Earlier this year I went to Trafalgars for Dine Out Vancouver 2009 and I really enjoyed it. For a special occasion, I’ve returned to the restaurant to try its regular menu.
Turns out their regular menu pretty much works like the DOV menu. We were given the option of either 3 courses for $38, or order separately to get appy for $12, main for $24 and dessert for $8.50. Not having the appetite to have 3 courses each, the two of us ordered one set of 3-course, sharing the appy and dessert, and another main on the side. For appy, we picked BC Mussels, almost a must-have whenever I see it on a menu. The mussels were tasty as ever, and the broth was perfect for dipping our bread (um have to say, not a huge fan of bread with olives). As for entree, Mr. went for something out of the norm and ordered the Veal Liver. We Asians have been exposed to liver dishes all the time and they are usually well-done and turn out rough and chewy. This one was ordered at medium rare and it’s surprisingly tender and moist. I opted for Duck Breast and it too was cooked well. I was impressed by the fact that at medium rare, both dishes were executed very well, and there’s no bloody juice floating around. On the other hand, I found the mushroom crepe accompanying the duck breast rather heavy with the goat cheese filling. I just couldn’t finish it. The meal definitely ended on a good note as we were presented with the Sweet Obsession dessert menu. But boy, before we could indulge ourselves into a yummy dessert, we had to make a tough decision and pick one out of the 20+ items on the menu. We decided on the Chocolate Hazelnut Zuccotto. It wasn’t heavy like chocolate ganache cake. It had a good balance of flavour and sweetness from the chocolate, along with the nutty flavour from the hazelnut cream. A pat on the back for making a good decision.
The server had been very attentive throughout the evening. She’s also very patient, as she waited for awhile before we finished rehashing the day’s events and finally turned our attention to the menu. She was also very helpful, answering our questions when we tried to decide on what dessert to pick.
This is definitely a neighbourhood bistro for your special celebrations. It’s romantic by the candlelight at night, relaxing in the broad daylight during the day. The only downside is you can only plan small dinners there, at most 6 people but that’s still questionable. Parties of 4 will be no problem.
This dinner didn’t change my impression on Trafalgars at all. If it did, it only has gotten better this time. The quality of food and service remains excellent and I would not hesitate recommending this place to others.
Price Range: $20-$30
2603 W. 16th Avenue, Vancouver