worth every single penny and calorie.
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worth every single penny and calorie.
Awesome brunch for out of town guests
This was our experience on August 15, 2007:
Restaurant is a beautiful dining room in a beautiful lodge in a beautiful setting. We chose to dine here out of long-seeded curiousity and because we had a last minute opportunity to meet up with some friends vacationing from England.
There is a $100 cancellation fee if you find that you must cancel within 72 hours of your reservation. (To be fair we were warned of this.) We had determined shortly after making our reservation that the bistro might be a better venue for our party. The restaurant would not allow us to move the reservation without penalty. However, I do appreciate that they did allow the two teens in our group to order from the bistro menu.
In any case, our hostess was friendly, the restaurant was beautiful and we walked to our table anticipating great things.
And then....enter our young waiter...he was immediately "over the top" pretentious with us. He addressed us in a whisper (perhaps he thought he sounded distinguished?) and he grew increasingly annoyed with us when he was politely asked several times to repeat himself. We eventully resorted to disregarding him and sorting the details out for ourselves because the communication was not improving and ordering from a menu was not something new to any of us.
Our reservation was at 8:30pm on a weeknight (that was the only time they could accomodate us). The restaurant was fairly empty. To a few in our party of 7, eating a large meal at that hour was not our preference (another reason we had requested earlier to be moved to the bistro). I, and my female friend, ordered salads ($25 each) and nothing else, which seemed to insult the waitstaff who I sensed were calculating the mandatory 18% gratuity that would be added to our bill. These salads were good- with pear and candied walnuts- but not impressive. I have had similar salad elsewhere for less than half the money.
Adding further insult to injury- and directly related to our whispering waiter- the men in our group ordered thier entrees with the assumption that these would be accompanied by side dishes-which they were not. Be warned: the menu is exorbitantly overpriced and portions are unbelievably small. Example: Halibut $44. The size of a deck of cards. My husband assumed when ordering that the "sides" listed on the menu were in addition to the sides that would come on his $44 plate. At $18 for a side plate of asparagus, you could see why he would think that. The portions of all entrees observed at our table were miniscule at best, and reportedly, quite mediocre in flavor.
The staff seemed to regard us with a sort of patient disdain as the night progressed- I sensed they found us tedious and I think it was directly related to the amount we were spending. In the end our bill was about $300. I am certain the were anticipating at least $100 per person.
On a more positive note, the two teen boys in our group got the best deal when they ordered bacon burgers and fries from The Attic bistro. these were substantial portions and reportedly the "most awesome burgers ever". (We might be persuaded to check that out in the future, once my husband recovers from his ban on all things Salish Lodge)
The 5 adults in our party that evening are all well traveled & well dined individuals. We are not snobs, but neither are we uncultured. We were attired appropriately for the restaurant and I believe showed great patience and restraint in spite of our treatment by the staff. We appreciate fine dining and don't mind paying for good food. We really wanted to like the Dining Room at Salish Lodge.
The opinion among us was unanimous that the lodge has such potential but needs to lose the pretentious attitude. A warm friendly atmosphere would definately fit well with the natural elegance of this place. The high priced food and menu structure also need revision - I can't imagine that anyone would walk away from this restaurant feeling like they got what they paid for.