We decided to squeeze one more DOV visit in before the end of the festival. Typically, when I browsed the menus, I generally looked for a few things. I like to try restaurants that we have never visited before (I think that is mostly the point of the festival). I like a menu that offers a little creativity and variety (it's no fun if Mharie and I have to both eat the same thing). And I admit that I also hope the menu is giving us a bit of a deal! I don't expect deep discounts because this is a hard time to keep a restaurant going but they can at least make an attempt to offer something. I noticed that The Arbour was offering their always available $49 for 3 courses (which we tried and loved back in Veganuary) which was not special for DOV, so why go now? Bin 4 Burger Lounge is a place that I have wanted to visit for a long time and they give you a bit of a deal, a little variety and a little creativity on their $25 menu. We made a reservation for Sunday lunch and planned to show up at their Granville and 14th location.
bin 4 Burger Lounge - Dine Out Vancouver
As it happened, bin 4 had some equipment issues and they called us in plenty of time to reschedule for a week after the end of DOV assuring us that they were extending the menu. They offered 3 appetizer choices, 4 sandwich choices and an assortment of chocolate truffles for dessert.
Before we had even placed our order, a little bowl of complimentary house-made potato chips was brought to our table. Nice!
I'm not sure why I love Deep-Fried Pickles so much but we often order them. These were good meaty spears that stood up well to the coating and frying. A chipotle mayo dip provided a little bit of spice.
The Goat Cheese Bruschetta was a treat! The goat cheese was panko coated and fried and drizzled with a balsamic reduction. We spooned the cheese and a sort of pico de gallo onto crostini and enjoyed the result.
The highlight of "The Bistro" was definitely the Brie and sweet onion jam. With a grilled chicken breast, a generous serving of bacon, tomato and lettuce this was a very good sandwich. We ordered it with fries which were some of the best we've had in a while (the measure is the crispy little ones) and a garlic mayo dip.
The "Big Spenny" was the burger we ordered (at a 2$ premium) which featured BC Wagyu beef. This was absolutely some of the best beef that I have tasted in a burger and with the cheese, bacon etc. is definitely worth the trip if you are a serious burger person. Pretty amazing salad on the side as well that gave us the feeling that we were eating our vegetables!
A few chocolate truffles for dessert were very rich and deeply chocolatey. I don't believe that anyone would leave hungry after this DOV menu. The whole point of Dine Out Vancouver is to coax customers in with a sexy menu and then impress them so that they will return. Colour us impressed!
B4BL is a comfortable restaurant with inside booths and outside covered seating as well. Booths are separated with plexiglass and servers (and customers) are required to mask up. The service was friendly and the kitchen seems efficient. There is a lot on the menu that we could be tempted to come back and try. It's a nice place to grab a bite.
Food 3 1/2 out of 5
Comfort 4 out of 5
Service 4 out of 5
Value 3 1/2 out of 5
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