Spent the day cruising the river on a friends boat when the knock of hunger echoed across bow. The only place east of the Port Mann Bridge to tie up and grab a bite was The Gillnetter Pub, where I had been for an enjoyable Sunday Brunch a couple of years ago.
We tied up to their private dock, how cool is that, and 4 of us de-boated.....if you de plane do you de boat?
After a short wait we were seated on the patio. The place was hopping for a sunny late Thursday afternoon.
We decided we would devour the appy menu.
1 order of salt and pepper wings with a ranch dip on the side.
They arrived with no salt, no pepper and no ranch dressing.
At best they were average
1 order of dry ribs.
They were coated in some vile lemon powder. Not sure if they fell into a bowl of jello mix but these were at very best disgusting.
1 order of garlic prawns
Tiny prawns curled up in a bath of garlic butter that had the texture of a pencil eraser.
1 order onion rings.
Right out of the bag from the freezer, into the deep fryer, and to the table.
By far and away the best item we had.
1 order veggie spring rolls
Oil soaked tubes of mushy veggies. Again. from the freezer to the deep fryer. Disgusting sponges of oil.
1 order calamari
Lifeless flavourless ho hum nothing to write home about
1 order chicken flatbread.
The first thing that came to everyone's mind was... store bought frozen pizza.
1 order of souvlaki skewers.
2 skewers of burnt chewy eraser type substance. When they arrived I commented that they were burnt and the server giggled "yup they are kinda". Seriously.......you saw they were burnt when you picked them up. You saw they were burnt when you put them down on our table. We commented they were burnt. You commented they were burnt and you just left the there for us to enjoy.
$100 later we jumped back on the boat and sped away........If only the boat could have gone away from this place faster.
On the bright side the beer store has an excellent selection and the pubs washrooms were very clean.