Restaurants & Bars 10

Truffle Pigs: A Cautionary Tale

ChrisA | Aug 17, 200905:35 PM

After repeatedly hearing about Truffle Pigs in Field, B.C., a foodie destination, we went out of our way to stop there for lunch yesterday. This was an error.

We called the day before to make reservations and were told they didn't take reservations, but there wouldn't be a wait if we arrived after 1:00. We arrived a bit after one and were told there would be AT LEAST a half hour wait (the waiter emphasized `at least' with a grave expression). OK, waiting list. So we explored for fifteen minutes and stopped back to check on our spot, to be told by the waiter that he'd been looking for us and had given our table away. More waiting. We were then told the other waitstaff didn't know there was a waiting list and had been seating people as they walked in. This seemed to amuse the waitress, who cheerily told us "you have to work hard for your lunch here!" Almost an hour after we arrived we were finally seated: gourmet treats at last.

Except the lunch menu consists of pub fare. We ordered the daily special of salmon chowder, which was a huge bowl of salmon-flavored heavy cream dotted with a few Campbell's--style bits of salmon and veggies. Pretty tasty but pedestrian bison burgers and medium rare but tough-as-nails skewered lamb completed the meal, all slathered in way too much barbeque sauce and served with mountains of thin french fries. Overall, it wasn't terrible---for pub food, and not even upscale pub food. But we were expecting substantially better, and I expect much better service than the amateur-hour show at Truffle Pigs even from a pub, much less an allegedly upscale restaurant with "truffle" in the name no less. Perhaps the place comes into its own for dinner, but don't bother making an effort to come for lunch. In fact, don't go even if you happen to passing through Field at lunchtime.

On the other hand, today we randomly stopped at a place called the Heather Mountain Lodge for lunch. Not expecting much from whatever happened to come up on the highway at about lunch, we were surprised to find a nice patio overlooking gardens, framed by the Rockies. The menu looked pretty generic and we ordered safe dishes they couldn't screw up much, but I regretted not ordering something more elaborate when I noticed a chef going out to the garden to pick greens and herbs for our meal (we were the only people there). The food was modern, properly seasoned, very well-presented, very fresh, and not very expensive. This is what we were expecting and certainly did not get at Truffle Pigs!

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