I was really looking forward to trying this place as I'd never been here before. My bf and I chose this place in the mad rush that is Dine-Out Vancouver and arrived, slightly early, our reservation but were seated right away. (Which is highly unusual in many other restaurants). The ambiance is beautiful as it's set right on the water and even though it was fairly early for a Friday, the place was hoppin'.
We weren't in a rush so we ordered a few bevvies and an appy prior to looking at the Dine-Out Menu. We choose the Ginger Beef (YAY for happy hour specials) and he had a beer, while I had a cosmo and a cucumber saki martini. (the latter was absolutely delicious despite being extremely potent.) I actually want to give a big shout-out to the cook who created out ginger beef as it was absolutely stellar. Seriously, we are huge fans of ginger beef and are usually thoroughly disappointed because it's either too saucy or fried or plain. This one, though, wasn't fried at all. In fact it was seared beef strips served over crispy noodles in a rich dark ginger sauce. It was delightful.
After this we ordered. I chose the Dine-Out Menu while my bf chose to order of the regular menu. I had the crap cakes (appy), merlot braised short ribs (entree) and the red velvet cake for dessert. He ordered the jambalaya with corn bread. The crab cakes arrived and they were pretty tasty. A little bit too deep-fried for my taste but still yummy. The inside of the cake had nice flavor and the dipping sauce served with the cakes was really tasty. (I do, though, wish it came with more than two little cakes, but what can you do.) After that the mains came and they were NOT great. My short ribs were cold, too salty and and the sauce had a very strange aftertaste. (the mushroom linguini served with it was cooked perfectly though). The jambalaya was even worse; completely bland, no taste whatsoever and the seafood was slightly overdone. I did, though, warn him that having just come back from New Orleans it was probably not a good idea to order a southern dish. He agreed with this comment afterwards.
The velvet cake arrived and it was delicious! I mean how can you go wrong with red velvet cake and cream cheese icing. Exactly.
All in all, I would definitely try it again as the service was amazing, the drinks superb and the appies phenomenal. I will not be having either of the mains we ordered again.