It is so sad to see what's taking place here. Let's face it, the Sonoma Grill hasn't been very good for at least 5 years... Michael tried, but still the food and the service lacked. My husband and I have been supporting this place since we moved to Langley from South Surrey. Langley sorely lacks real restaurants. (Not chains) Now however, it's past the point of even being mediocre. The service has never been particularly outstanding, THe food, not over the top... However since this new owner bought it, it has been not worth it at all. My God, my husband ordered the prawn and scallop pasta, and it came with 10 scortched toothpicks standing up in the middle of the plate! I should have taken a picture of this! Can you see the plate now? Not a great looking (or tasting) pasta to begin with, and then blackened shrivelled toothpicks standing up in a group in the middle of the plate? My husband thought it must be for holding the plastic wrap away from the pasta when microwaving lol.
I had the mussels with fennel. Not very good now. They used to be one of the best things on the menu when Michael owned it, but not anymore. Hubby had the seafood fritter to start, and it's not too bad, as I'm positive they're not freshly made. So these frozen croquettes are thrown into oil and served. One of the best things on the menu now I think. I had schnitzel the last time we were unfortunate enough to go, so I was not going to have that again. I thought I'd go for the prime rib special. I asked for it medium rare, and it came well done. It took an hour and a half for that to arrive, so no way was I about to send it back. It was almost like there was a group of 16 year olds in that kitchen... Very sad. Obviously this new owner doesn 't give a crap. I doubt he has a lot of experience in the restaurant business... because with the internet, etc, word gets around very very fast.
I also have to acknowledge the lady that works on that street. I feel as heartbroken as you are. What a waste of a beautiful space there...
So in summary, save your money. Go somewhere else.