out back. You wouldn't expect that Ambiance at the back of a granville street restaurant.
We were moved inside after 12, as the neighbor (apparently a crotchity old woman) complains whenever there's a slight noise. Not a big deal though and the party continued for longer.
The service and the rest of the staff were good. No complaints about that.
The food, however, was awful. I took a friend who had recently returned from New Orleans for a dinner hoping it would remind her of her trip. I asked her honest opinion of the food and she said it's nothing like the "real thing." That's fine... you can't expect it to taste exactly the same. In general though, the taste was just bad. The Gumbo might as well have been straight out of a Chunky Soup can. The Jambalaya might as well have been an Uncle Ben's recipe. The tasted like it was cooked in Campbell's tomato soup with a dash of safeway Cajun spice mix. The muffuletta was basically just a small ham and cheese sandwich with some olive relish in it... at least it was edible.
The decor was nice, but the music was too loud for my liking. And it was empty... on a friday night.
I will not return.
Went with hubby near the end of October to use up our Entertainment Book coupon before it expired.
Food: We lucked out because it was the last day of their week-long gumbo festival. The warming and filling gumbo stew (served over rice) was perfect for a chilly evening. I had the seafood one, which came with 2 plump fried oysters, 6 large mussels, a few medium scallops and some prawns - beautiful presentation. Hubby had the lamb gumbo. Both were good, although I preferred mine (especially after I added the hot sauce). They also went well with the side of corn bread we ordered. For dessert, we shared the pecan pie, which came with a yummy bourbon sauce.
Service: I'd give the lone waitress 4 stars (very friendly and checked on our food), but the restaurant 3 stars as it should have had 2 wait staff that night as it made service slower than it could have been.
Value: Unlike some other restaurants, they let us use our entertainment coupon for the gumbo specials (both $18 - so reasonable value even without the coupon). The pecan pie was huge (easily the size of 2 pieces at other places) - and costs less than $6 (I think it's $5.45)! The 4-piece cornbread side was only $2.50, and hubby's lemonade was only around $2.
Ambiance: Not bad. Had some nice local paintings on the wall. It was a bit dark for my liking, though.
All in all, worth a repeat visit.
I tried this place for the first time on wednesday and had their dine out menu. The portions were very large, unlike some other places during dine out. The smoked gouda and bacon salas was the best salad I have ever eaten! I had the Southern fried chicken breast as my entree and it was sooooo flavourful. My friend had the Jambalaya, whcih she said was exceptional. The pecan pie was not the best i have ever had, but overall the food was great, the atmosphere was nice but service was quite slow. It took quite a while for the waitress to take our drink or dinner order, but once the food came out, they were pretty quick between courses. i would definately go there again and try out some more of their menu.
I ate at the Ouisi Bistro last night and had a great time. The server was friendly and attentive but didn't bother us like they do at some placesdo when they hover around. I wasn't sure what to order and was recommended the espresso half chicken. It was fantastic! Too big though so I had it wrapped to go. My girlfriend had a peppered chicken that she said was incredible (how can something covered in brie not be good though?) What I really liked though was that when we asked for a recomended wine, our server suggested a pinot noir that wasn't over the top in price. So many places suggest the most expensive items to get you to spend more. We had a great time and will definitly go back!
My best friend ordered the Roasted Vegetable Cheesecake and I ordered some chicken dish - I had a bite of hers and I ended up eating her whole dish! My other friend ordered the jambalaya, and I ended up eating a good part of her dish too. Now I'm a happy cow, but I'm down two friends.
We were told 15-20 minutes for a table, but it was actually much longer than that. The waiters and waitresses never checked on us and didn't give us water.
My husband and I had a craving for Creole food after our trip to New Orleans last year, so we decided to try the Ouisi Bistro last Saturday. We were not disappointed, We absolutely LOVED the food, the ambiance and the overall atmosphere, it very much reminded us of some of the places we visited in the French Quarter.
On the recommendation of our terrific server, a very charming young man, we decided to try a selection of different things and were so glad we did!. We loved the crab cakes and gator bites, the Baton Rouge greens and frites were delicious and the corn bread to die for and we both thoroughly enjoyed the Jambalaya.
Having such a terrific server was wonderful, and added so much to our evening's enjoyment. At so many places, we have felt either ignored or fussed over too much. We dine our regularly and good service is very important to us, so although the place was very busy he bent over backwards to make our experience a memorable one and was always attentive without being overbearing. Just the way we like it!. His knowledge of wine was most impressive too and his suggestion to us was spot on!
We will most certainly be going back and I believe every other Thursday they have live Jazz so that is something we shall aim for.
I had my birthday party here last night and it was incredible, The waiter, Chris was outstanding beyond believe, treated everybody like gold. If there was an award for best waiter in Vancouver, Chris would be it. The other waiters/waitresses were amazing too. To the owner of this place: You should be proud, don't let your incredible staff go, ever..no wonder they stay for years!!!
The FOOD: oh my god, from the wine to crab cakes to the stuffed chicken with crab to the fresh corn bread to the baked beans (yes best I have ever had for sure) to the crusted chicken with brie and spinach, absolutelly delicious....seriously go to the this place, you will love it. Get there early though as it is busy because it is sooooo incredible.
Also, THE BREAKFASTS, unbelievable. I do not know who the Chefs are there seriuosly, but they want to try out for the shows that celebrate unbelievable cooking, and award cooks/chefs like you. Oh my god, my mouth is watering just thinking of how good the food is. Going back soon!
Thank you for a birthday dinner that I will never forget and I will be back soon! xxoo