La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs
Bailliage de Victoria ~ Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Review of the Artisan Bisto event
September 18th 2016
Chris Schrader, Vice Chargé de Missons Honoraire
September is the month we always look forward to sipping champagne. This month, Gail organized a Chaine-lite dinner at the Artisan Bistro on September 18. What an evening filled with surprise!

This wonderful little restaurant is tucked away in the Broadmead Village. Only open a few months now, it already has a loyal following.

The champagne reception was particularly special - the bubble was served using Gail's personal collection of champagne flutes. Stunning. Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to keep them as souvenirs.

Gail played a little game with all of us, called "name the country of origin for the champagne". Not one person in the room guessed correctly – the Brut Reserve was from England! Such a delicious wine - very distinct flavours and strong minerality. (I detected a slight essence of boiled peas, but I was alone in this observation).

The executive chef, Daryl Pope, and his kitchen brigade put forward a wonderful five course meal. The amuse bouche was a delicious little block of foie gras tourchon with sour cherry compote. Yum! The pan seared scallops were absolutely stunning. The pork belly was crispy and tender. The roasted duck breast was complemented with a beautiful assortment of wild mushrooms.

The wines were enjoyable and the service was excellent.

A Chaine-lite dinner such as this one is a perfect way to get together and share wonderful food, wine, service, and camaraderie of the table.

Thanks Daryl. Thanks Gail.

Chris Schrader