Village Bistro, formerly known as Lips Resto, has been reimagined by the original owners to serve as a casual West End staple in the community. They serve up bistro-style comfort food with Canadian flavours, and a menu entirely made-from-scratch. I was invited to come here for dinner to experience their new brand and menu.
I was a fan of Lips Resto, so I wanted to see how their menu has evolved too.
The interior is quite beautiful and can seat up to 100 people. I love the old-world bistro charm with modern industrial accents.
Their custom-made caramel leather chairs, rich wall coverings, and warm lighting installations really give it a nice atmosphere.
Closer to the bar, there are a few TVs so you can watch the game and have a drink.
Layer Cake Pinot Noir ($10) is from Central Coast, California. M has fallen in love with Pinot Noir during our trip to the Okanagan. This particular pinot noir has aromas of savory herbs, licorice, mint, plums and black cherries. Definitely has a different taste than the ones from the Okanagan.
Peroni ($6) is one of my favourite beers. It’s light, refreshing and not bitter at all. A good easy beer to drink.
Salt Spring Island Mussel ($12) has a smoked tomato broth, roasted garlic, basil, and a ton of mussels. There is also 2 pieces of focaccia. Very good mussels and plump in size.
Alberta Bison Carpaccio ($10) as pickled mushroom, egg duo, grana Padano, and fennel aioli. That carpaccio was addictive! I would highly recommend it.
The egg that sits on top is beautiful. So good!
Boneless Alberta Beef Short Rib ($19) has roasted cauliflower, broccoli, crushed potatoes, blue cheese, and natural jus. This is one of their most popular dishes.
Herb Roasted Fraser Valley Chicken ($18) has bacon wild rice pilaf, seasonal vegetables, arugula salad, and blueberry jus.
The chicken was juicy and had great flavours on its skin. The salad helped balance out the heaviness of the sauce.
Cheesecake is served up in a cute mason jar. The crumble on top added a nice texture to it.
Peach Cobbler with homemade vanilla bean ice cream was crisp on the outside. I don’t eat a lot of cobbler, but it was good.
Overall, the prices of each dish were very reasonable and tasted awesome. They really don’t cut corners preparing these dishes. I would come back again.
We Rate Village Bistro:
1143 Davie Street, Vancouver