February 03, 2011
Out of the three dine out restaurants I went to, this was by far the best service I had received. It’s not the best service ever! but it’s quite high up the ladder. I asked for a cup of hot water, and the waitress came out with a pot of hot water and some lemon slices, she didn’t force the lemon on me, but asked me if I wanted some. I am sure had I said no she would have brought it back in, but there is no harm in bring extra stuff! The food came quite quickly. By the end of the dinner, one of us had requested for a cup of coffee, the waitress asked the rest of us if we wanted coffee or tea, we replied no. 5 mins later another person ordered another coffee. Then 5 mins after that I wanted some tea and asked what kinds of tea they have. She listed out about 10 kinds. There was no annoyance in her voice, which I give her credit for, because if it were me, I’d so soooo annoyed (LOL). I tipped 15% 🙂
I didn’t take a picture of the menu for this one, so let’s just dive right into the food!This was pretty much a 5 course meal, I was FULL at the end. As in uncomfortably FULL. But the food was oh-so-good.
This was part of the first appetizer: “Amuse Bouche: Seared Qualicum Bay Scallop smoky creamed corn and crispy bacon.”
OMG were the scallop good! I also love corn, especially cream corn. This was pretty much a dish made for me!
This is the other part of the Amuse Bouche: “Mozzarella Arancini roasted garlic red pepper jelly.”
I didn’t like this as much. The red pepper jelly over powered the whole dish, it tasted kinda like “White Chinese food” because the jelly tasted like sweet and sour sauce.
The second appetizer: “Roasted Carrot Soup grilled apple with thyme and butter fried walnut crostini.”
The apple slice was a bit odd, but other than that, the soup was really good. The consistency of the soup was creamy, almost congee like. I love cream soup (actually I love soup in general LOL)
This was my entree: “Crispy Skin Boneless Half Hen baked creamy garlic potato and rapini with corn puree, almond milk and thyme.”
The veggie up top was a bit salty, but the chicken was good. For white meat it was not dry at all, and I love the contrasting texture of the crispy skin (I love crispy chicken skin! YUM!). The sauce on the side was good for dipping with the chicken The baked potato is my favourite part!! It was mashed up, but baked to a crisp.
A friend has this entree: “raised Lamb Cheeks roasted tomato and natural jus, risotto with crushed green olive and parmesan, sautéed shoestring vegetables.”
I took a bite of the lamb. It was still a bit “lamby.” I think I am getting sick of lamb…
The third entree: “Roasted Smoked Sable Fish broad beans, leek and haricot verte with carrot jus and butter.”
Normally for dine outs I avoid ordering fish because if not cooked right, fish is not very good at all. This dish I also had a bite. It wasn’t too bad, although I do think the fish was a bit over cooked. But I only had a tiny bite so I can’t really judge.
The dessert: “Orange Milk Chocolate Ganache Tart served with praline and vanilla cream”
So the reason I took 2 pictures of this, these are the same dessert but different plates. Mine is the second one, I don’t know what it was, but mine had a lot less praline than the one my friend had (top pic). It was just odd. Nevertheless, this dessert was really good. I think I might even go back just for this dessert haha.The ganache was not overly sweet, the tart itself was crunchy and not soggy. I was so full 1/3 of the way though this dessert, but I just couldn’t abandon it!
The other dessert: “Three Chocolate Truffles handmade with cranberry, chestnut with cream and ginger vanilla fillings”
well..reading the description I did not expect this. It was very pretty though. I had a bit of the “leaf” it was good chocolate, again not overly sweet. But I think the selling point is the prettiness of it.
ok, that’s it for part 2 of dine out. Just one more coming up. I have pictures all uploaded and ready to go, hopefully I’ll post it up soon 🙂 Until next time, live well and eat LOTS!