I went to Henry's the first year they opened, on MacDonald St. It was kind of funky, lively, filled with ambiance. I don't recall the specifics of the food (we were in a large group) but overall value seemed good. I never did go back there.
This past week as I drove by King Ed & Oak I decided it may be neat to check them out for the second time, this time only my wife and I. I've known Henry's had moved to this new plaza location since I shop at the Safeway's regularly.
I'm going to skip the details and summarize our experience: NEVER AGAIN. The decor is reminiscent of a European restaurant in a small town. In the 70s. The menu, while looked promising, was much higher-priced than I recalled at their old location (when most mains were well under $20). The wait lady (family ?) was solemn, provided no sense of welcome nor enthusiasm whatsoever, described the specials to us as if it's her first day on the job. The appetizer smoked salmon salad was very mediocre with (canned ?) candied pecans, a tiny wedge of brie and what appeared to be belgian endive. $11 for that plate of mediocrity. My wife chose the grilled ahi tuna and I had the lamb ossobucco. Both were bland, uninspired, un-original and barely warm, on mis-matched plates. Both were priced in the mid $20's. Wife's glass of a run-of-the-mill BC white wine was $9. Even half way through dinner we were kicking ourselves for deciding to stay. So we rushed through dinner, skipped coffee and desserts, paid the bill ($70 before tips) and literally ran out of there.
I hate to even think what a stellar meal we could have had for about the same prices (table d'hote) at Salade de Fruits Cafe, the new Le Faux Bourgeois (excellent ambiance and good value, by the way), or even Pied-a-Terre.
I sure wish the proprietors of Henry's wake up and get their act together. We all know Vancouver is a VERY competitive city when it comes to dining. Charging the kind of prices they charge and to be compared against even modest competitors is un-thinkable.
Please ..... don't run Henry's like a budget Chinese restaurant. For your own sake, improve your service, ambiance and pricing practice and you just might make it another 6 months or so.
Thanks for reading.