It was for nostalgia reasons we chose to visit this large emporium of a restaurant located steps from Cleveland dam. I had eaten here many times as a child and young adult, as it was a favourite of my parents'.
The place seats over 200 people, but on a Tuesday night, there were perhaps 40 -50 diners. They do a lot of parties, and the summer tourist business helps them through.
But I doubt the locals keep coming back very regularly. Main reason for this is there has been no updating of decor, menu, or service in decades. The only thing that changes are the prices, and even these have crept up only slowly.
A whole duck, deboned and served over snow peas- $21.95. Well, a barbecue duck costs $16 at the Asian supermarket, and food cost is supposed to account for at most 40% of selling price. another example- a creditable VQA BC white wine runs $25. At the wine store it is $15-17.
So, an incredible deal- absolutely! They get the food out quickly, it is plentiful, and it has reasonable variety. But it is generic, underseasoned, completely undistinctive.
At a time when cuisine is becoming more specialized and sophisticated, this remains one up from chicken chop suey. They are ready for an extreme makeover to attract a younger, affluent clientele, given the fairly tony neighbourhood.
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