I was so excited to hear that SOCIETY was going to open before december, because I always like to have my birthday dinners at newly opened restaurants. I tried to make reservation 5days in advance for a Saturday night for 5 people and they said they can't take any more reservations but we can just come down to see if there are any seats avail.
On a saturday night, at 6:30 me and my 3 girlfriends went to SOCIETY, there were SO MANY seats everywhere. It kind of ticked me off how they blew me off on the phone for the reservation, but since it was my birthday dinner, I decided to let it go. We got seated on the table near the entrance, and everytime the door opened, it was freezing cold! There were lots of other tables around us...I wonder why they specifically seated us there. This lady who brought us to our table told us about the cotton candy drink and it sounded interesting so we decided to order that. Except that our server didn't even know the special drink so I had to explain it to him which was....annoying. But he was overall very friendly and tried his best. He recommended few things off the menu, but it made me feel like he was pressuring me to get it, instead of recommending items that I might like and for what reason. The servers were all wearing jeans and a white shirt, I guess going for the casual look. Which I thought was interesting...but not very flattering. When I go out for dinners at yaletown, I like to see nicely dressed people! not people in jeans and...white shirt. It makes them look like they are working for home depot or something. Especially when lots of the girls who work there are pretty hot, but some of the guys had a belly..and with a white shirt on top, it was quite unattractive.
All of got the cotton candy drink, it is this lemony drink with cotton candy on top, it was super pretty and yummy...except it was SUPER messy all over the table. But I guess it was worth it. We ordered Truffle Mac and Cheese, Pesto Pizza, Spinach salad and lobster gnocchi to share. The servings are pretty small but the pizza is pretty big. I was excited about truffle Mac and Cheese, and the serving is quite small, but it has decent amount of truffle on it plus the flavor is awesome. Pesto Pizza was nothing special, Spinach salad was delicious with the thick cut bacon (it was chewy!) but the lobster gnocchi was just alright.
As we were reaching end of our dinner, we were taking breaks to chat and what not, these people kept on trying to take our plates away without asking! If we still have forks in our hands, you shouldnt take the plates away!!! or at least ask?? It made us feel like they wanted us out of there, it was making me feel really uncomfortable...One person tried to take the plate away and my friend told him how we weren't done, but he still took it away. AWKWARD I think they def need better training for people who takes away the plates!
Their decor is really cute, and so is there menu. I love the pink chandlier!! However, I was a little disappointed with the washroom. It is way too small and there is not enough room to move around. I usually think the washroom is the eyes of the restaurants...but it was disappointing.
I know I pointed out lots of faults for this review, but I am still planning to go back. Maybe I had higher expectations because it was my first time visiting and because it was my birthday dinner. But overall the service was decent and the food was yummy and the price range was awesome for a restaurant in yaletown. I will def try this place again and post another review. I think this restaurant has a lot of room to grow and am excited to see it happen =)