Expect the very best local fish and seafood here. Frank Pabst's kitchen really delivers flavour and freshness, which somehow seems miraculous given the enormous size of this restaurant. $36.00 gave us one dozen local oysters to begin. One tuna carpaccio as an appetizer, followed by delicious Qualicum Bay scallops and locally farmed sturgeon, along with extra sides of perfect spinach and truffle fries made for a feast. Sommelier suggested excellent BC wines to match. We shared a plate of intensely flavoured house-made sorbets for dessert. Our bill, without gratuities, was $283.00 for the two of us. Expensive, yes. The food was worth the cost, however, the nosie level is almost unbearable. We could not carry on a conversation without raising our voices to almost shouting - even having a conversation with the wait staff was difficult. Service was frenzied and rushed, and considering the noise level, it was really only the food that won us over in the end.
This is not the best place for an intimate dinner; it is for a big night out with friends or business associates, where you can kick back in an upscale casual resto, and drop a bundle on wine and food.
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