Neighbourhood fine dining restaurant in Morgan Creek
We had walked by this restaurant in the summer and the manager invited us in to have a look. He also gave us a couple of menus to take with us.
We returned on Friday night for dinner. The menu had changed from the menu that we picked up in the summer, sauces and garnishes were different from the menu we had looked at. They have 7 items on the tapas menu, 4 salads and 6 entrees plus a couple of daily specials. Your options are really limited. When we were there the computer system went down and consequently the kitchen was backed up causing a slight delay in the delivery of the meals (really very inconsequential). To start we shared a caesar salad and garlic cheese bread (additional cost for the bread). They were both very good. While we were eating the salads we were told that the entrees were ready and did we want them right away or should they be kept warm. I had ordered a filet with shiitake peppercorn cream and I asked if it would still be rare. I was assured that it would be as it would just be kept warm and wouldn't continue cooking. Not so. When I received the steak it was medium. They were very gracious about providing me with another steak and they even went so far as to comp my meal and give us a free dessert. My husband ordered a bone in rib eye and while it was very good I felt the price of $35.00 was a bit on the high side. The entrees were very good, not exceptional but very good. For dessert we shared a creme brulee.
Our server was very good about returning my entree but he removed my husband's dinner dish when I wasn't even half way through my dinner and in a move that really irked me brought over the dessert menu and began discussing dessert with my husband while I was still eating dinner. HELLO!! The ambiance is very nice. It is not too loud. They were extremely gracious in not charging us for my entree or dessert but one thing I absolutely detest when I'm out for a nice dinner is the feeling that I'm being rushed and having the dessert menu presented and being discussed with my table companion while I'm still eating will definitely makes me feel rushed. As I mentioned they only have 6 entrees on their menu so there are not a lot of options.
I don't know whether I would return or not. If hubby or friends suggested it I would probably go back but I don't think i would suggest it on my own.
Tap is Surrey's answer to downtown Vancouver dining, without the commute.
Located in a strip mall in south Surrey, the location is actually quite intimate for dinner. What you are going to receive are good size portions, excellent quality & downtown Vancouver pricing. They do a good corporate lunch trade as well. Excellent wine list & an informed chef/owner.
On a recent visit, I enjoyed the steak. Cooked to perfection. They also do a nice lobster bisque, Salt Spring mussels and a very innovative version of a Caesar salad, using a whole Romaine heart.
A good choice if you are looking for a nice place for a special evening out.
We used to eat here once a week until the last time. There were 3 of us having dinner. Two of us ordered the same thing...the filet mignon, medium rare. We got our meals and the other guys filet was perfect. Nice, thick and medium rare to perfection. Mine was thin and well done. I took one bite and complained it was too done and that it was nothing like the other guys. The chef actually fought me on it. He took mine away and came back with a new one and somewhat lectured me on how he cooks his meats. I told him that mine was not like the other guys. About 3 minutes after giving me the new steak, he came back and asked if I needed it cooked more. It was again overcooked, so my comment was "MORE?" Ilater learned that the chef was one of the owners. Why go back if the owner is treating his unhappy customers like this? I wanted to write a letter, but I figured they wouldn't care anyway. We have not been back in 3 years. It's too bad because I do believe they have tasty food. I can't say I like their fake fireplaces at the table. Tacky.
We went there about a month ago and it just does not make sense. We were seated on the patio by these white neon boxes that attract a tone of bugs. The prices are that of a fine dining restaurant and the food had to many flavours going on at once. Our server was pretty good. Friendly and laid back. It will be awhile before we try it again.
Generally we go downtown to dine, but after dining at Tap it has shown us that there are fabulous restaurants in the suburbs. Our server was very sweet and knowledgeable about the food. For appies, we shared the Caesar salad and prawns and scallops; both delicious and prepared with care. I have a wheat allergy so they suggested the wild mushroom risotto with prawns for my entree.....so good! The owner was very knowledgeable about wine and talked to us at length about his wine philosophy. We will be back!
My girlfriend (who is in the restaurant business) and I, went here for lunch. It is an intimately set, upscale restaurant and we experienced service that was exceptional, however... While the lobster bisque and the ceaser salad were very good, when our pasta came we were both dismally disappointed. Our waiter had told us it was a seafood and basil based pasta however when it came, it reminded us of mac and cheese with butter and ketchup. When asked our opinion, we were truthful in saying it wasn't what we expected and though the waiter did everything right, eg. apologize, offer to adjust the bill etc, the cook/owner came to our table . This is where it went downhill. In a manner that was more threatening than complacent, he stated that he understood that we didn't like how he prepared our food. Then he waited for an explanation... If that wasn't condescending enough, after we paid our bill (with my friends' 40% ..guilt tip), we went to the bathroom. At that time, I overheard a conversation between two men from the open kitchen, spoken in a mocking tone and with snide laughter, "Thank-you ladies for your most positive and tactful comments. Now please go and enjoy the rest of your day in the pouring rain." Wow, very surprising behavior from an owner!
My wife and I live in White Rock, but spend the majority of our time downtown Vancouver for work so generally go out to eat while we are there. A friend told us about Tap and we were very excited to try out a fine dining restaurant close to home. Small and intimate - great ambiance. We went on a Wednesday night and there was live jazz! Turns out they have live music every Wednesday, it was great. I had the black truffle and portabello mushroom risotto with garlic scallops and it was the best risotto I have ever had! My wife had the braised short rib with root vegetables and some sort of earthy au jus/gravy, she loved it. Knowledgeable staff led us to a great bottle of wine to have with our meal. The owner came out to chat with us and even brought us a dessert on the house! We will definitely go back again.