No, not the buffet, the weather outside!
We were looking for a nice meal out, but our first and second choices were full up for Barrie-licious. Tattingers was most definitely not. Hmmm...should have been our first hint.
As we had never been, although I stayed in this hotel years ago for a week, we decided to give it a try.
The restaurant is located up a set of stairs from the main lobby of the Holiday Inn hotel.
It looks as though it has been renovated more recently than the hotel; there's a nice big fireplace, and there may have been a view if it had been daylight. Other than that, it is definitely unassuming. Seating is not particularly comfortable, nor is it upscale in any way.
We were somewhat shocked, therefore, to find the buffet running $26 per person, and the Barrielicious menu to be the same. As we were not interested in the Barrielicious menu, both of us went with the buffet.
It consisted of some sort of soup (we didn't try it), about half a dozen slightly differing types of leftover-pasta salad, some fresh salad alternatives (iceberg lettuce + the usual toppings, with salad dressing which you poured out of not well-maintained tall bottles...ewwww), 2-3 hot vegetables, an unnamed chicken dish, and prime rib and yorkshire puddings.
The prime rib was on the bone, and there was no one available to slice it, so you either hacked it up yourself (I'm no butcher) or helped yourself to other's leavings. I had a couple of pieces of leavings, my companion did his own hack job.
The chicken was quite nice, although we never could really figure out what it was; the prime rib was good, but for me the lack of an au jus took it down about 3 notches.
There were also about 3-4 desserts (various cakes) and some random bits of tired-looking fruit for dessert.
Our server was pleasant but kind of distracted; our initial drinks were not refilled and an after meal coffee was never offered (I had to ask).
For these prices, we would definitely not return. There are SO many other good restaurants in Barrie.
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