This restaurant is attached to a fabulous inn in spectacular surroundings. The dining room offers absorbing views of the Pacific, turf, rocks, islands, beach and a wide horizon. It is a beautiful setting to celebrate a great meal. We have had both dinners and brunches at the Pointe restaurant. We basically enjoyed this experience but must add that our high expectations were not fully met. Our issue is with the basic culinary philosophy of the restaurant. There is a tendency of trying too much, of being too different, too “original”. This is evident in the dinner and in the brunch menus. We would have preferred fewer combinations, simpler, straight forward dishes and more classical preparations (spare us the semi-cooked vegetables and the half-raw salmon). In a nutshell: the ingredients were all first class and of high quality, but refinement, taste and balance in preparation were wanting. Our advice to like-minded guests: go for the few very simple dishes, stay away from the combinations and ask the kitchen to cook the vegies. Service is friendly and cheerful, but excruciatingly slow. Even simple orders like a glass of wine or a croissant can take an eternity. It was evident that the slow service had a distinctly negative effect on other guest parties as well. For breakfast, setting up a buffet with a few of the common menu items would alleviate some of the service problems. Service would also profit from being more observant and attentive. The wine list, in contrast, is highly laudable, especially for its British Columbia offerings. So in the end, discriminating guests, making wise menu choices and being magnanimous about the time-lapse service, could have a pleasantly memorable experience.
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