Artisan Eats has poor customer service. The food is so-so, and the serving sizes is inconsistent. I paid $9 for a panini sandwich one day, and another day, I paid the same price but got less than 2/3 of the size.
It is a noisy place to eat even when it is not crowded. The servers are always talking loudly among themselves instead of serving customers.
The owner is abrupt and blunt especially once, when I inquired about food on the menu.
The servers are always changing except a French girl(?).
I will not recommend this place unless there is no other places to eat on Bowen Island especially if you would like to enjoy your food and the view in a peaceful ambience.
After rave reviews from friends of ours we recently decided to give Cocoa West a try - As true chocolate connoisseurs we were not disappointed.
We decided to go for the whole "bed and chocolate" experience. It was truely the most relaxing, intimate and perfect staycation for couples. The room was decorated with rich colours, warm lighting, stone shower and the most comfortable bed one could ask for. The first evening we immediately felt the pressure of our busy lives disappear. It is located in a very artsy unique square - you do not feel like you are in British Columbia.
The Bed and Chocolate package is definitely the way to go. We received a box of seasonal truffles that were selected by the Maitre Chocolatier. They were definitely the best that we have had - the reason I am even writing about Cocoa West. We are not too concerned about organic chocolates normally, but you could actually taste the difference between these and the mass produced chocolates that you normally encounter in Vancouver. But, I must say that the hot chocolate and mocha was like nothing we've tasted. I can't even describe it - it is a must try. Apparently you can purchase it in stores in Vancouver, so if you can't make it to Bowen you should try it in store.
The People and Facility:
Upon arrival we were treated like a king and queen. The younger staff members were very sweet and helpful. The actual chocolate shop was not swank nor prestigious. It was cozy and the only way to describe it would be antiquey. Brown dark woods with glass cases to hole the assortment of truffles.
We both agreed that we want to come back. Hopefully this review helps.
My family & I went to Bowen Island for the day on a beautiful sunny October day (10/16/2010) and decided to go to this joint for lunch. We were the first customers of the day, which was a little surprising, as it was 11:50AM. Sat outside and ordered coffees to start. Coffees arrived 5 mins. later and were lukewarm and basically colored water. Called over the waitress to return them and she seemed surprised (?).
Waitressing 101: make sure the coffee is hot.
Ordered fish & chips and two clubhouse sandwiches. Substituted the fries for the soup of the day (cream of yam and $4 extra!), which was a mistake. The soup was delivered- surprise, surprise- barely lukewarm. Returned the soup to the waitress, who again seemed surprised (?).
Waitressing 101: make sure the soup is hot.
Warmed up soup delivered about 5 mins. later (customer next to us did the same) but it wasn't worth the wait. It was excessively thick and bland. Fish & chips were fine, but overpriced ($16 for cod!). Clubhouse sandwiches had dried-out onion and tomato slices.
All in all, a big disappointment and we'll never go back. Overpriced and barely edible food.
Two thumbs down.
Good solid honest food, happy staff and decent prices.
The fish and chips were great, excellent fresh fish and crisp batter.
But my favourite is the burger - tender and juicy.
Everytime I'm there - admittedly usually saturdays after a hike - the place is packed, often a live band and a great atmosphere.
From my experience there are 2 pubs on Bowen Island. Doc Morgan's and The Pub. Doc's is right by the water, has a great big patio, gets most of the tourists, and is generally over priced and not great.
The Bowen Island pub is just up the hill, about an 5 minute walk from the Marina. Smallish outdoor patio (about 7 tables) and a real local feel inside. This is the place that the locals eat and drink at. It is your true home town/small town pub and many people in the place are regulars.
They have about 6 beers on tap.
I had the fish and chips, which was fine, but not great. I like a thick beer batter on my fish, where this was quite a light batter. The chips though, were very very good.
My wife's burger was excellent (mushrooms and brie), tasted flame grilled. Good size.
Food came out fast and fresh.
If you are looking for fine dinning, or a trendy place to be, this is not for you. If you want good food, at good prices, and a bit of local flavour, you should enjoy. It is worth the walk up the hill.
In the past, I have had similar experiences as another reviewer of this restaurant. Slow service, long wait times for food and inconsistent and often poor food quality. Not so this month: Wait time was normal, service was excellent and the food was all around good. If this keeps up, it may be worth visiting more often.
The first time we knew of Doc's was last August 2006. There was a line-up and we decided to go elsewhere. We had to ask why there was a line since only half of the restaurant was full. They didn't have enough servers.
We were there again a few weeks ago. There were probably 6 tables occupied so we decided to go in. It took about 15 minutes before a server even came to take our orders. And then it took another 45-50 minutes for the food to arrive. It took so long that my daughter, with whom I am supposed to share my chicken tenders and fries with, fell asleep hungry. Aside from the chicken tenders, we ordered fish and ships. How complicated can that be? The fish was overcooked and tough. The fries weren't even hot.
I will never go back to Doc's and I wouldn't recommend it. I'd rather go to the hotdog stand outside.