We went to Corner House tonight to sample the Summerlicious menu. Having never been there before, I can say that the map on the restaurant's website is not 100% accurate, but a quick call to the restaurant worked it out. They had directions recorded on their answering machine, so all I had to do was call and I was good to go.
The parking meters were broken on Davenport, or you don't have to pay after 6 -- not sure which but I lost a toonie and didn't have a ticket.
The hostess at the door was extremely rude and abrupt. We had reservations and she asked us if we wanted air conditioning or patio or inside first floor. We had walked by the patio on the way in and had seen at least three empty tables. She then said that they didn't have room on the patio. So, we went upstairs which was lovely and air conditioned. We were at the early seating (6pm) so lots of light was coming in, but I could see how it would be a romantic spot with darkness and candles.
The Summerlicious menu was different than it is posted on the Summerlicious website. There was a bit more selection, actually. I had the mushroom truffle soup, the halibut and the chocolate devils cake for dessert. My partner had the spinach salad, also the halibut and the fruit crumble for dessert. We didn't have wine, but I sampled the Green Tea soda which they promote on the Summerlicious menu ($5 for a 500ml bottle). Bread was served cold with a nutmeg spread. The truffle soup was a nice size and came piping hot. It had a nice flavour and a fairly robust mouth feel as it had mushroom pieces in it. The spinach salad came with walnuts and goat cheese. The halibut was presented with some vegetables -- corn, carrots, peppers and a few tiny pieces of lobster. When you walk into the restaurant, there is a bit of a fishy odour, and the halibut was a bit fishier than it should have been. Still, it was cooked perfectly and flaked when forked. The desserts were completely unmemorable and we didn't even bother finishing them. The presentation of all dishes was lovely.
I will not go back to Cornerhouse due to:
-very rude and abrupt hostess who did not even show us to our seat, grumbled that we had to order quickly in order to get served in time and was quite haughty
-there were fruit flies flickering all around our table. I'm not sure if this is typical, or just today, but we couldn't get rid of them
-the food, though presented in a lovely fashion, was unremarkable.
-when we were leaving, there was a waitress arguing with a customer at the front door and we could not get by to get out the door. She finally spun around, tapped me back and said "Excuse me" very rudely.
I would rather spend my money where I am treated in a friendly fashion and made to feel welcome.
Dinner, with one Green Tea Soda was $86.
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