A Western-style restaurant at the Best Western hotel, beside the Bobby G's pub.
Mrs. C and I went with some friends to check out the DOV menu at the Highlander. The restaurant was comfortable and slightly upscale for a hotel/motel restaurant. We were seated in the crowded room and prepared for a big meal. We started with a tasty corn chowder, followed for most of us by prime rib, except for one contrarian at our table who had Coho salmon, and for dessert crème brulé or chocolate lava cake.
The prime rib was a generous portion and was cooked properly and well-presented. I got a dodgy Yorkshire pudding, but the other diners all got nice ones. A little more than a tablespoon of potato would have been welcome, but I guess they wanted to make the meat look bigger. The fish was reported to be a little overcooked, but otherwise okay. The desserts were a mixed bag: The crème brulé tasted burnt (?) but the chocolate lava cake was lavalicious and chocolaty.
The service was extremely slow, but when the server appeared she did a good job. The whole place was clean and the w/c was acceptable.
Overall an adequate but not outstanding experience.
My gf and I went to Highlander for DOV. After spending some time researching where the place was, it wasn't too hard to find (basically, right across from Costco on Bridgeport). When we got there, one of the servers said we didn't have a reservation, even though we made one days earlier, but we seated right away in the middle of the restaurant.
Food: I had the Lobster Bisque, Prime Rib, and the Chocolate Cake, while my gf had the Prawns, Stuffed Trout, and the Tiramisu (which I tried a portion of each). The Lobster Bisque was good, kinda thick, with a tomato taste. I'm not sure what Lobster Bisque is suppose be like, since it was my first time having it. The Prawn I had was good too, a slight Thai Curry taste, but sweet as well. The Prime Rib was Terrific, good portion size, great taste and cooked right, served with soft mash potatoes, and an assortment of vegies. The trout wasn't as good but pretty decent, the combination of trout and lobster taste worked really well. However, my gf reported bones in the piece that she had, so beware. The Chocolate Cake was one of the best I've had, it was brownie-fudge-brownie-fudge, with raspberry sauce and strawberry whip cream. Overall, if I rated my gf's food too it would be a 4.5/5. But everything I ordered was great, so 5/5
Service: The restaurant itself is quite small, and there were servers running between the kitchen and pub, so most of the time, a server was in sight to help with anything we needed. But a lot of the time I felt a little ignored by them. I dunno if they wanted to give us more privacy or whatever, but twice we had finished plates and servers would walk by, glance, and keep walking. But overall, the servers were all very nice, the water was always refilled and there were quality checks. 4/5
Value: What can I say? $28 dollars for 3 great courses. 5/5
Ambiance: The restaurant has its charms. It was dimly lit with nice classical music in the background. The decor was a little old fashion for my liking, but it is a restaurant inside an inn. It plays along nicely with the theme on the outside of the inn. Its unfortunate that they had so many tables set up in such a small space. our table was too close to the others, and their louder conversation ruined part of the mood for us. Really a 3.5/5, but I'm still enchanted by the food, so 4/5.
Wife and I decided to dine at Highlander for NYE as the food has been spectacular in the past. The menu consisted of 5 courses and included champagne for $45. In order, I had Lobster Pumpkin Bisque, Seabass in a Mango Puree, Lemon Sorbet, Duck with scoop of Sweet Potato green beans and carrots, followed by Mango Berry Cheesecake. Wife had Prawns, Seabass in Mango Puree, Lemon Sorbet, Lamb Shank with risotto and Creme Caramel for dessert. We were both disappointed with the menu and felt the 5 courses weren't worth $45. My highlight was the bisque as the seabass portion was tiny as was the sorbet. Never had duck before so can't compare and the cheesecake was still frozen. Wife's highlights were the prawns and again tiny portions for seabass and sorbet, while the lamb shank (although fall off the bone) and creme caramel had no flavour. All in all including the champagne total value should've been $30 each.
Lesson learned, no more set menu at Highlander. Will we come back. Probably but not for a long time.
Also it appears there is a new chef which may reflect on some of the above, although I cannot verify this.
Highlander Restaurant is a little hidden gem for great steaks in Richmond. This is our second time visiting as we are Entertainment book users. My gf and I feel that this place offer good value for the dollar paid compare to other chain restaurants in the area.
The prime rib is probably one of the best I've had in Richmond. The portion is about 6-8oz, serves with a Yorkshire pudding, veggies and potatoes all for $25!! We always like our steak medium rare, therefore the steak comes out a bit red, which is exactly how we like it. The steak is juicy and tender, it doesn't really require any gravy to pair with it. In fact, compare to other places, the taste of the food is on the lighter side. We think that is great because good beef need very little seasonings. The gravy doesn't taste salty or too strong, therefore it enhances the flavors of the steak.
The dessert on the other hand, is more disappointing. Otherwise I would give a 5 for food. We order the cheesecake, lava cake and cream brule. The cheesecake has no cheese flavors, it tastes like jello. Our server explains that it is made out of gelatin, it is different the "classic" cheesecake elsewhere. Since I am not expert in cheesecake, that explanation is... acceptable. The lava cake tastes like a double-chocolate muffin with chocolate cream on it. This is simply bad. The cream brule is very sweet, we think that sweetness should be able to make 2 extra cream brule orders.
We have extremely polite and attentive server. She hears our complains and willing to take off the desserts from our bill. I guess she is a paying more attention to the hockey game (Go Canada Go!!), she only removes 2 desserts from the bill. Since she takes the gesture to remove the 2, we never bother to have her remove the 3rd one and rather we pay her a bigger tip.
We find extremely good value eating at this place as the food is simply excellent and servers are attentive. Even it has a bar/pub next-door (it's part of a hotel), the environment is still quiet. We really like the ambiance of the place.
Other than the dessert, Highlander is now on our frequent visit list for steak.
Came by the Highlander restaurant as friends were staying in the Best Western Abercorn inn, surprisingly, what a pleasant experience we’ve had!
The restaurant has a charming feel to it; the light jazz music playing in the background certainly adds flair to the dining experience.
The server was friendly and lively, we have seated in the pub area where the ESPN was on so my husband – D can check the score of his favorite team.
We started with its famous English style clam chowder; it was hearty, rich and creamy.
Follow by the pork schnitzel for my meal; it was flavorful, well seasoned and paired perfectly with its lemon butter sauce. D had his favorite – prime rib, it was juicy and tender, just the way he likes it. Finally, we shared a Crème brûlée, as we were both too full to have one on our own. It was the perfect ending to our meal; I will for sure come back again!
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