The view from this restaurant is one of the best in Vancouver. The restaurant provides a very nice ambiance to enjoy it as well with fantastic interior design and woodwork.
But at the end of the day, this place is supposed to be a restaurant and that is where the bubble pops.
Extremely small portions of incredibly pretentious food that tastes bland and uninspired, all for an outrageous price. Appetizers are $16.00, main courses $40.00. Not worth 99 cents in my opinion.
We started with the Dungeoness crab appetizer. It was a pile of crab mixed with dill and cucumber and some kind of acid, maybe lemon. As you can tell from my description, none of the flavors in this dish complemented each other at all - each component just there on its own. Indeed, the sour component ruined what would have just been pleasant sweet crab. Very disappointing.
We tried another appetizer - a dish consisting of heirloom tomatoes with cheese and a tomato consomme. This was a very pedestrian dish at best and awful at worse. This was probably the best dish AND worst dish of the night. The tomatoes were very tasty. But, come on, they were just sliced raw tomatoes marinated in olive oil and salt. Seriously - $16.00 for that? Oh, sorry, did I say tomatoes? I meant ONE tomato. Actually, one HALF of a tomato. And the Consomme was DISGUSTING. It was like... like... severely watered down barely tomato water. There was some kind of vodka gel floating in it too. That just made it 10 times worse as a totally inappropriate flavor combination.
Now came the mains. First off... talk about stingy portions.
My companion ordered the Pacific Ling Cod. It wasn't bad. It sure as heck wasn't good though.
I ordered the salmon. It came with a salmon and pea cannelloni. And this is where The Observatory managed a first for me. They created a cannelloni that sucked. I love cannelloni, I have eaten it in restaurants and cafes, made fresh and microwaved, meat, seafood, vegetarian - cannelloni all across the country and I always like it. Till I tried this. This cannelloni was UTTERLY tasteless. I might as well have been eating paper. Couldn't even taste salt or pepper. I mean SHOCKINGLY tasteless, as in I don't know how someone can cook something so completely sterile so as to taste like nothing. How do you get salmon to taste like that? Quite the accomplishment.
The main part of my dish, a small piece of salmon was overcooked. It was also unsatisfying and totally forgettable. Afterward, my dining companion asked if I wanted anything else (i.e. dessert).
To which I replied "Yes. Food."
The only thing keeping them away form a one-star food rating is only because the food wasn't totally disgusting - I save the one star good rating for that.
The value was terrible too - definitely one star material. BUT... since dinner comes with a complimentary cable car trip - a $40.00 value by itself - I bumped it up one star. Considering the spectacular view and the mediocre food, I'd say that it is more like the cable car trip came with a free entree.
Save your money. Eat somewhere else. There is a cafeteria downstairs with fries and chicken strips and pizza. It's 1000 times better.