On the search for real authentic food in Vancouver, I stumbled upon these reviews for Don Guacamoles, which sounded promising.
When we arrived at the restaurant, it was not what I had imagined in my head (perhaps ignorantly; a Cantina with sombreros and dried chiles decorating the walls), it was a sleek, modern-looking, typical Robson food joint.
It was busy when we got there at 6-ish on a Friday; we decided to sit outside rather than wait for a table inside.
Once seated, we were greeted with a spread of tortilla chips with fresh salsa, spicy red dip, milder guacaomle, and limes (complimentary, despite other reviews I've read). Along with that, for the six of us, the waitress brought along five side plates and four sets of cutlery.
Perhaps the waitress was new and there was a language barrier that made it more-so difficult, but even after the place settings were distributed with one clearly missing, and she had come by several times to check on us and deliver drinks, she still had not clued in until I finally had to ask her for a place-setting.
She came back a few moments later with a single plate, no utensils, which I had to ask for. She was also not very helpful in helping us decide what to get, none of us being mexican.
We ordered Nachos as a starter along with our entrees. Because we were outside, it was getting quite chilly as the sun started to set. This was made more uncomfortable by the fact that our food took quite awhile to start arriving; and not all at once I might add. Plus the fact that the Nachos came LAST, after all our entress had been long devoured.
All in all, the service that night was quite poor (though personally I give the benefit of the doubt to the waitress being new); made worse by the fact all of us were freezing our butts off, imagining our hot, oozing, cheesy, meaty food we were about to have.
When it finally came, it did not disappoint. Everything was fresh and delicious. No mystery-meat, suspicous-looking ground beef, or KRAFT shredded cheddar cheese here. Though the food was outstanding, the service will make my friends and I think twice before deciding to go there again.