The third Dine Out ’09 was at Trafalgars Bistro. I was first intrigued by a dinner invitation that didn’t come through, then I became interested in its menu. After hearing from a friend that it’s her best Dine Out in 2008, I decided to give it a try.
I must say, the food was awesome. The Mussels were of decent size and it’s fresh. The broth was excellent with the bacon bits. Scallops were seared well too. The Lamb shank was tender although I found the pearl barley risotto a bit too chewy. Both desserts were great. Chocolate obsession was a smooth truffle and the Lime Raspberry Flan was tart (but not sour). I really enjoyed the dinner that evening.
The service was very good. We were welcomed by two servers, with a man (presumably the owner or manager) behind the bar suggesting that we should get a prize for arriving on time. Not that we did get a prize, but the thought of it still amused me. Throughout the evening, the servers were quite attentive, although one of the servers seemed to be lost at times. She promised to get us water and she never did. On the other hand, whenever they brought us the dishes, or collected the dirty dishes afterwards, they would say thank you – which I thought was a nice touch.
Trafalgars is a neighbourhood bistro. The restaurant is small and cozy. I realized that it’s mostly 2-people tables, with perhaps a handful of 4-people tables and that’s it. I wonder if it can accommodate a bigger dining group.
As a bistro, I think the restaurant delivered a very nice dinner. Good food and good service.
Price Range: $20-$30
2603 W. 16th Avenue, Vancouver