My wife and I ate at 'The Seasonal Experience' for the second time last night and we wondered why it had been so long since we dined here. This place is litterally a hole in wall in a locale that you would never think would have such a great restaurant. Mind you, the interior and decor of the restaurant are much better now since they renovated recently. If this place was downtown, not only would the prices probably be double, but you would never get in.
Our server brought us a 'palate awakener' of pork pate with pickled onion and red relish. Wow, presentation was amazing, the taste combination was great and it really did get the palate 'buzzing'. We had already ordered a bottle of BC riesling and this paired fairly well together. 9/10
Next we decided to share the braised veal cheeks with hand made crab stuffed ravioli as neither of us have ever tried veal cheeks before. I thought it was great, very tender and full of flavours and our server brought us fresh bread to dip in the braise which was excellent. I would give this appy an 9/10 and my wife probably a 7/10. She wasn't blown away by this dish and found it to be too salty.
Next our server brought us a palate cleanser of frozen sparkling wine and cinnamon served on spoons. 10/10
For entres I ordered the Baked Salmon on a bed of root vegi, and wilted spinach with horseradish sauce. Amazing flavour combinations and the salmon was cooked to absolute perfection. 9.5/10
My wife had the Roasted free range chicken breast with gnocchi and green beans. Cannot say enough about this dish! You may think to yourself, "self, how could a plain chicken breast be thaaaat good." The gnocchi was the best I've EVER had, the chicken was cooked to PERFECTION and sauce (can't remeber what was in it) was rediculously good. 10/10
Finished the meal off with orange chocolate mouse (sp?) and it was also amazing 9/10.
The service was outstanding! Our server was very knowledgable and gave us great suggestions!
The value is also amazing. You are paying prices cheaper than the keg, but the food isn't even remotely comparable... The Seasonal makes the keg look like ABC restaurant.
All in all, you can tell this restaurant is run by people who are truely passionate about food and who pour their heart and experience into every dish. Eveything that came to our table was perfection in its presentation, taste and preparation. There is no need to go downtown, pay double, pay for parking, deal with snooty food snobs when there is a place like this.