Submitted Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 6:04pm [Dine in]
Ever since this location opened, we have been wanting to try it for a Mr. Mike Burger that we remembered from our teenage years in the 1970's. The old Mike burger, if you remember, was freshly ground steak, that was char broiled to perfection right in front of you, with special Mr. Mike seasoning salt, served on crusty French garlic bread, delicious baked potato, and a salad bar that was awesome.
What we ate today, tasted more like it came from the frozen food aisle in the grocery store. It was a frozen patty, on a soft poor excuse for a bun, dripping in grease, no baked potato, and no salad bar anywhere in sight.
The manager even tried to convince us that Head Office told him the food was the exact replica of the original burger.
Oh no it isn't! I used to work at the old Mr. Mikes on Granville and 70th in the 1970's. And I made hundreds of Mike Burgers.
There is zero ambiance in this old Canadian Tire building, and looks pretty much like any other bar on the Scott Road strip - loud music, and more of a bar set up than a cozy restaurant. I can just imagine that it gets very LOUD in there at night.
The service was prompt enough, but we did overhear another patron complaining that it took 20 minutes to get served a glass of wine.
The manager did mention that if we wanted an original Mr. Mikes from the original franchise, we would have to go to Kamloops!
The only good thing I can say was the beer was cold.
2 Burgers, 2 beers, $40.00 with tip.
we won't go back
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Submitted Sunday, September 20, 2009 - 1:01pm [Dine in]
$11.95 for lunch, and an entertainment coupon prompted us to try out the Buffet. It's in a busy location, with good window tables, and the restaurant looks inviting. We were seated promptly, and a jug of water was put on the table. The food was pretty good, butter chicken, chicken curry, a beef dish that didn't look too appetising, so we gave that a miss, samosas, chickpeas, lentils and a soy curry, plus a good variety of salads and sweets. Not outstanding by any means, but filling, and there was something there to please everyone's taste. There really isn't any service, you help yourself to food, and go up to the bar to get your bill and pay. There were a couple of annoying things though - The restaurant doesn't stamp your parking voucher from the underground parkade so that was another $6.00, and they automatically add a 10% tip to your bill if you use the coupon. Now, I don't mind tipping for good service, but to be forced to tip for no service really soured the experience. Restaurants take note - if you don't like it when customers use the Entertainment coupon, Don't advertise in the book!!!! Would we go back? Probably not.
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Submitted Saturday, May 30, 2009 - 10:28am [Dine in]
The Backstage Lounge saved an otherwise horrible night at Granville Island for us. We had gone for dinner at another establishment, and left due to poor service. We were starving, and headed straight for the next open restaurant. We were seated on the patio at the backstage Lounge, overlooking the water and boats on a beautiful evening. The waitress was prompt and very friendly, she brought our drinks straight away, and gave us the heads up that the kitchen was busy, and our dinners may take a little longer to come. No problem, we told her about our experience at the other restaurant, and even she apologised for the other restaurant's bad service ~ what a professional, and a credit to the food service industry! The food came hot, and tasty, and at under $15 a plate the value was certainly there. Don't pay huge prices at Granville Island, the view from the Backstage is exactly the same as the high priced joints, and the service and friendliness is 100 times better.
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