Submitted Sunday, January 28, 2007 - 2:07am [Dine in]
We had a very pleasant visit at bridges today, while on our dine out tour with seven friends. The staff was very helpful already before the food, even though our group size kept changing continuously, during the course, I was very pleased by the professional service. I asked for help or a comment on my choice of wine and decided to go for the recommendation, shared by two of us with different meals. Not only that, but then the ambience at night was a blast.
I saw, and tasted most of the items on the menu, but had the prawns, monkfish and crème brûlée combination myself. One big plus: the overall portion size was physiologically perfect, we were absolutely happy about the quality and the stomach signalised well above average satisfaction. One con was my dessert, which could have been torched a bit more as I insist on the cracking of the crème, while I only got a soft thump from my spoon. But, that is just the texture. We will certainly go again, but I will have to check their in-real-life prices as the dine-out value was to good to be true.
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Submitted Wednesday, February 8, 2006 - 3:15am [Dine in]
We were surprised and pleased about the decent style and atmosphere of Fiction, that felt like a slow food low-throughput restaurant/bar. The staff was satisfyingly reactive, a bit of training on their products would help, though (e.g. what is red - white wine, basic beer knowledge, "sorry we have no local beer on tap"). Not a problem if you know what you want. There came the first obstacle, we might have hit just a bad day, but my favourite beer and two wines of their list were done after one bottle or simply unavailable, when ordered. We are not talking about on-tap (which is unreasonably average for Vancouver with Russell), but highlights of their broad international bottles selection. A better glass selection might help here, and for the impressive international beer list as well. You simply should not serve La fin du monde in an IKEA style beer glass. The cocktail list is long and those sampled were very acceptable.
The food was fancy, well done and had soul. One tip, small portions, spread and decorated are cold at delivery if you do dot use pre-heated plates. Selection was limited, but with a mix of ten dramatically different customers everyone still found a favourite. I liked everything we shared, though portions were sometimes too small for that. We are social eaters and did not appreciate the tasters section for that reason. The experience we had was above average, but had noticable flaws preventing Fiction from becoming a top recommendable spot. Coming back? Likely.
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