We were a party of 3 on a business expense dinner and chose The Lift as it is close to the Westin Bayshore where one of us was staying. We were seated at a window table and ordered drinks. For appies, we decided to split the dumplings and the asian sticks. Both were awesome -- very tasty and a good sized portion. For dinner, two of us had the ahi tuna sushimi which was pleasantly displayed and was incredibly good. As we were ordering the ahi tuna, I asked the waiter to explain the dish. He asked me what I wanted to know. I replied 'everything' and he did explain it in great detail and it wasn't at all what I expected from the description, but sounded good. I then asked him to explain the halibut dish. He once again asked what I wanted to know, saying that it was described right there on the menu. Well, let me tell you that once he described the dish, I hadn't a clue how he could think that it was reasonably explained on the menu. He spoke about the mild curry, which I didn't even see mentioned. Our friend had it and liked it.
When I was eating the ahi tuna sashimi which was drizzled on the side with a wasabi mayonnaise, I asked the waiter for additional wasabi mayo. He pointed at my plate and showed me that the plate still had some wasabi mayo on it which he suggested to me was more than enough to continue eating the dish. Not in so many words, but in a rude, condescending manner. One of my dinner partners then spoke up and asked would it be O.K. to get more. Can you imagine my dismay to be treated this way. Has anyone ever been questioned when requesting something regarding their meal?!! I could not believe the nerve of the man.
I then spoke to the Manager who was rightly apologetic and said he'd make a report on it. Well, I sure hope so, because I have never, ever been treated so rudely with a 'mightier than thou' attitude. Needless to say, the remainder of the meal was spoiled for everyone. And, did I mentioned that this was a business expense. Cost was not a factor, but we sure didn't feel like leaving any tip at all.
Needless to say, I will never visit The Lift Restaurant again, nor will I ever recommend it to anyone. We go on many, many business expense paid dinners, and there are many fine restaurants in Vancouver to dine in. This will surely be off our list.