Food Porn: Mode Urban Bistro

For those of you who don’t know about Mode Urban Bistro.…it used to be called Le Metro and is located on the corner of Elmwood and W. Utica in the Elmwood Village (the other Le Metro is located on Main St. in Williamsville).  Before this meal, my only experience with Mode/Le Metro was in the form of a mini dish at the Taste of Buffalo.  When I started working downtown and drove by, I had no idea it was actually the same restaurant.  Regardless, it’s a great little place.  The inside is gorgeous.  Walking in, even with my work attire during lunch hour, I felt almost under-dressed.  I feel I would have enjoyed it even more at dinnertime, but for lunch it was fantastic.  In addition, the lunch prices weren’t unreasonable, on average, between 10-20$ per dish (it didn’t hurt we had a buy one get one free meal coupon).photo-9

The menu was a bit all over the place; a nice selection of salads, panini sandwiches, and a selection of Pho (a Vietnamese soup).  Unfortunately, there is no menu online at the moment, but as long as you like soup and sandwiches you should find something to try.

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After debating over the menu for a couple minutes, I decided to try their Vegetarian Pho.  I’ve only had Pho 5 times, and while I have talked about it several times on this blog, I wouldn’t consider myself an expert.  But I did notice a definite difference from Mode’s style compared to the more authentic Vietnamese restaurants we’ve been to.

In my other experiences the majority of the bowl is just broth, noodles, and meat…with all the “fixings” on the side.  Mode’s version came out filled with vegetables and tofu.  Looking at the photo above you can see a bowl that is packed with ingredients.  While it was not your typical pho, it was bursting with flavor (specifically a lemongrass broth).  It was definitely unique; I wouldn’t even consider this dish the same as my previous encounters with pho.  Regardless, it was great, the broth especially, but if you are an “Pho purist” (if there is such a thing in Buffalo) you might not enjoy it as much.

Also this was my first experience with Tofu and I can officially say that I am not a fan.  Ok, I understand that people who can’t/refuse to eat meat might enjoy it, but to me there is literally no flavor to it (is that how it is supposed to be? Like I said, I have no prior experience in this area).  Yes the “texture” was ok but it was so bland that it almost ruined the dish.

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Alli went with a delicious panini that had  turkey, cranberry mayo, pesto, and a very nice cheddar cheese.  While nothing incredibly fancy, it was delicious.  Alli isn’t a fan of cranberries but she loved the mayo and has been searching every grocery store since for a jar of it.  It is unnecessary to go into too much detail about this dish, it was just a really really great sandwhich, simple as that (for about 12$).

Before our coupon our meal would have been around 30$ for two dishes, a side of fries, and some drinks.  For a very nice lunch in a more upscale restaurant on Elmwood, that is not a bad deal.  Our waitress was friendly, our water glasses were always filled, and we left with smiles.  During lunch on a warm summer day it is a great place to people watch; while it was a bit chilly on the day we went so we did not sit outside, we got a nice little table by the window and enjoyed the sites of the elmwood village.  If you are looking for a very cheap and quick lunch this might not be the place for you; it won’t be a place I go to frequently with my limited budget.  However, it’s a nice little place in a great part of Buffalo and worth a try.  We hope to try dinner there soon and will update you on our second experience.

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6 thoughts on “Food Porn: Mode Urban Bistro

  1. Jillian

    1) I had tofu for the first time a couple years ago (in an Asian dish also) and the texture was the part that really bothered me. Ironically, I felt like I was eating some kind of weird animal part, like a cow brain or something.

    2) Cranberry mayo is freakin’ delicious, but I can’t say I’ve seen it in a store unless you check maybe in like a gourmet food section. I bet it’s easy to make tho, just mix some cranberries and mayo!

  2. so they have their own domain website and yet no display or listing of any of their foods? weak

    where’s your picture of the tofu you didn’t like?

  3. kelE

    I am sure they make their own cranberyy mayo. Just look online there are tons of receipes. Most are just a mixture of cranberyy sauce and mayo. (Some also add salt and pepper, or a squeeze of fresh orange juice.)

  4. Went here last summer and the service was very bad, but will give it a try again. Very hard to form opinions after one visit.

    Tofu is really only good when it’s deep fried ;-)

  5. Brock Jones

    First of all I love how everyone thinks there a food cridict. There is no pesto or cheddar on that sandwich. There is sage on it. I go to Mode on regular bases and it is superb. LOVE IT!

    • Don Burtless

      I don’t remember the name of the sandwich, but considering we ordered this roughly 9 months ago i think the possibility to change a menu item is completely plausible. Otherwise I’m glad you love it, its a nice restaurant but considering there are 100s of other places to go eat around buffalo and they didn’t “wow” me at all, I haven’t gone back.

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