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Overlooking the Pacific Ocean and North Shore Mountains, the Brock House Restaurant, ideally situated on Jericho Beach, combines elegance and charm with breathtaking views. The exceptional West Coast cuisine, warm and professional service and amazing seaside location help create a perfect venue for any occasion.
The place looks like it hasn't changed in many years, however, it seems well-maintained so it has a very nice, quaint old "inn" character. Not like Yaletown at all.
Friday night, only 3 tables present. Usually doesn't bode well in Vancouver. Fortunately, it seems just a matter of being an under-rated, hidden delight. Service was very good. Lacks compared to top restaurant, but I prefer not to be constantly watched & monitored.
Breads would've have been perfect with a few more minutes in the oven.
Starters: prawn cocktail, stuffed mushroom tops & smoked salmon with fried wonton crisps. (All ~$10-12). All very well done. Perfect for a starter as none were too heavy, greasy or strong tasting.
A reasonable selection of soups & salad. Odd that 2 of the salad's seem identical except for the dressing, but otherwise, no complaints. Nice light dressing with a nice selection of greens. Had also the soup of the day (carrot & ginger), which was promising but fell short for being too heavy on the ginger, light on the carrot & slightly too thick. Nice nonetheless.
Mains are about $20-30. The lamb chops (really sliced up rack) was almost perfect, if the nut-crust hadn't overwhelmed the flavour of the lamb. The vegetables & mash potatoes were done to absolute perfection (even by Chinese standards). Black cod was again, almost perfect. Outside was slightly too salty but was otherwise as close to perfect as you could expect.
Dessert? We shared a selection of 4. Again, very competent. Still no wow though.
I've no doubts about the technical skills in the kitchen, what is lacking is a little bit of creativity, that "punch" to make me really sit up & take notice. However, no regrets here. Solid, comfortable food that is excellently prepared with PROPER portion sizes (even with all we ate, we were satisfied, not bloated. And nothing was very greasy).
Definitely worth a 1st try if you're willing to spring for a slightly special occasion.
Had a party there at the beginning of the month and it was one night to remember. The ambiance was perfection - I can definitely see why BH won best venue for weddings! The old-school decor really does add to the charm of the restaurant. I'm actually glad they haven't renovated much.
Our party had the entire main floor, and though the layout at first seemed confusing, it really worked for the night. The dining room was nicely lit and romantic, the buffet room and dessert room was out of the way so a table's conversion wasn't disrupted by a "food line-up". This was the first time I have seen round-tables for buffet, instead of the usual straight-line set-up. It was a nice change - little stations for different courses.
Service was excellent. All the staff was very professional and courteous through-out the evening.
This is an A+ choice for that special event.
When I was younger, probably 10-12 yrs old, I used to love coming here. The food is always good and I like it how it looks like we're inside a huge house.
Now in my early 20's, I'm impressed how nothing has changed at all. On Christmas 2005, my family and cousins came here for Xmas buffet and I was very happy that everything tasted so good. You know how it's hard to find a buffet that serves everything u like but we found it! There wasn't a huge variety of food but enough to stuff us up.
I will definitely plan on coming here for Xmas 2008.
My last visit was the month they opened some 33 years ago. I remember it quite well as they had not yet been granted a liquor licence. I have wanted to return many times over the years but for a variety of reasons, never made it.
It would appear I have missed very little.
The Brock House from what I can ascertain has largely become a facility dedicated primatily to catering special affairs such as weddings. Whille you absolutley cannot argue with it having one of the nicest settings on the water in the lower mainland, that is not enough to cut it, at least for dinner.
The "dining room" is ostensibly an area not being used at the time for a special event. This evening it was "set up" on the ground floor. Tables were lined up by the window. No decor to speak of and areas were draped in curtains to hide service areas. Staff sat in the bar area. It was a Sat night and there may have 5 or 6 tables occupied. Apparently the area designated fthe dining room moves around the Brock House dependent upon the size of the special event.
The bread served was I am absoultely sure brown and serve rolls & would expect they go through a few trays of these each week. To me, that set the tone of the evening and had "catering written all over it."
Service was fine and our waiter knowledgable, pleasant and I suspect has a long tenure with them.. Food presentation was well done and a good variety of seasonal vegetables accompanied each main course. Mains were ample size and generally well received, although the blackened cod was not presented in that fashion to my thinking.
Perhaps with some interior ambience the place would pass muster, but I will not be returning .
Used to be decent 30 years ago..washrooms were dirty..Asked our waiter to avoid onions on my 6 course tasting meal. My bruschetta and pasta had plenty of both.I asked him what happened to the heads up on the onions..he apologised and said kitchen missed it..then brought me some French fries that could have been Mcain shoestring fries..not homemade..Steak was rubbery and about 4 ounces lol..that's about 2 more ounces that the Chocolate mouse for desert. Danny Wong has let his mediocre standards drop so low we will never be back..too bad..nice location..horrid food.
I was fooled by the other reviews here. It's not that great. I took my gf here on Valentines Day and it was mostly empty. Another young couple came in, saw how empty it was, and left.
Food is distinctly average. Quite over the top as they attempt to be really flash and create a fine dining experience. But it's kind of ruined by the chinese chefs speaking really loudly in the kitchen and then coming out into the entrance way to empty the garbage. The house itself is really nice though.
Nothing really good to say about the food. They try but really they don't try hard enough in some areas and too much in others.... eg:
- Shrimp cocktail tastes like nothing - appears to be frozen shrimp from the supermarket.
- I got a salad but it tasted ok but came in a stupid twisty cone thing that didn't look impressive... the queen would probably laugh at it.
We chose this restaurant to celebrate a special anniversary and we were glad that we did. You can tell that their reputation is worthy and that their staff are experienced and more than just some "cook in the kitchen" or some "guy in a suit". They make you feel welcomed here and take the time to serve you right.
All the food was excellent and done just right. The vegetables were el dente perfect - not too soft not too hard or crunchy. The presentation was also wonderful, especially having the salad (including the dressing) made table side.
With the view, the atmosphere and the service, it is no wonder why so many choose to have their weddings here as well as other special occasions.
My wife and I are wedding photographers, and we've been there for so many many times. Consistently, we've been experiencing the same poor, very poor service!!! This review is totally about the service but not the food.
In order to provide an objective review, I'll give my comment in 3 different perspectives.
1. As vendors:
A vendor's meal will be provided to all vendors in a separate room if vendors do not seat with other guests together. While the new couple, wedding party, all other guests are having their bread, soup, and salad, nothing is served for the vendors. "Nothing" means really nothing, no bread nor even a glass of water. Even you ask, or the new couples ask, absolutely nothing will be served. Until the entree being served, usually will be at least 9pm to 9:30pm, then the vendor's meal, which is in the size of a kid's meal portion of vegetable pasta, will be served. Sometimes, when the vendor's meal is served or before then, some vendors were gone already.
2. As regular guests:
All servers are professionally trained for carrying out their basic duty. That is, to serve food and collect empty/used plates as fast as they could. Sometimes when they accidentally kicked or hit on guest chairs with guests sitting on, no "sorry" nor "excuse me" will be heard. Moreover, when some guests (including the parents and family members of the new couples) wanted to get up and go to bathroom or something, they have to yield the way to servers because servers won't stop or pause for whatever they're doing.
3. As new couples:
I thought the servers only being inconsiderate to guests and vendors but actually and surprisingly not. When new couples are doing their first dance, hard working servers still work brainlessly or like programmed robots, walking thru the dance floor to and from with bus pans and trays with used plates as if they didn't see the new couples are dancing in front of them.
The term "inconsiderate" is actually too mild to describe the scenario, "rude" and "uncivilized" might be more suitable. Not only us, many of other vendors who we know have been experiencing the same. If you are a couple considering Brock House as your wedding banquet venue, only if you would like to upset your guests and vendors as well as yourselves, you may please reconsider and find somewhere else.
(Too bad, the minimum rating is at least 1 star. Can I go for minus 10?)
Went for V-day with the bf. I had decently high expectations of it since it was such a fancy restaurant and had good reviews, but it was really only standard. I had a NY steak for $27 - I felt the sides were lacking and that I could've had the same meal at another restaurant for $18.
Bf had the mango halibut which didn't seem to meld the flavours together very well. Halibut was like a soggy fried fish filet, not much flavour. I was really disappointed with the herb & mushroom "risotto". Maybe I'm wrong, but it was way more like rice than risotto (I've had risotto before).
The carrot ginger soup starter was pretty interesting, but not for the $7 price tag for the amount given. I'm not trying to be cheap, I'm not expecting the best deal in town, but it was practically only 2/3 of a cup.
Won't be going again. Not to mention it was nighttime when we went so there was no view (I guess that's our own fault).
Boyfriend and I went here tonight to celebrate valentines. we went a day earlier because we knew it would be busy on the night of valentines. we made reservations for 6:30 but arrived an hour earlier. the gentleman happily greeted us and told us it was ok. since it was early we got to choose our table, we choose a table at the corner and we were able to watch the sun go down. it was unbelievably breathtaking.
we each got a soup of our own, bf got white seafood clam chowder. interesting how they made it, they added a puff pastry on top. for myself i got butternut squash. both were equally yummy. for our entree bf got rack of lamb whereas i got the duck l'orange. the lamb is so moist and flavourful! and my duck was just as good. oh the bread they give you is so darn good! i think they add dill to it...since it was so good we had to get refills! i normally dont eat bread cause their fillers but i just had to.
as for service two thumbs up! we would def come back for the view and food. btw our bill came up to only $60 including tax, our server graciously accepted our entertainment coupon. not bad for a fancy restaurant eh?