Food Review: BIVY

bivy_logoWe’re usually a little cautious about checking out boutique restaurants in the west end for fear of stepping into hipster territory. While Ashley does love the hipster vibe, sometimes the attitude isn’t what we want when it comes to food. We like big portions. We like a calm but not stuffy atmosphere. We like a menu that doesn’t try too hard to be unique and delicious, but just naturally is. That said, we like BIVY.

05BIVY is actually the abbreviation of bivouac, a temporary shelter with a rustic feel and a simple, satisfying meal where someone would go when hiking through the mountains.

An “urban food outpost”, BIVY opened in Brockton Triangle a couple of years ago and was designed with that rustic feel; the interior is made of reclaimed wood and vintage lighting with a hand-painted model plane and four wooden deerheads mounted on the wall. The menu itself is present on a clip board and chalk boards display the specials and creative chalk drawings.

We started our dinner with a very stiff custom cocktail. We say stiff because they are not messing around. No watered down fruity mixtures here, BIVY offers the real deal.



As for food, we wanted to try a bit of everything so we started off with the picnic platter, which offered a hefty variety of gravlax, paté, prosciutto, homemade sun-dried tomato hummus (which was to die for!), different kinds of cheese with breads and crackers. For entrees, we tried the duck confit and the spinach farcou with a side of frites to share.

The Good: The portions were generous and filling, but most importantly delicious. The spinach farcou was like nothing we have ever tasted before and there was something actually addictive about the frites. The atmosphere was welcoming and intimate, but not

01But the biggest delight was probably owner Pascale Vernhes. He greeted us personally and made knowledgeable suggestion and even offered to change up certain items of the menu to better suit our tastes.

The Meh: It is a location you kind of have to go out of your way for if you aren’t from the area, but it is definitely worth the trip.

Overall: We were pleasantly but thankfully surprised with the overall experience of BIVY. Our suggestion, the menu offers an intriguing “Potbelly Dinner” option, described as pretty much anything we want you to try for $35. Put your trust in chef Pascale, let him wow you with whatever he wants you to try, he knows what he’s doing.