This is my second time eating at this place. The first time was not memorable except for the slow service.
My boyfriend and I went this time because it’s a block away from our apartment. We didn’t feel like the usual restaurants in Yaletown.
The restaurant was decently filled. We got seated right away. We were asked about drinks not too long afterwards. My partner order for an appie lightly fried ricotta cheese balls served with a generous portion of cranberry sauce and for his entrée, pasta tortellini with sundried tomato and basil something pesto. I order, without realizing it two entrees. Mussels, which the waitress elected to serve with the bread that is suppose to come before the appies and a salmon burger on ciabatta with fries with ketchup and garlic mayonnaise and a green salad (had actual greens, carrots and beets) as sides.
The pleasant surprise is the food. It was decent to good. I would recommend the food if you like salmon burgers and seafood. I tried the cheese balls and it was okay. I didn’t try the pasta but my bf said that he would recommend it if one was in the mood for pasta.
The service was slow. I order a drink after our appies came and it didn’t come for a while. Also, I noticed when the waitress was taking away the finished plates, she left them and a pitcher of water at a nearby empty table. The place was not supper busy. As mentioned by another review, the waitresses seem to lack a definite urgency and were rather laid back. Having said that, they don’t attempt to make conversation with you eithera. It’s not something I necessarily expect but overall, it seems to be a mismatch and leaves me with a slightly negative impression overall.
When I did get my drink, a mohito, it was good, not water down at all but I am a light drinker.
The ambiance is nice if you are into a funky, casual/relaxed environment from the candles with lots of wax and hanging iron tree.
I’m hesitant to consider this “my neighbourhood restaurant” because I think good service is important but I value the taste of the food equally if not more as well.
I would go back for the food and drink but if I had another terrible experience with the service, I would probably not recommend the place or blacklist it, unless enough time passes and I forget :)
Please note for my ratings I rounded UP. If I could I would be giving half stars. I'm feeling generous because the food was a pleasant and good surprise.