THE SMOKING DOG

1889 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: 604-732-8811

Web: www.thesmokingdog.com

Twitter: @TheSmokingDog

Advice: Reservations suggested.

Crispy skin Sockeye Salmon

With Executive Chef Felipe Ramos at the helm this bistro has reinvented itself as a go to spot for French bistro fare in the area. I had dinner there this week, starting off with the delicious Crispy skin Sockeye Salmon atop truffle risotto cake (amuse bouche).

Salt Spring Mussels

Lemon Sorbet

The first dish was the Salt Spring Mussels ($17) with confit roma tomatoes, in a delicious La Chouffe beer broth. This was followed by a home-made Lemon Sorbet atop sour cherry compote as a palate cleanser.

Steak au Poivre

Braised Halibut Filet

My Steak au Poivre ($28) with caramelized baby carrots, fried brussel sprouts, frites and 3 peppercorn sauce, the steak was perfectly cooked and the vegetables were oh so delicious. My guest had the Braised Halibut Filet ($26) with manilla clams, sautéed red chard, smashed baby red potatoes, oyster mushroom broth.

Gran Marnier Chocolate Mousse Martini

Trio of Creme Brulee

For dessert I had the Gran Marnier Chocolate Mousse Martini ($7) with orange-cranberry biscotti and then I shared the Trio of Creme Brulee ($6) -vanilla, white chocolate and hazelnut.

Review by: Richard Wolak