Chengdu Bistro

This evening, I was invited by the owners at Chengdu Bistro to come and try out their dishes. Since it seemed like a bit of an overwhelming task, I rounded up some friends – Liane, Adrian and of course Brian to help me complete my objective.

chengdu bistro awning

Photo by Adrian Ver

 

chengdu bistro interior

Photo by Liane Hung

chengdu bistro interior

Photo by Liane Hung

 

Please note that I was invited by Chengdu Bistro and my meal was comp’d, but all opinions are my own.

Chengdu Bistro is family owned and Executive Chef Henry brings over 20 years of cooking from Hong Kong and Canada to this bistro on Denman. Described as Chinese Szechuan fusion, the bistro focuses on having a comfortable atmosphere, great service and of course, good food.

chengdu bistro peking duck

 

chengdu bistro peking duck

We started off with their signature dish – the Peking Duck with 6 Crepes. This is a half order, they also have a full order available. The Peking duck is nice and slightly salty. The skin is crisp and the duck itself is tender and not too fatty. I think this Peking Duck is one of the best I’ve had anywhere. It’s served with hoisin, cucumber and a wrap – so you’re supposed to slap it all together.

sirloin beef roll chengdu bistro

Up next is a new dish they added to their menu the Sirloin Beef Roll. I am a huge fan of this roll wherever it’s served, but I especially loved it here because the beef is nice and tender – mostly because it’s made with sirloin beef. I also find that most places have a strange ratio of pancake to beef, but here it is a good distribution of pancake, lettuce, sauce and beef. The pancake is crispy, a little more than what I prefer, but my dining companions enjoyed the crispiness as the beef itself was soft making for different textures.

chengdu house special fried rice

 

Our next dish was the Chengdu Special Fried Rice (House special fried rice with shrimp, chinese sausage, onion, jalapeño, broccoli stem in spicy szechuan style sauce). I have to say that this is one of the best fried rice I’ve had anywhere, hands down. Why? For simply being perfect in heat.

chengdu house special fried rice

Photo by Liane Hung

There is some fresh chilies and jalapeño but not so much that it’s burning in your mouth but leaves a playful tingle of heat in it when you eat it. I love heat, but not to a point where I can’t enjoy a meal, so this is perfect.

birds nest seafood chengdu bistro

Another popular dish here is the Seafood & Vegetables Birds Nest (stir fried scallops, shrimp, squid and mixed seasonal vegetables served in a crispy potato made bird’s nest). The birds nest is surprisingly tasty, with a great french fry/hashbrown kind of taste to it.

birds nest chengdu bistro

Photo by Adrian Ver

What we were all impressed with was the fact that this dish was not greasy and heavy like most places do it.

birds nest chengdu bistro

Photo by Liane Hung

The vegetables are steamed just right so they still have that nice crunchy taste and vibrant colour.

stir fried green beans chengdu bistro

Promptly after that dish came the Szechuan Green Beans (long green beans tossed in a spicy szechuan sauce with ground pork and preserved vegetables). This dish is a pretty standard dish and was good.

pan fried prawns in spicy garlic pepper oil

And then shortly after that, our last main dish came. The Szechuan Pan Fried Prawns (pan fried prawns in spicy garlic pepper oil). I am obsessed with this sauce, it was so addicting that I literally just ate the sauce off the fried noodles after the prawns were gone.

pumpkin and red bean in deep fried sticky rice cake

Finally for dessert, we had Pumpkin and Red Bean in Deep Fried Sticky Rice Cake and vanilla ice cream.

pumpkin and red bean in deep fried sticky rice cake

Photo by Adrian Ver

It was a nice, albeit sweet dessert, which paired perfectly with the cute scoop of ice cream. This dish is perfect for one or two people to share.

I would definitely recommend visiting this family owned restaurant if you’re in the neighbourhood. While Denman is mostly known for being Ramen Row, Chengdu Bistro has a nice family feel to it, especially with the owner/manager coming up and making conversation with guests as if it was like home. The food is great, less greasy than most other Chinese places, affordable and very tasty.

Check out their website and menu here.

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About Dee

Inspired by her father’s cooking savvy and impeccable taste and her love of trying out new places, Dee decided to pursue her love of food. Although she much prefers eating at a local restaurant, she has also taken up cooking as a novice who has lots to learn and many recipes to try. Join her quest to rise from cooking mediocrity and fine tune her palate at different restaurants!
  • Adrian

    Still not over this. That Sirloin Beef Roll was sooooo delicious! Thanks again for inviting us!

  • andre

    my ginger beef was delicious and the szechuan pan fried prawns were excellent…i highly recommend you try it…

    • http://gastrofork.ca/ Dee de los Santos

      Hi Andre! Thank you for the recommendation, I love Ginger Beef so it’s a definite must when I go back!