Mistral French Bistro – Giant Vanilla Macaron Dessert

Mistral French Bistro is a friendly little restaurant located on West Broadway on the same block as Thomas Haas.  We dropped by for a xmas lunch with friends recently and were treated with some very friendly service  For some reason, I always expect French restaurants to be a bit rude… I must be projecting some unfounded stereotype.

We started our meal with freshly baked crusty rolls… Mmmm… it may be just bread and butter but these rolls were good… a bit rustic with the right amount of chewiness.

During lunch, Mistral offers a $24 pre fixe menu with your choice of appetizer, main course, and dessert.

While everyone else opted for the pre fixe menu, I decided to order off of the à la carte menu because I wanted to try the beef cheeks.

My wife decided to start with the Duck Rillette, Duck Cailette, and Charcuterie served with an onion relish.  The pâté wasn’t my favourite – it was a little dense and gamey for my liking.

My Daube de Boeuf was extremely tender and was served atop fresh pasta, olives, mushrooms, and seasonal vegetables in a red wine stew.  The portion size for the beef cheeks was generous, but more importantly, tasty.  My only complaint is that I wish the sauce was a bit thicker – I was splattering the sauce all over the place when I was trying to eat the pasta.

My wife opted for the Saffron Bourride Marseilles with prawns, clams, mussels, and the daily fish (sole) in a creamy saffron aioli sauce.

For her dessert, my wife chose the Fresh Seasonal Fruit with Raspberry Sorbet… a very light and refreshing treat.

When I read the menu initially, I had my sights set on the Warm Liège Waffle with ice cream, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, and almond shavings but our server said to wait until the end of our meal because she had some special desserts available as well.  I’m glad that I took her advice because I wound up ordering this giant Vanilla Macaron with strawberry and orange slices, coconut cream, and some kind of fruit ice cream with lime shavings.

OMG!  Imagine a giant mutant French macaron mated with an ice cream sandwich and had some kind of freakish (but tasty) offspring.

This was so good.  In fact, all of their desserts looked great.  I saw someone order the Liège Waffle and it looked pretty impressive too.

If you visit Mistral, make sure you save room for dessert!

In terms of water service, I had 4 refills within 2 hours and 10 minutes (1 every 32.5 minutes – pretty good).  And while we were catching up with each other for over 2 hours, we never felt rushed like they were trying to push us out the door.

Food:  4.5 / 5
Service:  4.5 / 5


2585 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC

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Posted on December 22, 2011, in French, Restaurant Review and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

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