Many Canadian bistros differentiate themselves from their European counterparts by serving region-specific dishes and replacing waiters with Alanis Morissette. Enjoy artisan cuisine without irony with today's Groupon: for $30, you get $60 worth of French-inspired fare and drinks at Tapenade Bistro in Richmond.
Winner of a 2011 Georgia Straight Golden Plates award for Best Richmond Restaurant, Tapenade Bistro fuses a mastery of French technique with Mediterranean influences and West Coast ingredients. Dungeness crab ($15) kicks meals off on a luscious note, and a beet salad ($11) stars chickpea puree, horseradish cream, and marinated teen beets. A bed of linguine supports line-caught albacore tuna confit ($20), and a Fraser Valley duck breast ($26) silences the sounds of hunger more effectively than pressing the mute button on the nearest remote controller. The bistro's wine list also gathers an eclectic selection of imported and local wines.
Our customers loved this deal last year, earning Tapenade Bistro a spot on Groupon's Best of 2011 list.
Even though the menu is influenced by eateries in the Old World, almost every other element of Tapenade Bistro is supremely local. Chef Colin Uyeda, who grew up in Steveston, got his first job in a kitchen at age 15 according to the Richmond Review. The reporter sampled locally caught seafood, going so far as to name the local fisherman behind octopus that's "succulently braised and served with in-house merguez sausage, harissa paste, a combination of pickled and fresh vegetables, and a citrus emulsion."
That's not the end of the regional influences though; there are Salt Spring Island mussels, cuts of Fraser Valley pork, and more, all of it made in compliance with Ocean Wise's guidelines for sustainability. Small producers from the region are well represented on the wine list, as well, and a special dinner series walks patrons through those offerings.
3711 Bayview St.
Richmond, British Columbia V7E 3B6