Submitted Monday, December 15, 2008 - 1:37am [Dine in]
Went to the Wild Rice for the 2nd time today. We were there about 4 yrs ago. I understand that the chef has changed since then. As always, the service was friendly and attentive. We never had to ask for our water glasses to be filled, and the service was very quick. They made a mistake and gave us an entree that we didn't order. Instead of taking it back, they said that it was on the house. Very nice.
The entrees are called sharing plates on the menu, but once they arrived, my son says that they look like tasting plates. The portions are very small for the price that is charged. The short ribs were quite salty, but the squid and halibut were done very well. If only there weren't so little of it.
All in all, a pleasant place to go if you like a laid back, semi-casual dining experience, but not if you want quantity for what you pay.
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Submitted Friday, July 18, 2008 - 12:47pm [Dine in]
We visited Kobe for the first time yesterday. We had a party of 14 and had made the reservation that same morning. When we got there, we were told that they have no record of it. And instead of perhaps contemplating that they might be the ones who had screwed up, we were accused of never having made that call. The decor was dark and dingy. When we walked into the dining area, you can smell old, rancid grease. There was a film of sticky grease on the chairs. All in all, the place looked and felt like a dump. As soon as we sat down, they wanted to take our orders. What happened to giving customers a chance to look at the menu first?
My partner and I decided to share the ultimate platter which was the most expensive and looked like it had the most food. We were told that if people decided to share a dish, they had to pay and extra $15 in order to get extra appetizers for the 2nd person. Well, the $15 got you one small bowl of soup, a bowl of rice and 3 tiny shrimps-I can't call them prawns, even though they were advertised as such.
The seafood was done extremely poorly-overcooked and too chewy. If you want good seafood done right, go to places like Kirin or Sun Sui Wah. The chicken and steak were done well, but the portions were small. For almost $80 for just one dish and told by the waitress that it's more than enough for two people, I expect quality and quantity. They tried to trick you by cutting everything up in smalls pieces so that it's spread out over your plate. Push them back together and you'll see that there's not that much. Morton's or Gotham's definitely offer better value and food than this place.
As for the much ballyhooed show from the chef, we got to see a fire on the grill and the onion volcano...woohoo! Aside from that, he just cooked. To be fair, I guess whether you get entertained or not depends on what chef you get.
I would never go back. Even if they were charging half price for their stuff, you could never get me to go back. There are so many other wonderful restaurants in Vancouver that deserve the premium prices that they charge for their food-this is not one of them.
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