We had an Entertainment coupon that indicated one diner could get a free entrée (up to $22 in value) when the second diner bought an equally or higher priced entrée. Having never eaten at Horizons before (but having wanted to for a long time) we finally decided to go last Friday night.
First off, even though they knew when I made the reservations that we were coming with a coupon, they gave us excellent seats with a beautiful view of lights of Vancouver. That was wonderful.
We then opened our menus to find that there was only one entrée priced at or below $22 (the gnocchettini); all the other entrées started at $28 and worked their way up from there. The real shame was that they had a tasting menu for $30, but the coupon couldn't be applied to it.
I ordered the duck, and my partner ordered the short ribs.
The meat of the duck was tender, but the fat had not been scored, so there was a slightly unpleasant chewiness to it, instead of a crispy texture that I had been expecting. The duck was served with sweet potatoes (inexplicably called yams) which were described on the menu as caramelized, but I could find no evidence of caramelization in their presentation or their taste. They were well-cooked. There was also a mixture of vegetables, including carrots, green beans, red pepper and zucchini. The carrots, red pepper and green beans were well-cooked, but the zucchini was on the hard side, and was also tasteless. Lastly, there was half of an apple, peeled and stuffed with a spiced apple stuffing. This was the most under-cooked of the side-dishes and it was too heavily spiced, especially when contrasting it to the perfectly spiced richness of the sauce the duck was served with.
The short ribs were incredibly tender and served in a delicious sauce. My partner let me taste them and they were perfect. But he complained about the sides. He got the same vegetable medley as I did, and had the same comment about the zucchini. He also had a mound of Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, but he said they were bland, and needed something more to stand up to the richness of the sauce on the short ribs.
Throughout the meal, our service was excellent, even though it was clear that we were doing our best to stay on a budget. The waiter was attentive and kind, and I appreciated that. So much so that I calculated the tip based on the bill total prior to the coupon's discount.
The funny thing is that once you eat here, they give you another coupon for that exact same deal (to be used within sixty days), so we might be back, even though I promised my partner that I would treat him to a tasting menu in December when we had more money in the bank. Because yes, in spite of the minor food issues, I think we want to come back when we can more fully experience what this restaurant has to offer.