Why is it so difficult to find a restaurant with a private room? Add the requirement of a TV and good food and it's nearly an impossible mission in the lower mainland.
After a long exhaustive search (away from the Olympic mayhem) I found Club Ilia. Made a reso nearly a week early and was told by the gal that a party of 25 would warrant the two small adjoining private rooms and no set menu. The day before the party I was informed by the Manager (who confessed to having no clue about the reso) that we'd be forced to squeeze into one room and order off a set menu otherwise a minimum buyout would be imposed. Forget it, I'll take my party elsewhere.
Enter Nathan's Grill. With only one day to find a new venue for the party, I dropped by to check out this restaurant. Chad met with us and was a 180 from the Manager at Club Ilia. Chad actually wanted our business. Sold.
Location: Obscured in the industrial warehouse district in mid-Burnaby. Almost all of us got lost finding it. But we know where it is now.
Ambiance: Comfortable seating, acoustics a tad loud, but it is a bar and grill. Although there aren't any private rooms, we pretty much had the place to ourselves as it wasn't very busy. I wouldn't come here for a quiet meal during any PPV events though.
Service: Jessica took great care of us all night. She was attentive, quick, and friendly, without being intrusive. And she was great with the kids in our party.
Food: Good reports from everyone save the pork chops. Steaks, paella, short ribs, etc. all excellent.
Overall: We had a great experience and were all pleasantly surprised at the caliber of Nathan's Grill. It was a perfect place to have a large group, enjoy good food, and watch the Olympic Opening Ceremonies. It's a shame this place doesn't seem to draw in the crowds. But we said we'd all be back.