Went out with hubby to check out the burgers.
At first, I was less than impressed by the service. It was a Thursday evening, the restaurant was about 1/2 full and we asked for a table by the window. The hostess took us to the inside window. We asked to be seated on the enclosed patio so we would have a view of the river and walkway (albeit, a rainy view). She brought us to the enclosed patio and sat us on a small table away from the window. I indicated which table I wanted (right beside the window). She replied, "That's a table for four, it's just a policy that we reserve those tables for parties of four." and walked away.
I reluctantly sat at the less desirable table. I noted that there was a two-person party at one of the window seats. I also noted that there were more than five (5) empty tables for four in the restaurant, as well as a few others who looked like they would be finishing and leaving in the next 10 to 15 minutes. There was absolutely NO REASON to sit us at a less desirable table on a rainy Thursday evening when the restaurant was not busy.
Thankfully, our waitress (a different individual from the hostess) was gracious when we advised her that we were moving ourselves to the better table, politely indicating that other parties of two were allowed to sit at these tables and that there were PLENTY of empty tables for other patrons should they wish to venture in. She had no problem at all with this and helped us move over. She was an excellent server throughout the evening. Quite frankly, she is the reason that I gave the service three stars - I would have given two stars or less otherwise.
The burgers were okay/good. I ordered the short rib burger. As there was no photo on the menu at the restaurant, I thought it would be braised short ribs INSTEAD of a regular burger patty. It came as a regular burger patty with a touch of braised short ribs on top, like a condiment. The burger itself was a tad bland, but good texture. It was $12 and was not accompanied by any sides.
My husband splurged on the Kobe burger. It was tasty enough (with an excellent demi-glaze sauce), but I thought the price waaaaaay too steep at $20 (and it also came with no sides).
We ordered fries ($4) with two dipping sauces ($0.60 each). The dill one was bland. The chipotle one was better. I wonder if I can order some demi-glaze as a dipping sauce. That would have been delicious.
The 1/2 pitchers of beer were nice and reasonably priced. I might have liked a better on tap selection.
Hubby wants to go again to try a regular burger (with tomato and lettuce). I would order one of their fancy burgers again, but have some tomato and lettuce added to freshen it up a bit. Hubby is looking forward to returning. I'm a little neutral on the matter.
BTW - hubby and I were dining as a couple this evening, but the East Fraserlands is a FAMILY NEIGHBOURHOOD and there were many families with young childen there (including babies and todllers). If you don't like kids - go to a pub which does not admit minors and enjoy your meal there.