I will start off by saying I am a long time supporter of the Reef, from years past, when I'd stop off after work with a few co-workers to sample the amazing rum list. The Roti's were always top notch as was the entire menu. I would endorse and recommend the place to family and friends whole heartedly. But lately, complacency has begin to creep in. True, it has been probably a year since I had been there, but last night found it had sadly slipped another notch.We were down on Main St. with the family and getting hungry, it was my wife who suggested we try the reef as it had been sometime since any of us had eaten there. We arrived just after 5:00 ( this being a Saturday) and found maybe 6 or 8 other diners inside and outside. The server was friendly and came by a few times with drinks and to see if we were ready to order.
We ordered appy's and entre's, the wait was pretty standard. When our appetizers arrived I was impressed, I had the coconut shrimp, they were big and plump and nicely coated, maybe a little over done though, the mango dipping sauce added a nice touch. My wife ordered the crab cakes, though she said they were really good. My one son, had the poutine and found it not salty enough for his liking, but really liked the over all flavour and taste.The main courses arrived timely enough. I ordered the Jerk chicken and potato curry, with extra gravy for $1 extra ( turned out to be $2 extra) and was disappointed by the portions. The plate was filled with coleslaw and white rice, as for the chicken and potato there was a quarter of one potato, halved and maybe 4 small pieces of chicken, wow really? My wife ordered the goat curry, same thing, heavy on the coleslaw and rice, not so much on the meat. Both meals were flavourful, but heavy on the cheap fillers.
My oldest son, ordered the Kingston Quesadilla with yam fries, he really liked the flavours, but found the yam fries a little soggy. It looked like the same oil had been used for one batch to many.
Over all the food has slipped, service is average and prices have probably stayed the same as our last visit. That all said, when I mentioned the small portions to our server she did seem genuine in her response to add another "scoop" of chicken, and that they had changed the portion sizes recently(?)
In all I am quite disappointed with the Reef in 2013, with all the choices of restaurants between Main St. and Commercial Drive, a point I stressed to our server, why would I want to come back again? I use to love this place and would always recommend it, now I probably won't go back.