It’s been many years since I started participating in Dine Out Vancouver. And I actually look forward to it as it’s a chance for me to check out places I either want to try for some time or never would have known. With that “unofficial” tradition, I started my research on this year’s menu quite early on. And I think I’ve picked some interesting ones too.
To kick it off, we came to Burnaby Riverway Clubhouse with Greeny’s family. From time to time, we would come to the Riverway Driving Range. Never once did we enter the Clubhouse, so I thought this was the perfect chance to do so.Our reservation was quite early in the evening so it wasn’t full house just yet. We were taken to a round table nicely set with flower, nearby the window. The interior has a very high ceiling, simple wooden-themed layout, and quite spacious. Through the dark sky, I saw a couple tables in the patio area – I could only imagine it would be a very nice spot in the summer. As we were here for the Dine Out menu, it really didn’t take long to decide.
|Roasted Butternut Squash Soup|
|Watermelon Carpaccio with Crispy Chicken|
|Root Beer Braised Short Rib Poutine|
|Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon|
|Pan Seared Arctic Char|
|Baked Truffled Mac n’ Cheese|
|Marshmallow Bread Pudding|
|White Chocolate Panna Cotta|
I think the food was very well executed for the most part. Both the taste and presentation were there – it was definitely a very tasty meal. The only not so positive thing I have to say would be the service. At the time we were there, it wasn’t very busy just yet. However, we were not greeted at the time we sat down. Our server just came and took our order directly. The wine glasses were also left on the table despite we didn’t order wine at all. After the delicious appetizers, we waited for quite some time for our entrée. In fact, we had waived our hand for nearly 5 minutes to get our server’s attention. We thought there was a mixed up with orders as the large group near-by us got some of their entrées despite ordering later than we did. Perhaps they realized we have been waiting for a while, someone from the restaurant came over with glasses of Champaign and apologized for the wait. I thought it was very nice of them to acknowledge that.
Regardless of the not-on-par service we received, the food was very well pulled off. Based on that, I would recommend people to experience this place. I do hope the service would be more organized. After all, it’s part of the dining experience.