Posted on | August 1, 2009 | 7 Comments |
Last time we had dinner at Feenie’s in Vancouver, chef Robert Feenie was already out of there. I guess it was just a matter of time before they changed the name of the place. After Robert Feenie left, famous New York chef Daniel Boulud took over that restaurant as well as Lumiere and Feenie’s is now called db Bistro Moderne.
Last week I went to Vancouver with some friends for a girlie weekend getaway and we decided to try out db Bistro for the Sunday brunch. When I called to make a 12 PM reservation at 11 AM, I was surprised that they had a table available for 5 people. A couple of years ago, when we tried Feenie’s for brunch on a Sunday morning, we couldn’t get a table, the place was packed! So when we reached db and found many empty tables, we were a bit skeptical, I guess it might just be the economy as there was nothing to worry about, brunch was fabulous!
Brunch menu had a few sweet dishes like breakfast pastries, French Toast, Waffles and parfait and also some salads, sandwiches and pastas. They also had four different egg dishes and I guess most of us were the mood for eggs, except for the one vegetarian in the group, M. The specials that day were a savoury crepe and a sweet crepe. So M went for the mushroom and spinach crepe and she really enjoyed it.
I got the Duck Poutine Lyonnaise and it was out of this world! It had shredded duck confit with onions, mushrooms and cheese curd with Duck Jus and was served with a sunny side up egg.
Poutine is a typical Canadian dish consisting of French Fries topped with cheese curds and covered with a brown gravy. It is perfect for soaking up alcohol from your blood stream after a crazy night. As tasty as this dish was, it was an extremely rich, so I picked out all the duck confit and cheese curd and eggs and left the potatoes.
The other three went for the same dish, Lobster Eggs Florentine with Eggs Benedict, Lobster, Canadian Bacon and Spinach. All three of them cleaned up their plates, it must’ve been really really good. I forgot to taste it. Well, coming to think of it, nobody offered me any, they were all busy cleaning up their plates.
While we were waiting for our brunch, we saw a couple obviously celebrating some special occasion having what looked like multi-course meal. They were served a beautiful looking parfait. When it was time for dessert, M wanted to try that just because it looked pretty. So she asked the waitress and she said it is not in the menu and was served as a starter as part of their courses meal, but that she would check with the kitchen to see if they could make one for M. And they did, and see how pretty it is! I don’t know about the taste, it is just yogurt, granola and fruits, but the best part was they didn’t charge us for it! It was obviously so tiny and not in the menu, so it was free. Now that’s what I call a good customer service experience.
The rest of us decided to try the sweet crepe, even though we were all so full. The description of the crepe with Orange-Brandy caramel sauce had us all salivating from the moment we heard it. So we decided to split one and it was one of the best sweet crepes I have ever had! It was pretty light and the caramel sauce was amazing!
I highly recommend db Bistro for brunch. I had a peek at the dinner menu and saw that the $16 Feenie Burger was replaced with what they call the Orginal db Burger. At a whooping $28, it is filled with braised short ribs and black truffle. I have to go back there for dinner to try out that one soon.