Five Corners Bistro is a newly-renovated Bistro-style restaurant in White Rock’s Five Corners neighbourhood. Serving a menu of West-Coast specialties with French flair, made using locally-grown produce and many BC products. With full bar service and live entertainment on weekends, the continuing goal is to ensure a memorable evening out in a restaurant that suits your tastes in food, wine and surroundings.
We were in White Rock yesterday shopping and we were going to go down to the downtown area to have dinner.
I remembered seeing the restaurant a few months ago when we went for dinner at Onyx and at the time I thought that it looked interesting. We drove past it and decided to stop and take a look at the menu they had posted in the window. It was an interesting menu. Appetizers were between $6.00 - $9.00 and entrees were mostly between $15.00 - $20.00 with a couple of items between $20.00 - $25.00. They had a few seafood dishes, steak, pasta, rack of lamb and whiskey jack spareribs. The spareribs sounded like they would be really good and the price was about $18.00 so we decided to give it a try.
The restaurant is very cozy, with nice linens on the table. The clientele seems to be mostly locals which is a good sign. We heard the lady behind us tell her guest that she had never had a bad meal at the restaurant. We ordered a bottle of wine with dinner $18.95, what a deal for a bottle of wine that most restaurants downtown charge considerable more for. The spareribs were absolutely amazing, so tender that the meat just fell off the bones and they were nice and spicey. We finished dinner off with a nice slice of homemade apple pie and ice cream. It was really good home cooking. It takes a little while for the food to get to your table so obviously it is not just nuked in the microwave.
Our waitress was absolutely amazing. It was busy for a Sunday night. There were maybe 20 customers in the restaurants. She was very pleasant with the customers that had been there before but she was also very attentive and attended to the needs of new clientele like ourselves with a sincere warmth that is often missing.
This place is a real gem. I just hope it doesn't get too busy now that I've posted this review.
Highly recommended. Oh another big plus free street parking is abundant.
Go try it. You'll like it.
Have been meaning to try out this spot for the last year or so, so decided Xmas might be the time.
Our party reservation was for 7:30PM, however we were not seated till 8PM . It was clear from the start it was going to be a long evening. Eventually I had to ask for menus to get the show on the road.
Our mains did not arrive until almost 10PM. 2 hours is way too long. They came out on cold plates & the food itself was barely warm. Several plates were returned to be "re-heated" but in my opinion, the food was inedible and I personally did not touch mine.
The manager/owner (?) also provided entertainment. It was painfully obvious to everyone I guess but him he should have been in the kitchen trying to sort out whatever the service issues were, rather than playing his guitar.
Overall, not a good evening. Really too bad. It is an attractive space & very inviting. Nice people. But if you can't turn out a product to match the setting, there are just too many other places to spend your dining dollar in this area. Unfortunately all you get these days is one shot, so will not be back.
We've passed by this place before and heard from people that it was good so went here when our other favourite place across the street was closed. From the outside it looks nice, and the menu looks inviting. They have some french classics such as coq au vin and daily specials. There was 4 of us. In total we had the bruschetta & beef tenderloins to start, french onion soup & salad nicoise, coq au vin and asparagus salad, green salad & mussels, and seafood pasta.
The beef tenderloin was nothing special, and bruschetta wasn't mainly tomato. There was onions in the bruschetta, and they accidently left some of the peel on (pet peeve of mine since it's inedible). The salads were mediocre. The green beans on the salad nicoise tasted raw, not blanched like usual. The tuna had lacked flavour.
All in all, everything lacked some sort of flavour. Maybe they are catering to the older crowd (since it IS white rock) and making everything low sodium or with little spice to please the seniors. Lesson learned!
5 Corners Bistro, 4 stars
by Jeremy Ball (1 review)
March 04, 2011
I had the opportunity to dine in White Rock the other night. Random, I know, but sometimes a guy has to stretch his food boundaries to find those hidden gems. The 5 Corners Bistro is one of them.
Me and Matt (my brother) arrived at the quaint room around 7, and there was a few tables there. The room is nice, looks very clean and inviting. A stage has been recently erected so I imagine this will lead to live music in the future.
The owner showed us to our table and chatted with us for a while. He’s really into this restaurant and he’s made it a true family affair; 4 of his children work at the restaurant including his son who served us.I imagine this was the server’s first serving job, as he seemed a little timid. He was very polite and looked after all of our needs, but he wasn’t as engaging at the table as I would have liked. I like to be sold on menu items, but in all fairness, it’s not like me or Matt asked many questions.
First course, I had a goat cheese terrine that had a side salad of mescal greens with candied pecans and was garnished with radish. The terrine was superb, served at the right temperature. Flavourful and delicate, a great way to start the dish.
The salad is a little pedestrian, i’m seeing these salads too often these days. But, as a side salad, it served its purpose and didn’t detract from the dish.
Matt had a French Onion Soup. Now I thought I was totally over this cliched soup, but the young (really young at 21) chef really restored my confidence that comfort food can be done with a nice artistic flair. Instead of the typical onion confit with beef bone stock topped with a crouton and cheese, this french onion was closer to a foam; the french influences were clear. The tastes were sweet and savoury, capturing the essence of the dish while taking it somewhere unfamiliar.
After our appetizers, we were treated to sorbet as a cleanser, a strawberry delight that was made in house. Very fresh and clean, a perfect treat mid meal.
For dinner, I had the rack of lamb. I love lamb, so I’m bit of a snob about it. I ordered it rare and it came out cooked perfectly. The gremolata was a nice touch, added texture and protected the tender flesh during cooking. I would have liked a little goat cheese in the crust as well though, but that’s just me. It was served with decadent gratin potatoes that were creamy and stellar. I was really happy with it. Side vegetables were cooked el dente and the shredded beets were a nice touch.
Matt had a caesar salad with chicken. I know, trust me. I tried to get him to try something outside his comfort zone, but he’s kind of a food pussy. Anyways, it was presented in an interesting way that I hadn’t seen before. The dressing was creamy and you could taste the anchovy, which I love. The chicken was tender and well seasoned.
For dessert, I had the vanilla poached pear. It was superb. The flavours were delicate and there was a nice sugar crust on the pear which retained the majority of its rigidity. Served with a cannelle of vanilla ice cream and I was loving it.Matt had the chocolate hazelnut bread pudding. Again, very well done. Good texture, the flavours weren’t over powering, but complementing each other.
The owner made sure he said good-bye as well, a nice friendly atmosphere is pretty evident in the room. Overall, I was quite happy with it and would love to go back and try a tasting menu. Until next time, stay classy. Also, when my pics get uploaded I’ll add them.
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|2.||Five Corners Cafe (36 m)|
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|4.||Onyx Steakhouse & Lounge (64 m)|
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