We were pleased when a classy restaurant opened in Chilliwack. We have had weddings, funerals,family
meals here and were pleased with the food. But recently we brought family here for a special occasion
and were very unhappy with our meal. We went back thinking it may have been just that one time. It was
very disappointing again. We will now go somewhere else. The meals are less than mediocre. Service
lacks something as well. It is too bad because the setting on Salish Pond is really beautiful but if your
meal is gourmet price you expect the quality to be gourmet as well. It is not. There are quite a few
good restaurants in Chilliwack. We have given Prestons a lot of our business in the past and will not be going back.
This is the restaurant in the re-done Coast Hotel, near the library. The decor is modern, but not cold, and the view out to Salish Pond is interesting.
My elderly mom is a surprisingly adventurous and knowledgeable diner, and one of her friends had recommended Preston's, so we thought we'd give it a try for lunch.
Mom had mussels that were just superb, with a rich broth. The server brought us extra bread for sopping.
I had a Salad Nicoise that was very different, but also delicious. It was constructed on a slab of toasted baguette, with three little towers of fresh green beans, olives, egg slice, and perfect little cubes of ahi tuna.
Their house white wine was good value, and the service was excellent.
Our sports team went to an event and stayed at this hotel. The portions were inconsistent, since the pancakes had 4 pancakes, each around 6 inches in diameter, compared to 4 slices of baguette, for a $1 difference in price. There were four tables for the team. Two of the tables finished eating before we even got our food! We waited an hour for our food, and when it finally came, it was terrible! The pancakes were soggy, the 'fresh' strawberries tasted like they were frozen ones heated up, and it was supposed to come with whipped cream but it didn't. When the whipped cream finally came, it actually tasted good, I must say. My friend had french toast, and it was hard and dry. The servers showed no sympathy on how bad they were and how restless we were and other customers, who were waiting for an hour. We complained, and they didn't do anything. I saw three servers to take one bill to a table. We were late for our sports game, and we were supposed to have arrived 20 minutes earlier. I wouldn't come back, and not just for the wait, but for the service, the way the servers acted and the food quality. If you do come here, don't expect great stuff. Oh and by the way, the hot chocolate wasn't good hot chocolate. It tasted like the instant hot chocolate powder that you just add hot water to.
Just a tad too pricey, but the ambiance was nice and modern.
We had our staff Christmas party at Preston's. They had a nice set-up, quick and friendly service but that was about where the good stopped and the mediocre set in. While the appetizers were alright, they were a little under seasoned (the tomato and bocconcini salad was anyway). the "risotto" in the main was the consistency of mashed potatoes and tasted as salty as if they used packaged gravy in it. I felt sorry for the vegetarians as unfortunately their only option was a huge bowl of the risotto with nothing else to cut the one dimentional flavour. I had the chicken with the promise of it being stuffed with goat's cheese but there was nary a trace of it. Overall Preston's tried to impress with the menu but fell short with the actual execution of it therfore serving overpriced, badly done food. For $130 for one crappy 3 course meal and a few drinks I'll take my money elsewhere next time.
My wife and i have come here twice before and had a pleasant experience....but this time the service was laclustre and the food took forever to come out.(maybe because they overcooked it).
We asked the waitress how things were going..she felt it was her duty to fill us in on company gossip(very unprofessional) and she told us the old hotel chef left and that the new chef wasn't as good ,as well they fired the restaurant chef and manager and since then things were'nt as good.
the food was so so service was terrible and slow...as a chef myself i probrably won't come back for a while ....frankies is a way better resto and more affordable.
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