This restaurant has the potential for great but sadly falls short of satisfactory on number of measures. Location and view terrific; the beauty of Gorge Harbour at sunset is stunning. Ambiance of the room was ho hum; why not some fine music to filter out the chit chat of the next table of guests and tone down the comings and goings of the servers? Tables elbow close; tableware and cutlery clean and decently set. Our server was prompt; casual in her approach. She did not check back with us following the arrival of the meal and left us stranded without a fork and a napkin just long enough to annoy. There was this feeling in the dining room that the evening was all about the comings and goings of the staff...too intrusive and not too concerned with the 'dining experience.'... My partner ordered a daily feature; a seafood medley sauce on pasta and I ordered a hot spinach salad. The prices were on par with Yaletown eateries; we expected tasty local fare, but should have known better when the menu reflected an ambitious selection--everything from sushi to steak. The food arrived very shortly, actually a little too promptly making us think that the seafood sauce must've been sitting around the kitchen for some time just waiting...the dish looked like a large glob of orange noodles through which he picked laboriously to find the dry overcooked salmon chunks and watery rubbery prawns etc. This resulted in two or three mouthfuls of pasta in an attempt to find that bit of fresh and local we had wanted when we reserved. The hot spinach salad was delicious as was the bread. When the waitress arrived to clear the main dishes, she did not inquire as to why the whole plate of pasta was being returned, virtually untouched! At that point, we noticed that our 'return' was not the only one...We might've pressed our point but the server seemed concerned to clear us out and get the next diners underway.
On an island abundant with beautiful local organic produce, and wonderful local seafood it is a true shame that our summer evening was marred by such shabby cuisine-- I wanted to call for a restaurant intervention team from the Food Network. Better they stick to simple fresh local and charge fairly than attempt too much and leave the diners feeling ripped off. Skip the pretension and stay with honest food. I live on the island and want the local businesses to thrive and prosper but the next time I want to show my guests a dinner out, I will be hesitant to give the Floathouse another try.
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