Overall Ratings: Food 3/5 Service 2/5 Ambiance 3/5
There were 4 of us on a Saturday night. We had an early reservation because they needed the table back by 8pm. There was 1 other table in the restaurant when we arrive. We had a less experienced waitress who had problems with uncorking the wine bottle. The first bottle the opening was chipped. The second bottle left cork in our glasses. She had to ask the manager if she could open a third bottle. The manager told us, she could not justifiy opening another bottle for us if some cork fell in our wine. We told her to filter it out because none of us like drinking bits of cork with our wine. The wine cost $35. She relented since she couldn't filter it out and asked if we would pick a different bottle so we did. My friends enjoyed it better than the first bottle so that was a bonus. Not much for genuine apologies, I felt like we were being looked upon as criminals who were trying to rip them off.
We order 4 appetizers. Monkfish dumpling with cilantro pesto, advocado puree with taro chips, popcorn shrimp, grilled tuna sashimi with an asian slaw. Our least favourite was the monkfish because it was a deep-fried wonton. I always think of dumplings as steamed or grilled. The deep-fried versions are always in the cheaper restaurants which is fine but we're not at a cheap place. The taro chips were perfectly made and the advocado puree had salsa under it. I like advocado, however, there was nothing special about the puree. The popcorn shrimp were the best appetizer. Lightly batterer served on popcorn with very tasty shrimp inside. The grilled tuna sashimi was overcooked. The sashimi was no longer raw in middle but the slaw that went with the tuna was really good.
Mains: whole fish of European Spigola, Tuna, Sea Scallops, Shark. Sides are ordered on the side. We had fresh cut fries and scented rice with greens
I had the whole fish and it came headless and tailess. I'd say it was about 1lb fish. It was PERFECTLY cooked. Extremely fresh tasting fish, I am REALLY picky about fish. I was very pleased with the fish. $34 The tuna was already a bomb from the appetizer so it was a bomb at dinner. It was more stringy and did not melt in the mouth at all. My friends loved the shark and the sea scallops. ($27-28 I think) The fresh cut fries suffered from the same fate as the 'dumpling' . The temperature of the oil was off and the fries didn't have that nice crisp outside and potatoely inside but had a crisp outside and fairly crisp insides as well. The scented rice was nicely scented with peppercorns and olive oil and the greens were brussel sprouts and I think chinese brocoli. I don't usually eat brussel sprouts but they were perfectly cooked little cabbages with a hint of brocoli taste. The greens were a definite good side.
Our waitress was apologetic about the hassles with the wine but I could tell she was a) inexperienced b) worried about her tip. I usually expect more professionalism with the waiting staff when you pay $203 was the final damage without desserts. I'm not saying this is a top rate restaurant like Bymark or Canoe..but this range in price was more like Stork on a Roof and well, there aren't a lot on this mid-price range that I've enjoyed so far. Damn I miss that place. C-food was hit and miss. I would return for the fish and vegetables and popcorn shrimp.