Went for Dine Out Vancouver with a few friends. It was everyone's first time at Raincity Grill. Of course a good location, right by the water. Cozy restaurant. Servers were knowledgeable and attentive, but reserved. When bringing each course they would describe what was in each dish and they kept came by multiple times to fill up wine and water glasses (just not particularly outgoing/friendly). We did appreciate that they allowed us over 2 hours for Dine Out.
To start I had the Butternut Squash Veloute (a creamy soup) that was nice with the thyme accents, just quite rich. Friends enjoyed the Stuffed Leg of Chicken and the Salmon Mosaic.
For the entree I had the Braised Beef and was expecting something very savoury and melt-in-your-mouth, however, the beef was bland and a little chewy. I felt it was more like a little pile of pulled boiled beef, wrapped in a cabbage leaf. The potato pave was pretty yummy, but they're potatoes, which I nearly always like. It's the meat that really makes the entree, and mine didn't. Sampled my friends' Pork (on risotto, very flavourful) and Salmon (with gnocchi and butternut squash, pretty good, lighter flavours).
Lastly I had the Hazelnut and Chocolate Delice with smoked milk ice cream. The chocolate delice was nice. The ice cream was interesting! It tasted of hickory and was odd on its own, but better when eaten with the the crushed hazelnuts and chocolate. The Anjou Pear dessert was quite nice as well.
We felt the serving sizes were very good for Dine Out-we were all pretty full at the end.
I expected to be more amazed by the food, and while the appy and dessert were pretty good (though nothing spectacular), I was quite disappointed with my main. So my experience of the food was just "decent," though most of my friends would rate it higher. (Take home message - skip the braised beef!)