Submitted Saturday, April 21, 2012 - 5:17pm [Dine in]
We saw this restaurant on the news awhile back (profiling their stilton cheese cake) and always wanted to give it a try. Decided to dine on Wednesday night after work. We were greeted immediately and seated at a booth. The waiter was very attentive, taking our drink order while we reviewed the menu and bringing us the BEST bread and butter to start our meal with. Our food was delivered to us within 15-20 minutes. I ordered the fish and chips + a pint special. That night the 2 piece fish was tempura beer battered red snapper; OMG! the best fish I have ever had. This came with purple cabbage cole slaw, fries (or salad if you prefer) and the best tartar sauce. My partner had the lamb burger with stilton cheese and chipolte onion relish; he was raving about this burger through the entire meal. The meal, including one beer each, came to $43.00 + my $6.00 tip. The background music was pleasant, and the ambiance was enjoyable. My only complaint - put some better cushioning on the booth seats. Great job, we will be back. Too bad we didn't have room for dessert - next time.
Was this review helpful? 9 / 20 users found this review helpful.
Very disappointed with the food - not worth what we paid
Submitted Friday, January 14, 2011 - 8:20pm [Dine in]
We had a coupon and wanted to try the restaurant. There were two of us and we arrived around 6:00pm, on a Friday night, and were the only patrons in the restaurant. The ambiance is very nice, and we were seated near the window overlooking Government Street. We started with drinks; I had a lime margarita, my partner had a beer. The margarita (which cost about $7.00) was the worst I've ever had - it had a very strong lime cordial flavour. I told the waitress that the drink did not taste very good; she just laughed and said "yes, the bartented uses a very strong lime cordial". I decided to try a martini (which also cost about $7.00); it was okay but very small.
We started with fresh baked bread with butter which was very nice. We ordered the crispy calamari appetizer ($11.00) to start; it tasted okay but the calamari was unusually small pieces on top of a bed of lettuce (not enough for two people to share). Once we started eating our appetizer, we noticed fruit flies at our table (not a good sign). Our main meal arrived shortly after, and was quite a dissapointment. I ordered the mixed seafood grill ($31+) which consisted of salmon, halibut, scallops and tiger prawns. This came with fresh seasonal vegetables and a twice baked stuffed potatoe. My partner ordered the Barcelona Halibut ($27+) with Barcelona sauce and feta cheese; this also came with fresh seasonal vegetables and oven baked potatoes. The fresh seasonal vegetables consisted of one sprig of broccoli, a couple of julien carrots and some white vegetable that we have no idea what it was (tasted like a cross between and apple and turnip); my partner did not even eat his. My mixed seafood grill was over cooked (very dry fish) and the scallops (2) and tiger prawns (3) were on a skewer and drowning in lemon pepper. My partner's Barcelona Halibut was mushy and flavourless and could not taste the feta cheese (he did not even finish the meal). The meal ended up costing well over $100.00 plus $11.00 HST and the tip. By the time we left the restaurant at 7:00pm, there were only two other tables with partrons on a Friday night. Despite the food not being very good, the service was good and staff friendly. Needless to say, we will not be going back to this restaurant.
Was this review helpful? 8 / 16 users found this review helpful.