My partner is Celiac but I am not. This means we get to go out to GF restaurants only. As a gluten eater, however, I yearn for gluten-y food goodness, such as chinese or asian food (damn you wheat-filled-soy-sauce). So we were both excited to hear of the Gluten Free menu at Red Door. We didn't expect as good as lilli and loo (NYC) or even PF Changs but hoped for a solid meal.
So we bundled up and left restaurant rich Yaletown for parking bereft South Granville. Upon our arrival at Red Door for our reservation, we were asked to wait about 10 minutes in the cold, narrow entry (dodging the servers as it was also the patio entry) while they "set-up the table." Fine enough.
We ordered the Hob Nob (allright) and the Fauxhito (atrocious, syrupy). We asked for the gluten free menu. It was very short and had no prices. Server suggested the Papaya Salad, Chicken Satay, Shaking Beef & Pineapple Rice. We ordered them all.
After a palpable wait, we received the apps. The Papaya Salad arrived first. It was sizeable but tasteless. It lacked any discernable hot or sour. It was essentially ruffage. Awful.
The "Chicken Satay" arrived next, sans sauce or seasoning of any kind. For all those in the know, chicken satay without sauce is, ummmm, just chicken. Upon receipt of this sans sauce dish, I corralled the server who stated that the GF MENU WAS JUST SOME OF THE SAME REGULAR MENU DISHES WITHOUT THE SAUCE. Nice. Like I couldn't get "chicken satay, hold the sauce" at a regular restaurant. Oh wait -- I can! It's just other restaurants don't call it their "gluten free menu."
Righto. The entrees that arrived were marginally better than the apps but suffered, again were pretty tasteless. That's what happens, I guess, when you leave out the sauce from your dishes!
In short, the meal was atrocious. The service (nice timing with the GF Menu reveal) was marginal. And the experience, as a whole, was one of the worst I've had in Vancouver. That's $80 and two hours I'll never see again.