On this visit, some friends suggested that we go to try the special "Spice Market of NY" menu.
Now this is where it gets ridiculous. We were told by our very COLD, STUCK-UP waiter that if we wanted to do the special tasting menu that everyone must do it. What if someone in the party had an allergy ...too bad. As I didn't want to disappoint my friends we decided to do it.
Tasting menu ($68) 6 courses. Yes, it truly is a "Tasting" menu meaning bite size portions for all 6 courses.
Bread was not served, instead it was individual servings of pappadums served w/red curry dip (very creative)
1st Shaved Tuna - very creative, flavors worked well together BEST COURSE
2nd Chicken Samosa - 1 very small pc = 2 bites, solid chicken throughout, cilantro yoghurt dip was bland
3rd Black-pepper shrimp - 3 pcs, salty and peppery
4th Vietnamese Chicken Curry - leg and thigh w/bone-in, very salty and difficult to eat as it was served in clay-pot
5th Cod - presentation = 0 as the filet was broken and pieced together, the veg underneath was extremely salty
6th Ovaltine Kulfi - 2nd best course. The chocolate ganache was very smooth and creamy. It was a nice way to finish a mediocre SALTY dinner
Back to the service. Salty food means more water please!! With multiple staff (food runner, busser, server) serving us (party of 8), not 1 noticed empty water glasses for 2 courses until i finally said something. Even the empty cocktail glasses didn't get noticed for 20 mins. Lack of service does not justify the 18% AUTO GRAT at the end of our $800 cheque. Guaranteed grats should still be earned. Head server was quiet rude. Interrupting our conversations w/o a "pardon me" multiple times.
Value - Tasting menu was as expected for this type of restaurant. Small! There were also a lack of vegetables. Service was cold, uncomfortable and lacking. Auto-grat for parties of 6 or more does not mean they don't give us service.
As I am not one to hold my tongue when I have a bad experience...I decided to bite it as I did not want to embarrass my friends but I rather make this my 3rd and final visit here. There are so many better restaurants (for service and value) in Vancouver.
Now off to a good Pho Noodle restaurant as I was still hungry after my $100 per person meal and to take the salty flavors off my palate.