It was our first visit to the Heather since the renovations and I have to say it has a hint of identity crisis. The left side is authentic and intimate while the right side leaves you a little "wtf?".
We made reservations in knowing how busy the old location could get...so we arrive and are greeted with "ughhh, your reservation, ughhhh, yeah, what was your name again?"
Sure enough it wasn't taken down, they bluff their way through it and tell us they have a seat for us, no problem, we are taken past the bar (which is gorgeous) then to the right where there is apparently another room...we walk in and there is this single long long long table that is supposed to be this pseudo communal eating place for their patrons. Do you guys honestly think I want to be elbow to elbow with some WWE fan from calgary while I eat? I think this was a romantic idea on the owner's part gone bad.
Anyway, we order, the food was AMAZING, absolutely spot on. Pot pie rocked, bangers and mash were perfect and the service was spectacular, honestly some of the most attentive service I had had in a while but it all went down under BRIGHT flourescent lighting in a LOUD STERILE room with get this, plastic chairs to support us! It just doesn't make sense! Anyway, we stayed until they closed the kitchen and moved onto the shebeen.
Scotch flowed like water at that point, from what I can remember the bartender was knowledgeable and generous. He really put the icing on the cake for the evening.
In the end it was a solid night, the heather has gone through an evolution and the modern vancouver scene seems to have played a major part in some of it. That's really a shame. Still, I would recommend the location, the food and the pricing. It just sucks knowing you are going there having to endure a bad element.