Recently for my birthday I went to this restaurant with a friend. I have to agree with previous reviews that it was noisy, even though it was not full. The high ceilings and wooden floors contribute to it. If they had some tapestry on the walls, carpet on the floors it would be quieter. We could hear the noisy also coming from the kitchen as the door was kept open the entire time, although our table was not near it.
One of the staff who attended our table also addressed us as "you guys" (we are two males in their late 50's) and the staff was a young woman in her earlier 20's at the most.
There were some 4 lights burned out, which means that were the restaurant full, some tables would be without sufficient light.
As for the food, it is true that the portion of the main plates are not large and if one had only a main plate, it may not be enough for an adult male. However, an appetizer plus a main plate is sufficient. We did that and felt that a dessert would not had been necessary.
I had the Albacore Tuna Tataki, Mango-Avocado salad, Bay yuzu vinaigrette which was a good-sized portion and quite good, followed by the Queen Charlotte Sablefish, Sake Kasu marinated, Pearl onion, Shitake mushroom main plate which was very well prepared and really tasty. My companion opted for the Lobster bisque, Crème fraîche, which he found had more tomato than lobster but which was pleasant nonetheless as well as being also a good-sized portion, not the small cups sometimes served in similar restaurants. He followed it with the Icy Waters Arctic Char, Braised rhubarb, Citrus Emulsion, which had a small portion of char, although the rhubarb and citrus was a wonderful complement to the char.
They do not have a dessert menu neither in the website nor in their printed menu as they limit themselves to three items only: creme brulée, taramisu and mascarpone with almond ice cream. I chose the mascarpone, which was standard, very ordinary and my friend found his choice of creme brulée very boring.
My friend also had a cocktail and the martini glass in which was served had a chip. He drank some of it avoiding the chipped area and pointed it out to the server, who promptly offered to bring another one at no extra charge. Since 1/2 of it had been drunk already the offer was declined. At the end, when getting the bill, they did not charge for the drink, which was the correct thing to do and it was appreciated.
To sum up, the restaurant could improve by paying more attention to detail, instruct staff to address customers with less familiarity (especially when the customers are not their own age) and finding ways to cut down the noise, as we could not even hear the music in the background, and improving in the quality and selection of desserts.
We may return there and see whether any changes have been implemented, as the food is tasty.
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.