This location keeps changing restaurants. Most of them fail within a few months. Sadly, that is likely to be the case with the new one, which is misleadingly labeled Extraordinary Organics. After a so-so lunch with a friend, I returned to give it a second chance. Both times, I enjoyed tasty salads and lamentably un-tasty main courses.
The prices match the pretentious attitude and ambience. I've never understood why this is considered a place with a 'view'. It's true, it sits atop a cliff and you can see Mount Benson, but you have to look slightly upwards. If you look straight ahead or down, you see concrete and a bunch of industrial-looking buildings.
I was expecting a healthy-looking menu filled with fruits and vegetables. The menu features hamburgers and chili, though they talk about an Asian focus. I tried the "Malaysian" "burger in a bowl". I love the idea of being able to get a bun-less burger, since I rarely eat the buns. It works when the burger is beautifully made. In this case, the accompanying salad was very nice but the hamburger was severely overcooked, tough and leathery, and mainly tasted of salt and something like curry powder.
I came back for dinner -- a very expensive dinner, especially since I found most of it inedible. I have enjoyed Thai curries in Nanaimo, across North America, in Europe, England, Australia and Asia. Some were outstanding, some mediocre. This one reached the bottom of the scale, and made me even sadder that the lovely Sukkho Thai has closed. I gave up trying to order the prawn version because, even after extended consultations with the kitchen, the server could not confirm that the prawns were organic. She finally said they were "wild" but could not say where they were from. I had the "Thai curry" chicken instead. It tasted mostly of salt. There were a few strips of dried coconut but the expected aroma and flavour of coconut milk was missing. Given the potato and other ingredients, I am guessing they were aiming for a massaman-style curry, but the flavour and velvety texture weren't there.
Both times, I asked what ingredients were organic, and was told "we try to use as much organic as possible." No promises. Not even assurance that all the veggies are organic, let alone the meat and fish. When asked how much of our meals were organic, the servers seemed perplexed. Clearly "organic" is not the restaurant's priority, despite the title. The server looked surprised when I ordered freshly squeezed orange juice (it's on the menu). it tasted delicious, though I've no idea if the oranges were organic.
I can get a large glass of gorgeous, fresh organic OJ at Danforth Deli for a ridiculously low price (along with beautiful soups and other delights), I can enjoy a truly extraordinary meal at the Nest Bistro, Riso's, Bistro at Westwood Lake, Mon Petit Choux, and others. They usually cost less, even if you order wine and dessert (I had neither).
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