Raincity Grill is located in the heart of the West End next to English Bay and is dedicated to using local ingredients and produce to define its Pacific Northwest menu. They also have a takeout gourmet fish & chips window.
A bunch of friends and myself went to Raincity Grill for brunch today after the Sun Run. We were probably a younger clientale then what the people there usually expect, but the staff there treated us with the same amount of respect as others. I really applaud them on that, as I've have been to places where the service towards younger people is so condescending and they look at you like you can't pay for the food you're ordering. Bravo!
As we were there for brunch, but really we ordered off the main lunch menu. I had the chicken breast and it was moist and not dry and everything on the dish seemed to fit in. The only complaint I had with my dish were the leeks, which were a bit stringy. We had basically ordered all the entrees off the lunch section of the menu and I thought that the each one was done fairly well. I was the only one that ordered dessert-everyone else was full-it was a cheesecake with a pear sorbet and a cherry caramel sauce with some additional granola pieces to go along with it. The texture of the cheesecake was very soft and smooth, probably not Philadephia Cream Cheese, it was a pleasant change from the super sweet cheesecakes. The sorbet was refreshing and had a distinct taste of pear in it. Some very minor problems, but overall good food.
Service was impeccable. Our server, I believe his name was Douglas, had such a friendly attitude and joked around with us quite a bit. He definately knew the food they were serving, as we had an abundance of questions about what certain things were on the menu. Water was refilled often and and removal of plates was done carefully. The atmosphere was really relaxed and we all had a great time enjoying a nice meal and talking and laughing. Only thing might have been the door right beside us, which when opened let in a draft of cool air to where we were sitting.
Definitely going to come back for another round of food sometime.
At a friend's recommendation, I brought three Japanese friends out of the rain for a good dinner earlier this week. We had been out touring all day and I felt a bit embarassed as we entered, a little wet and somewhat under-dressed (most of the clientele were in business attire that evening, and we in shorts and polo shirts).
And yet, not once did the staff make us feel self-conscious. In fact, we were treated to a deliciously wonderful dinner. Yes, it's on the expensive side, but it is very much worth it.
I talked the chef into allowing me to have the tomato puree from his tasting course (as I didn't want the entire course). Never have I had a tomato soup quite like that.
And when I asked after something special yet non-alcoholic for my friends, the bartender threw together a delicious mixture of fruit juices that had them singing his praises and asking me to get a recipe.
I also had a tagine, made with chick peas and figs, and frankly, I was tempted to ask after the recipe for that, too. Delicious!
Arrived to a crowded restaurant but were quickly seated. Our server came and was very attentive despite the full tables. We tried the duck broth and the tartare, both were good, but the tartare stood out more. Had the Lamb and Salmon for entrees, both were well cooked, but don't expect an actual cut of lamb (I think it is a confit of lamb shoulder?) more like a formed "patty". The desserts we tried were both amazing (I had the Pot de creme and he had the textured chocolate cake). Very good. Overall, well worth the visit. Might come back for a romantic dinner again.
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