We went to Dine Out Vancouver last night with another couple. None of us had ever been to Il Giardinos for dinner. Overall, the experience was decent, not great and not poor. For the money, it was rather disappointing considering we had heard good things about Il Giardinos.
For the appetizer, three of us had the Parmesan-Lemon Crusted Scallop and Grilled Jumbo Prawn Garlic Butter with leeks saffron risotto and the wife had the Balsamic Caramelized Fig Arugula Watercress Mix Salad
with shaved provolone & aged balsamic. The scallop and prawn was quite tasty; the salad was another uneventful green salad.
For the mains, the guys had the Angus Beef Braised Short Ribs
with polenta, caramelized shallots, roasted carrots
& steamed broccolini. The shallots and vegs were overdone and tasteless. The beef was rich and melted in your mouth; not bad. The wife had the pasta Cannelloni Ricotta Cheese & Spinach Florentine portion was small (we were warned) and not something she would have again. The other spouse enjoyed the seared Fillet of Arctic Char Vegetable Tartina pomme parigine & braised cabbage. The creme brulee and mousse were standard fare. We each had a glass of wine from the wine list. The recommended wine pairings were not what we would have picked.
The service was poor. Our server was abrupt and rude. We had to ask to be served water and wine, and the server was rude with the bill. The food was not well presented and at times, things seem very rushed.
The restaurant itself was very nicely decorated in in Italia old. Lighting and ambience was just right, even though it was a very busy Saturday night. However, the poor service overshadowed what would have been a nice evening out.