Nu’s ambience is quite nice, overlooking False Creek and the Burrard Street Bridge. The light fixtures reminded me of something found at Expo '67. Though such tackiness in most restaurants would look too cornball, this restaurant's atmosphere can make them work.
To start we had to wait 30 minutes for our table. If I make a reservation, my table better be ready on time. 1 point deduction.
The speed of service was variable. Given the size of our party I usually give some amount of slack to the waiting staff with mixing up orders. After all it's not easy being a waiter, especially given Nu’s ambient noise level. My problem came with how long it took to receive or appetizers -- close to 1 hour. 1 point deduction.
IThe bread and the butter tasted great, but to have the manager come and ask if we want bread (our order was taking a long time), then CHARGE us for it? 1 point deduction.
Our food arrived. I was impressed with my gruyere cheese soup and trout. The wine was nice; Nu carries mostly a local selection of Northwest and California wines. Initially I was disappointed with the wine selection but after trying the MC2 bottle I was appeased.
With our large party the management ordained a service charge. This of course is quite standard for large parties, however when the service charge is 20%, don't expect a great review unless you blow me away. I would have argued with management about the service charge but then I wouldn't have felt compelled to write this review. Minus 1 point deduction.
In short, visit Nu to experience the bartending prowess and the view. But be prepared to be nickeled and dimed. You've been warned.