Submitted Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 5:38pm [Dine in]
For Dine out Vancouver, had an early seating... enjoyed the glimmer of the evening reflection bouncing of of Coal Harbour.
Can't beat the view! Stunning! Went as a group of 4. We all enjoyed the 5 course presentation. (& a ridiculous amount of GREAT oysters) The sea scallop was excellent in my case & I enjoyed the five-spiced Quail. But sadly the creme brulee (quite runny) was not worthy of my ultimate favorite dessert label - kinda a let down after an otherwise wonderful experience.
The service was outstanding (our server, the bus-boy, the owner or manager coming over to check in on us) However - the guy standing a little too close to our table at the bar putting back his 10th beer kinda had than "Cliff Clavin/Norm" quality about him... I guess that's why they call it lfit "BAR" grill. note to self...
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Submitted Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 4:44pm [Dine in]
I grew up in the TC's just a little hike up the hill from ROCKY POINT. For me it's always been one of those sacred places, where numerous wonderful lifetime memories have been made. Sadly, the BOATHOUSE ain't one of them! 8 weeks after it opened, my BF & I decided we would give it a go, it was a BIG disappointment.
We made a reservation earlier in the week, but upon arriving on a cold Dec. Friday evening, the hosting staff (along with the rude, stunned manager) were like deer caught in headlights, and we were told we would have to "Wait for your table Anyways!" Understandably busy, we patiently waited about 25 minutes (without being offered a seat in the lounge or any kind of welcoming comfort) Good thing we made that reservation! Architecturally impressive (I'm sure in the day it's the perfect view of Mt.Seymour) but at night, I found the open concept reminded me of a packed out ski chalet-cafeteria - maybe because someone obviously forgot to turn the heat on or something & the place was FREEZING! We JOYFULLY started with Oysters and martinis - and looked forward to our main course. Unfortunately that's where things went (keeping with it's ski theme i guess) Downhill. I enjoyed a miso-encrusted Halibut done to perfection, while my BF received a cold steak (requested m-rare) with a lobster that was essentially uncooked. Our server (a nice & savvy girl) simply disappeared once the food had been plated & served. No "quality check" done. Rather than flagging down a different server, my sweet boyfriend simply chose not to make a scene & didn't want to have me feel awkward, as he saw that I was enjoying my dinner. So, that was that. Our server miraculously appeared to SELL us on dessert - we weren't impressed. In any case, the whole BOATHOUSE experience had me thinking - I'd much prefer putting the crab traps down off my BOAT & cooking at my HOUSE- if only it was easier to park the boat-trailer like pre-Boathouse days!
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Submitted Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 2:24pm [Dine in]
On our drive back from the crossing the "TRUCK" border, I popped in to this joint a few weeks ago with my boyfriend... and he hasn't been able to stop talking about them RIBS since.
First off, I live in the Tri-Cities... & it's not often I'm out in Cloverdale... BUT here's the RUB... I don't think I'll be making a trip out to the Valley or down to America without timing it just right... & stopping in @ the Cloverdale Fair-Grounds (in the bright Orange roofed Curling rink) for some of Boonies FINE-DOWN-SOUTH CUISINE!
Simply MOUTH-WATERING & totally SATISFYING! This is the kind of SOUL FOOD makes you wanna get up and DANCE & sing!
There's something to be said seeing a Talented & Passionate CHEF (hee hee - think South Park) break off on his own to serve it up like his Grandma taught him. Them Smokey flavours was truly Authentic, & for the PRICE...WOW! Defiantely worthy of actually making a trip out that way & maybe taking up Curling!
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