Took our mother here to celebrate her birthday, because of the good reviews on this site. Definitely was not disappointed! When you first enter the doors it was a little strange, there is a small sushi restaurant on the left and tanks of live seafood on the right. Once upstairs it was nice...a lot of wood beams and pillars made it seem warm on a cold wet evening. We were seated promptly, although we didn't get a window seat which was disappointing. The service was great throughout the evening, our server was just present enough without being overbearing. He was observant enough to see that we were celebrating a birthday and offered us a free dessert, without us having to ask.
For starters we ordered the pan fried oysters and wok squid. The oysters were absolutely amazing! There were only 4 per order, and I would've ordered more if I wasn't trying to save my appetite for my entree. The wok squid however was disappointing. It came breaded and deep fried, not stir fried as I expected. It was also very bland, and the onion salsa overpowering. However, it was cooked just right, tender and not chewy. This is the only reason I didn't give this place a 5 for the food. The warm bread was a nice touch.
We ordered the sable fish off the fresh sheet for entree, and also the arctic char. The sable fish was the best fish I have ever had! The first bite was melt in my mouth, juicy and tasty. I enjoyed the entire thing - my mouth is watering just thinking about it! The rice accompanying it was not to mother's taste, but we thought it wasn't bad. The arctic char in a lemon butter sauce was also tasty, tasted like salmon.
The portions were not too large, and we were pleasantly not stuffed, therefore felt we had room for dessert. We ordered creme brulee, white chocolate cheesecake and lemon tart. The cheesecake had a funny taste, like it was made with some strong tasting cheese, but it was light and not too heavy. The creme brulee was good, nice crust on top and accompanied by a biscotti. The lemon tart was also very nice. A nice way to finish off a great meal.
My only complaint would be that a large table is placed right next to smaller tables. Anyone trying to have an intimate, quiet meal might be annoyed by a large table of guests talking loudly across the table. Or maybe it was just because that night the large table was occupied by a table of loud women. I felt sorry for the couple seated next to them trying to have a quiet meal!