The waitresses were always in a hurry to be somewhere other than our table, we ordered drinks which never arrived, we suffered through a seemingly endless and unapologized-for wait for our orders, and were finally rewarded with indifferent dishes which tasted as if they had just been defrosted or poured out of a tin... and all of this in a restaurant with less than half of its tables occupied.
We finished nothing, went elsewhere for a snack/dessert, and will never return to Auntie Pesto's. Dine here at your own risk!
We popped in to the Oystercatcher Seafood Bar and Grill for a light bite and a drink on a recent trip to Salt Spring. There were three of us. We weren't hungry enough for a full lunch so we ordered a plate of guacamole and tortilla chips together with a goat cheese and garlic appetizer. Two of us ordered wine and one person chose a glass of beer. The appetizers were very good - especially the goat cheese and garlic plate which was great. Our server was very friendly and looked after us well without being intrusive. The seating was comfortable - we sat by a window and enjoyed the view of the harbour, boats and foot traffic. We had a very enjoyable afternoon at the Oystercatcher and would recommend it to anyone who finds themselves in Ganges.
Auntie Pesto's in Ganges on Salt Spring Island was highly recommended to us by the proprietor of our hotel/resort. Three of us went for dinner and were very surprised at the poor service and ambiance of the place. The seating they have chosen is very uncomfortable and the general feel of the place is stark and unwelcoming. One person ordered chili lime prawns that were okay but over seasoned. Two of us ordered beef stroganoff which was EXTREMELY disappointing - particularly for the inflated price! There was very little beef in the dish, the sauce was almost non-existent and too thick. It was like noodles with some canned cream of mushroom soup stirred in and very few extremely small pieces of beef for $23.00 each! Frankly we were outraged at what we got for the price and will never return to this establishment. We would definitely not recommend it.
I've been stopping by the Tree House Cafe at least once a spring/summer for the past several years and recommend it to anyone travelling BC's coastal waters and islands.
The burger is incredible - top 5 in my life, easy - and the other food I've tried here over the years is very tasty, too.
I don't mean to say anything bad about the staff with the 2-star Mediocre Service rating - just a warning that this place can be a victim of its own success on a warm, summer weekend night. They have limited space and the wait, both for a table *and* your food, can be a long time. The ever-changing floor staff does the best they can.
The ambience is the real star here: this has to be one of the best places to hang out and spend an evening in the country. Salt Spring Island is home to a disproportionate number of terrific musicians, and they take turns on an impressive nightly lineup from around May-September. The "inside" part of the restaurant is a wooden structure built around a tree, while outside in the courtyard extra tables are set up which about doubles their seating capacity. It's also steps from the picturesque harbour and marina.
Between sets, the staff collects a by-donation cover charge for the band; a once-per-visit deposit of between $5-20 into the pail is the norm.
It's sort of hard to write about the Tree House Cafe, since it's so unlike any other dining experience.
Just go there for a few hours one night and relax and enjoy it yourself.
Went for dinner with a few friends, good laughs and conversation but have since forgotten the food.
I ordered Pan Roasted Free Range Cowichan Chicken Breast, Green Peppercorn and Spinach Risotto,
Marsala Jus. Fancy names for plain food. The chicken was tender, cooked to perfection but altogether bland. The risotto was the same, cooked perfectly and nice, but I had forgotten all about it the next day. My wife got Filet of Alberta Beef,Wild Mushroom Duxelle and Foie Gras, Parsnip and New Potato Puree, Wilted Swiss Chard, Merlot Reduction. It was basically steak and potatoes. The steak was delicious, it actually melted in your mouth it was so tender. The meal was nice, but that's all it was. And for over $600 on our bill, we wanted to be blown away.