Some recent reviewers have cited bad experiences at this restaurant, but I came away quite satisfied today after a late lunch. I was warmly greeted at the door and told to take whatever table I wanted. Within a minute of sitting down, I was given a menu and asked what I would like to drink. I ordered lemonade and it proved to be the most sour concoction I had ever tasted. So I requested a sweetener and received several types immediately. A couple of doses of raw sugar ensured that my drink became quite refreshing.
The menu had a variety of offerings, from spring pea soup to country pate and pickles for starters and salmon and charred roots to flatiron steak and French fries for main courses. I opted for a starter of beet root and goat cheese salad. It arrived quickly and was beautifully presented in an array of colors. Ingredients included pickled North Arm Farm beets, hazelnuts, goat cheese cannelloni, watercress and shaved radish. It was a good-sized portion (not huge but certainly not minuscule) and the various flavors and textures worked well together. Within a couple of minutes, the server returned to ensure that everything was all right.
I sat at the window and enjoyed looking out at passersby and English Bay. The interior decor was pleasant and the background music at a moderate enough level to be enjoyable.
It has been a couple of years since I have eaten dinner at this restaurant so I cannot comment on what to currently expect in the evening. In the past, I had very good dinners and service. But I can certainly recommend lunch, based on my experience today.
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