Friday, May 11, 2012

Bistro 101

I visited Bistro 101 at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, where the school’s professional Culinary and Baking & Pastry Arts students get experience preparing the food and serving in a restaurant setting. Located just at the edge of Granville Island, the restaurant offers a beautiful view of the harbour and is a perfect place to visit after stroll on Granville Island. 

Bistro 101 allows culinary students to gain "real life" experience cooking and serving at this restaurant.
Bistro 101 features a different menu everyday.
A delicious bread basket to start off your meal. There are four different type of breads.
An amuse bouche - Salmon tartare.
Mahi Mahi Fish Taco - beer battered mahi mahi with cabbage, sweetcorn salsa and chipotle mayo.
Sauteed Tiger Prawns with sesame coleslaw, cucumber coulis and toasted almonds.
Thai Coconut Soup. Kaffir lime, galangal ginger, red peppers, cilantro.
Chicken Scallopini with mashed potatoes, tomatoes, carrots and lemon caper sauce.
Seafood Gnocchi with braised octopus, steelhead trout, asparagus and rose sauce.
Chocolate Cake with mocha mousse and cream cheese icing and bourbon caramel sauce. The sugar cage over the cake was very pretty, as was the cocoa powder maple leaf!
S'mores Chocolate Pot with a mashmallow fluff and homemade graham crackers.
Overall, the food was all very delicious and beautifully prepared. The lemon caper sauce of the Chicken Scallopini was too sour, which overpowered the taste of the chicken, which was unfortunate, and the carrots could have cooked for a minute or two more. The chicken also seemed to be sitting in a ring of grease, so this was the only dish that was not up to par. The service was great, and the students were eager to help and answer questions. I will definitely come back to try another menu soon!

Bistro 101 offers a 3-course meal for only $24. For more information or to make reservations, visit

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