Linh Cafe – 2836 W4th Ave, Vancouver, B.C.
Linh Cafe is a family owned cafe located in the Kitsilano neighbourhood. This cozy cafe offers French cuisine with a Vietnamese twist by Chef Tai Nguyen.
I previously visited this location for brunch and I was blown away by the food; so when I was given the chance to come for dinner, it was a no-brainer!
We started with an assortment of goodies – a choice of pork rillette, liver pate, salami or house-made sausage. I was given a little bit of everything and LOVED it all! My two favourites were the house made sausage and the liver pate.
The next dish was the cassoulet made of duck confit, house-made sausage, pork confit and white beans. The duck was very well prepared, succulent and full of flavour. The sausage was the same one used in the charcuterie platter. This was a very rich and filling dish so it would be a good one to share.
Wild Argentina spot prawns in garlic butter. This dish was truly outstanding! The shrimp was perfectly cooked and the butter sauce, divine! I highly recommend getting a side order of bread to soak up all the butter sauce.
Beef noodle soup with braised beef flank. Additional toppings (at an extra cost): rare beef, bone marrow or poached eggs. I had rare beef and bone marrow as the addition; I personally think the rare beef should always be included in pho and not as an additional cost. This is a Northern Vietnamese-style pho so you will not get the bean sprouts and herbs that would normally accompany Southern Vietnamese pho. The soup base was very flavourful and arguably, one of the best pho I’ve had in Vancouver! My only criticism of this dish is once you add all the pho options, it can get pricey.
Next, we had pan seared foie gras with house-made brioche (available for dinner only). I’ve tasted a lot of foie gras and I wasn’t too fond of this dish. The texture was a bit too grainy and oily for my liking.
Overall I really enjoyed my experience at Linh Cafe; lovely service and exceptional food. Chef Tai Nguyen is passionate about his food that he prepares and it shows in his dishes. If you are ever in the Kitsilano area, Linh Cafe is a great casual dining spot to try!
I would recommend:
Pho Bo (Hanoi Breakfast), Red Shrimps and Cassoulet.
*All food and beverages were complimentary and opinions are completely my own.