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“A perfect little bistro to stop in for food during a beer pilgrimate”
Review of Bistro Wagon Rouge

Bistro Wagon Rouge
Ranked #531 of 4,138 Restaurants in Vancouver
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Reviewed 7 August 2017

Smack in the midst of another micro-brewery cluster (including Parallel 49) that I still need to explore.

We were here for dinner with my nephew and his wife. They have good sense regarding food and wine, so I'm happy to be in their care.

I sort of recognize the space. This used to be an old school Chinese place ("we serve both cuisines - Chinese and Western"), and they're still using the old plates and other kit, which is good to see.

The menu is limited, and they focus on things they can do well. Likewise the wine list shows some thought.

We started with a beer, as we had a wait for our relatives. Powell Street Craft Brewery's Old Jalopy Pale Ale. 5.5% and 40 on the IBU scale. Not bad, and a good way to pass the time.

Once we were all in place, we opened an Oregon Pinot Noir, the Domain Drouhin (French, but they have an interest in the Willamette). With this we had a variety of bruscetta (okay, they call them tartines, but they're bruscetta); a beautiful little pot of foie gras parfait, duck rillettes, peach mostardo, and peach gelle (my favourite); croquettes d'escargot - snails battered up and deep fried, which is a good thing; and a pate of duck liver, pork, pistachios, pickles and mustard. Put a plate of butter lettuce on the side, and another plate of grilled Humboldt squid, and we were good.

At this point we opened up an Argiano Brunello di Montalcino. Just because we could.
Then they brought out some steak tartare with a nice crostini and some quail's egg (and fries and mayo).

Just after that, mussles and more fires (and mayo), and then we did the salade Nicoise with olive conserva, anchovy devilled eggs, and slabs of seared tuna atop.
And just to bulk up the protein - Rouge burger. sliders, really. With onion jam, chedder, and more frites.

To finish, madeleines. What other way would you choose to finish a meal like this?

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Reviewed 19 July 2017

If you live in Vancouver or North Vancouver, or if you work downtown, this gem of a spot is easy to find and well worth finding. It is a classic French bistro, with a long bar, perfect for dinner for one, two, or in our case we wrapped six of us around the corner and it worked fine. The food is amazing - pate, tartines, butter lettuce salad, mussels with crisp fries, steak frites, you get the idea - classics, but with a light touch. The wine list is small and modestly priced. No reservations, but now there is a bar just down the block and a couple of craft breweries in the 'hood in case you have to wait. You might have driven past this a million times - there is no signage, except for an actual red wagon up in the air, surrounded by a rectangle of lights, on Powell,, just west of Victoria. The staff are knowledgable and nice, Lindsay was a treat!

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Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

Tucked away down by the docks, this place never disappoints. A very short but frequently changing menu - which says to me they focus on a few things and do them well.

No resos, but friendly staff will take your name and call you while you wander to any of the 15+ breweries in the area. A quick bus ride from downtown, if you're looking to change it up from the usual gastown haunts.

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Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

My wife and I recently did the self guided walking tour of Yeast Van. After our last craft brew stop we proceeded to Bistro Wagon Rouge. The venue is a bit of a dive, but the intimacy, food, and service quickly take center stage. We shared two appetizers. The country pate and roasted peppers. Both were awesome. The wife had steak and frites, I had the play on cassoulet. Duck, sausage, and lentils. Both exceeded expectations. We were stuffed from our meal and skipped dessert. In all, the bill was a little over $100 with the four plates and a couple drinks each. I would highly recommend the Bistro Wagon Rouge to anyone who wants a very well prepared meal without the pretentiousness of down town.

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Reviewed 24 March 2017

Having driven by for years finally made it here.. Have the mussels and fries after enjoying the Oyster appetizer. Companion had the squid and loved it. Placed became very busy after we arrived and had couples to families..

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