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clickhereVancouverSince June 9, 20072 Reviews
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1.5 (1.4)
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  • Value1 (1)
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Blue Room A West Coast Bistro, The1627 Peninsula Road, #D, Ucluelet
Outstandingly bad food
Submitted Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 11:24pm [Dine in]

We came here during the September long weekend for a quick breakfast. Ucluelet is a small town and it doesn't appear to have very many places to grab breakfast, so when we saw this place, we felt like we lucked out.

The "bistro" is quite small, and when full, quite loud. It was difficult to hear each other. And because it's small, there was a distinct lack of tables, so we were seated at the "bar" area, which was jammed between the front door and the espresso machine (making it doubly hard to hear each other). We were told that it was that, or we would have to wait 20 minutes. Except that 5 minutes later, we saw two tables get up and leave. A little annoying, but overall not a big deal.

My boyfriend ordered a breakfast with "surf" in the name. Basically it consisted of eggs, bacon and pancakes. His order was slightly off - he ordered scrambled eggs, not the sunny side up - but aside from the small portion and odd-tasting bacon (likely that we're not used to the brand of bacon they use), his breakfast was fine.

I wasn't in a breakfast-y mood, and usually never am, but I was happy to see poutine on the menu. It's fries, gravy and cheese curds, and normally a pretty safe bet unless there's something wrong with the fries. I also decided to try to at least pretend to be eating something healthy-ish in the morning, so I ordered that with a Greek salad.

The minor quibbles we had with his breakfast certainly escalated into serious misgivings about mine. The fries in the poutine were fine, but the gravy was thin and weak, disproportionate to the rest of the dish (read: there wasn't enough to properly cover the fries and cheese curds), and lukewarm. When it's lukewarm, the cheese curds don't melt.

I guess I shouldn't complain about the cheese curds not melting though, because they certainly did not taste like cheese curds. More like mozza.

The Greek salad was a disappointment. It consisted of mostly peppers and onions, with a little bit of cucumber, tomato and olives. The portion was teeny tiny, looking as though it was exactly one dry cup's worth of salad, all wrapped in an absurdly large lettuce leaf for presentation. The dressing was okay, but it likely came from a bottle, as it had that bottle consistency.

I was still hungry after my meal, as I really didn't want to eat the rest of it, but there was coffee on the menu and I was tired. Generally speaking, coffee is pretty hard to mess up, and if you have an espresso machine in your restaurant it's assumed that there's at least one person who knows how to use it. So I ordered a mocha to go. There was about a 2 minute period where I was happy with the mocha - it was the time between receiving it, and tasting it in the car. The mocha was weak. I'm not even sure that there was actually coffee in it. The soy milk tasted thin (I drink soy because I am lactose intolerant - all soy milks I've tasted are quite rich) and the coffee and chocolate were non-existent. They weren't even flavours. If there was anything added to the soy milk, it was probably a shot of hot water, followed by a light sprinkling of cocoa.

By then I had had it with The Blue Room's "food" and threw out the "coffee" at the gas station. It was a spectacularly disappointing experience from start to finish and I would urge anyone considering it to go elsewhere.

Overall, our meal came up to about $45, excluding tip and HST.

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Le Nakamura Japanese Dining12480 No. 1 Rd, #130, Richmond
Not worth the effort
Submitted Saturday, June 9, 2007 - 1:08am [Dine in]

The food is served beautifully, but other than that, Le Nakamura underwhelms in every other aspect. The service was slow, even though there were very few diners around, and the sashimi was atrocious. I went with my family; my brother ordered the motoyaki, which he said was great, but my dad and I ordered the spicy tuna and wild salmon sashimi respectively and were both disappointed. The portions are quite small and the sashimi was bland and tasteless. The sauce on my dad's spicy tuna "tasted like barbecue sauce" and wasn't spicy at all. I found two fish bones in my salmon sashimi (different pieces), and even swallowed one. I strongly encourage people to look for a different restaurant, as Le Nakamura is not worth the dining price - even if it were free.

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