2 friends and I decided to come to Pinky's for one of their birthdays this past summer. I heard great reviews previously through word-of-mouth and having worked at a Steakhouse (not to mention also in yaletown) before, I was going in with pretty high expectations, as most people would especially in this area of downtown.
Now although it was summertime, it was still freezing cold outside that night.. but we were told that there were heat lamps on the patio so we decided to sit outside, so we could be away from the noisy indoor crowd. I think we were better off sitting inside though because after a few minutes, the heat lamps got WAY too hot.. and i mean, we were breaking out a sweat and our faces were turning bright red kind of hot. When the server tried to adjust it, it was still really too hot.. I guess it's a good way to promote cold drinks? Thus 2 for the ambiance.
The food, was perhaps a little above average, i wouldn't say excellent because excellent food would be memorable and make me want to go back for more, but this wasn't it. I had ordered a 12 oz NewYork rare-mediumrare, which came with a side of tomato linguini. Along with the steak was this wasabi-horseradish tasting sauce, which i thought didn't compliment the steak and left a weird bitter aftertaste in my mouth. i'm much more of a simpleton when it comes to steak so i would've appreciated a classic demiglace type sauce instead..I probably should've asked before ordering, but the sauce that it comes with wasn't shown on the menu. so just a heads up.
My friends and I shared 2 appetizers - the crispy wok squid and the yam fries. Both were tasty but were way too small in portions for what they're priced.
For drinks I ordered something called the greyhound, if i remember correctly. All i remember is that it had fresh grapefruit juice in it, and a couple shots of vodka, although i could only taste a hint of vodka. i didn't order another one after the 1st one..
service was quick, and polite, pretty standard for a restaurant of this class, but not outstanding. Overall I would come back if i was invited to a dinner party here, but i would not go out of my way to return here unless i was really craving steaks and happened to be in the area.