Its a big restaurant so thats always a bit tough for a chef. The menu is fairly extensive, which can also be hard for a kitchen so I chose pretty standard stuff for my first time eating here. To begin, I had the Shrimp cocktail redux, two kinds of cold steamed shrimp with a few chunks of seriously over cooked lobster thrown on top. This was served with a dollop of seafood sauce and a small endive salad. The salad was quite a good foil for the shrimp which was bland. This was a bit under whelming, a confused mishmash.
My main was a 12 oz prime rib which I ordered rare. The menu stated that it came with horseradish which is my preferreed way of ordering a prime rib. How did I miss the au jus reference? In my experience au just means a small cup of drippings served with the cut. For some reason, out here in Alberta, it means 'served with gravy over top". What the hell is up with that? Also, a yorkshire pudding??? Another regional oddity? It was cold.
The cut was large, 12 oz, and rare as requested. The meat was tender and tasty. Once you got past the gravy that is. The gravy was tasty too, not of a can. I had to request some horseradish and I got a heavily creamed compote, again something that wouldn't rattle a small child. The veggys were good, kind of a succotash with a vegetable based sauce on the side for color, well done. The potato was a layered bake of triangular slices, again, tasty and well done, wish I could remember the name of that dish, think creamless scalloped potatoes. Overall it was good but the au just thing is kind of a homewrecker for me.
For dessert I decided to go wild and order the bacon ice cream. I've never had bacon ice cream, been reading about it for some time, turning it over in my head, thinking that this might be really good so I took the plunge and? I will not let this form my opinion of bacon ice cream which I will definitely try again, eslewhere. This was a pretty good candied praline and chocolate sauce covered ice cream sundaem with a strip of maple glazed bacon on top. NOT what I anticipated. I was thinking thin thin candied bacon, crumbled and mixed in, a bacon ice cream.... which this wasn't. It paid lip service to a cool idea but didn't really execute the idea. A fail.
I might try these guys again, they have the chops and a little bit of experimantal dash so they'll get another chance but overall it barely eked out the 4, let's call it a 3 and 1/2
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