Smoking Dog Bistro is a little French Bistro located in
Kitsilano on W 1st Ave. I was intrigued by their dine out menu this
year so I went to try it out with Dirtygirl, Cupcake, Dup, and Meta Knight.
I made reservations before checking their urbanspoon page
and when I did, I was quite taken back by how many negative comments there were. Needless to say, after reading all the comments I began to doubt my
decision of choosing this place for dine out.
The decor is very pretty and has a romantic feel to it. I
particularly liked the flower centerpieces.
The presentation of their dine out menu is quite unique, no?
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a menu in a form of a scroll before.
Dirtygirl and Cupcake ordered the Thinly sliced Flank steak with ratatouille and red wine glace de viande
as their appetizer. As you can see, it was incredibly small.
They both thought the flank steak was too salty and had a
burned/ charred taste to it. I had a bite and I thought it was okay.
I was the only one to choose the Stuffed Portobello with chevre goat cheese, roasted red pepper filet,
baby arugula, roasted pine nuts, and carrot and beet curls with balsamic nectar.
I was expecting a large Portobello cup stuffed with cheese, red peppers, and
broiled to melty cheese perfection. This was not the case here. I thought
everything was quite tasteless and bland. The Portobello should have been the
star but it was completely lost in the background.
Meta Knight and Dup both ordered the Smoked Salmon Terrine, the only winning appy. It
comes with house made red onion jam,
grilled French baguette, and pickled golden beets.
The smoked salmon terrine went beautifully with the grilled French
baguette and all the condiments complemented the salmon quite well. I would recommend getting this for your appy.
Almost everyone at our table ordered the Braised Lamb Shank with sun dried tomato
soft polenta and sautéed haricot verts. They were very generous with the
portion size as the lamb shank was humongous.
I absolutely loved this dish because the meat literally
fell-off-the-bone. It was juicy, meaty, and went perfectly with the sundried
Unfortunately, Cupcake and Meta Knight’s lamb shank was
undercooked and became very tough to cut. This was the complete opposite of my
dish. Cupcake endured his lamb shank while Meta Knight asked for a new one.
Dup was the only person who did not order the lamb dish. He
instead wanted to try the Trio of
Mushroom risotto stuffed in a roasted pepper cup with cilantro veloute.
He completely regretted ordering this dish because he
thought it was mediocre compared to all of our giant hunks of meat. I tasted
his risotto and I thought it was absolutely delicious! I guess it’s a matter of
personal taste. If you are a fan of risotto or mushrooms, this dish is for you.
If not, you probably won’t like it at all.
Cupcake and I ordered the French lemon pie with raspberry coulis and hazelnut whipped cream. I
thought the lemon pie was wayyyy too sour but I really enjoyed the hazelnut
Dirtygirl and Meta Knight ordered the Wild berry parfait with raspberry coulis and white chocolate whipped
cream. They both only ordered this dessert because they saw the kitchen
bring so many of them out. Apparently, you should never judge how good the food is by what other people are ordering because they both thought it was disappointing. It tasted like frozen berries layered with whipped cream.
For dessert, Dup ordered the Candied bacon chocolate fudge with hazelnut whipped cream and it
was the hands down winner in the dessert category. The bacon in this dessert
completely kicked it up a notch by providing a sweet and savory contrast.
It was not too sweet and the fudge was dense yet moist. Basically, everything
about this dessert was great. I kicked myself for not ordering this!!!
you order the right dishes (Salmon Terrine, Lamb Shank, Bacon Fudge), your
experience will be great, if not, it might just be ‘meh’. My experience was
pretty good but that is mostly because I had great company and funny
- cute little French bistro
- dine out menu is worth it if you know what to get
- service is not bad
- try their candied bacon fudge!!!