The fifth Dine Out ’09 dinner was at Metro Restaurant. I was intrigued by its idea of limited offering (it offers very few options on its regular menu) so they must be good at what they offer in order to succeed. I actually found its Dine Out at $38 to be a bit over-priced, but I was motivated to visit this restaurant with a $26 OpenTable coupon in hand.
I was pleasantly surprised by the food quality. Usually at least one dish may fall short, but all of the dishes tasted very good. Probably the most “bleh” moment was the Mocktail, which didn’t do much for me – I guess I really should’ve ordered a real cocktail!! The meal started with a nice Crostini as amuse bouche. The Scallops were good, too, but I didn’t realize the gnocchi was truffle-infused until I checked the menu again. The Braised Beef was tender and that appetizer was a generous portion! For the two entrees, I especially enjoyed the Duck Breast – the meat was moist, and its skin as well as the panchetta were crispy. The Salmon was good, with crispy skin, but I didn’t care for the tomato compote – it was way too sour. Onto the desserts, they were both excellent, although I was looking forward to finishing my meal with a chocolate mousse. They replaced it with the Beignet, which was still good serving with maple ice cream. The Cheesecake Mousse really surprised me, because it wasn’t the texture I was expecting. It’s very smooth and creamy yet it tasted just like cheesecake. The crust at the bottom was good too. In addition, the food presentation was by far the best I’ve seen at Dine Out this year. Every dish was plated in different style yet none of them was over-plated. It definitely fits its modern fine-dining brand.
The service was pretty good. I do want to point out that the server was willing to split the bill for us, AFTER deducting the OpenTable coupons from our bill (each of us brought along a coupon), even though they couldn’t do it like two separate bill. It was shown as two amounts due on the same bill but she made hand-written notes for us to highlight how much we each owed. I thought that was quite nice.
The decor definitely caters to a younger crowd. It’s modern but classy. It also has a bar/lounge area for people to hang out for just a drink. The wine cellar near the entrance was quite a nice touch. As for the view, you can actually see the waterfront from the restaurant, as well as Canada Place. Unfortunately, the screen outside of Canada Place flahes throughout the evening and that can be a bit disturbing.
With the new executive chef, I think Metro did a good job in this Dine Out service.
Price Range: $20-$30
200 Burrard Street, Vancouver