Bogart’s Chophouse

by Ed Lau on January 5, 2008

Bogart's Chophouse, Vancouver

Went out to celebrate a friend’s birthday today and what better way to do it than with some steaks and beers?

Bogart’s Chophouse, located on West Broadway in Vancouver, is quite an elegant restaurant despite the gaudy neon sign out right. The dining hall is filled with dark woods and warm lighting. It features live jazz musicians and a large selection of beer, wine and martinis. While there is a small television at the bar, Bogart’s seems to be more of a place to mingle over drinks or enjoy a quality cut rather than watch the game.

Bogart's Chophouse, Vancouver

I started with a caesar salad and I must say, it was definitely the most…unique salad I’ve had with romaine lettuce leaves cut length-wise and with the parmesan cheese and croutons on the side rather than tossed in. There was a bit too much dressing for my taste but overall, not bad. I wouldn’t say it was particularly special other than the bonus points for presentation.

Bogart's Chophouse, Vancouver

Being a steakhouse, I had to go with a steak. There are some other entrees available but why go to Paris and not see the Louvre? There’s a few chicken, fish and pasta dishes but the majority of the menu, including appetizers, have beef in some shape or form. My New York strip was a perfect medium rare and had a great char on the surface. The asparagus was crisp and the potatoes soft but not soggy. A great steak doesn’t need much in terms of sauce but the peppercorn brandy demiglaze was nice and not overpowering.

I had to wait a bit for my second beer but service was rather good considering how large our party was. My only complaint would be that while the jazz is fun and keeps the place lively, the restaurant is a fairly small area and the music is very loud, making it difficult to hear anyone who is not sitting immediately beside you and yelling in your ear. Granted I was sitting fairly close to where they were playing but still…I’d rather carry a conversation with my friends. If I wanted deafening music, I’d drive another five minutes and there are at least 7-8 clubs that could accommodate. Gratuity is included if you’re in a large party.

Overall, I’d probably go back. Prices are reasonable and I can’t complain when a place makes a steak the way I like rather than overcooking it, assuming I’m squeamish.

in Food and Fine Dining

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Mike Huang January 6, 2008 at 4:15 pm

How much did all this cost ya? :)

-Mike

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Edward January 6, 2008 at 7:09 pm

caesar salad? Never heard of it before …

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Leo January 6, 2008 at 10:12 pm

At first I thought that pic of the salad was the asparagus.
You ever notice how asparagus makes your piss smell really pungent?

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