I know this is a long one. For the short version, skip to the last paragraph. For the full details of my experince, please read on.
My boyfriend & I visited Bullocks about a month ago. Lets say we won't be going back next time we are in Yellowknife. Walking in we thought we had travelled into a time warp. It was busy but not packed upon our arrival. This quickly changed. My first impression was turn around & walk out the door. Covered with bumper stickers, business cards, photos, writing on the walls & ceiling, feels like your on hoarders.
We had Arctic Char, Buffalo Steak and two pops. Each dinner included salad,a bun & home made french fries. I did not get my fries until after I ate the rest of my meal, then was asked if I still wanted them. I will give credit when credit is due, the food tasted good & was plentiful. However overpriced. For anyone that says that the prices are high because of transportation cost up there, don't be fooled, both the Buffalo & Arctic Char are local.
The help yourself to drinks from the cooler and the “grab a glass, the sink is over there” comment to customers was a turn off. I have never heard of this in all my travels. The service could have made up for the negatives, if there was any. I found the staff abrupt and sometimes sarcastic. There did not seem to be any type of order in this place. I guess this is all part of the “one of a kind experience” that you are paying for at Bullocks.
We sat at the bar in front of the grill and saw how everything was prepared. I was shocked at the food handling of raw meat & fish there. She did not wash her hands after touching the raw meat & fish. In fact I watched her pick up pieces of meat dripping with juices, oil it on the bar where we sat, then place it on the grill. The whole time allowing it to drip into everything else. Touching things like handles, dish towels, utensils, plates and other food.
We left the “bistro” feeling like we had just been ripped off. It was fine dinning prices but missing the fine. Our bill read 2 orders of Fish and Chips $39.95 each, 2 soft drinks $4.00 each. I almost fell over when I saw that it came to $92.30 before tip.
I have a tip for anyone reading this.... save your time & some money. Go somewhere that appreciates their customers and has the true charisma of Yellowknife.
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