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Aurora Bistro (Vancouver, BC Cuisine, pictures, lunch)

fmed | Mar 31, 200805:15 PM

I went for lunch at one of my favourite spots- Jeff Van Geest's Aurora Bistro at Main and Broadway. I normally come here for dinner - excellent for that. They offer an excellent lunch menu as well. The lunch menu (as to be expected) is limited - 3 or 4 items per section. I went today (Monday) and I had no problems getting a table - they were only serving three tables today.

Aurora represents much of what is happening in Vancouver dining - talented chefs striking out on their own, DIY ethic, with localvore leanings. (Boneta is another example of this trend.)

The room definitely shows off the DIY aesthetic - plywood walls, plywood tables, simply refinished chairs, cool looking, curvaceous bar and ceiling details. [The hard surfaces do cause a bit of an acoustics problem at night when it is packed - it gets fairly loud and noisy.]

The food is well executed and minimal. Jeff Van Geest is well known to use organic local ingredients. The wine list is good (Though I only drank a small dessert wine today). The service is prompt and unobtrusive.

For lunch I had the duck confit sandwich (on onion toast) with pommes frites. I started with a fennel consommé with thin slivers of duck bacon. For dessert I had an amazing Fraser Valley hazelnut tart with organic maple icecream which perfectly paired with a sweet amber wine (2005 Venturi Schulze Brandenburg No 3).

All in all - it's an excellent lunch spot. Not cheap - but it is good value.


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