I was invited to sample the menu at Burgundy Restaurant, a quaint 30-seat restaurant in Gastown by the ACME Cafe.
Each table got to share a few appetizers and entrees. But before that, we got to see and take photos of the full-size entrees – so we didn’t have to do that during dinner service. What a genius idea! That way we didn’t have to scramble to take the photos and could actually enjoy a hot plate of food. Really appreciate that gesture.
First of all, we each had a Gin n’ Juice. What a refreshing drink on a warm day! It’s on the sweet side so it’s a bit deceiving – watch how much/many of this you’re drinking.
Here are the appetizers we tried – full-size plates shared among the 4-5 of us at each table:
Tuna Nicoise was the table’s favourite dish. It was nicely seasoned, well balanced; the eggs were cooked well. I loved the use of tuna carpaccio instead of the traditional seared tuna.
The Crab Cakes is gluten-free, thanks to the use of quinoa as the breading on the outside. The crab cakes were cruchier than usual so it might throw you off texture-wise, making you think that there’s less crab meat than what they actually gave you. The chili oil gave it a bit of a kick while the sundried tomatoes added acidity to the dish.
Beef Tartar was my seccond favourite. I liked the creaminess from the avocado, and the mush-on-mush with the beef tartar on baguette toasts. It used balsamic onions to add acidity to the dish, but it could use just a touch more of it.
When you think about cheese fondue, goat cheese wouldn’t come to mind. But this Goat Cheese Fondue was quite good. It had good cheesy, creamy flavours without being overpowered by the gamey taste of goat cheese. And it’s not overly rich. It’s missing the little tea candle to keep it warm, but then you don’t really need it. You would finish it while it’s still warm. This would be great for the chilly fall/winter weather as well.
We also got to sample 4 entrees and like I said earlier, we each were given a small plate version of the entrees – no need to take photos and we dove right into the food!
Beef Bourguignon had some good flavours. Meat was moist and I liked that everything was in the same size. They were served in small mason jars, with mashed potatoes at the bottom to soak in all the jus (plus baguette on the side). There was a bit of inconsistency in the amount of sauce in each jar, but it shouldn’t be an issue when you order the full-size plate.
The Coq au Vin Blanc was very different from the traditional coq au vin. It didn’t have much sauce, and it had the resemblance of a duck confit. And I’m a huge fan of duck confit! The chicken thigh was rendered nicely with the crispy skin, and the meat was tender. It definitely helped with using dark meat, versus running the risk of having dry chicken breasts.
If you look for something lighter, go for the Scallops & Crabs. It’s essentially a seafood salad entree. The scallops were cooked perfectly, but the star of the dish for me was the scalloped potatoes. They were thinly sliced, with creamy, cheesy flavours from the asiago cheese & garlic cream sauce. Added some richness to the otherwise light salad.
Last but not least, the Pork Tenderloin was well seasoned, and I really enjoyed the incorporation of cherries in the stuffing, and the abundance of vegetables on the side. The sauce was slightly sweet but it paired well with the pork.
Of course, a meal is not complete without dessert. We were treated to some Orange Galliano Sorbet paired with Prosecco. It was refreshing, almost a palate cleanser after indulging into some hearty dishes.
It was very interesting to listen to co-owners Lisa (left) and Erica. You can sense their passion for the industry, for the restaurant, and you can also feel the strong friendship between the two of them, especially through the challenges they must have faced while opening this restaurant.
Burgundy doesn’t serve up the classics in the most traditional way. They add their own flare to make each dish more special. The price is a bit high but considering the location it’s not so bad. The brunch menu looks pretty interesting so that will be a good reason to go back for another visit.
47 West Hastings Street, Vancouver