The sixth and final Dine Out ’08 experience took place at C Restaurant. I went there in 2004 for my first ever Dine Out (at the time it was only a $25 menu) and I enjoyed it. Hence I decided to return for another try. They had an $18 wine pairing option to go with the $35 menu. They also had a $49 4-course lobster menu ($25 wine pairing) and a $45 100-mile menu. Diners could also choose to pay extra for some add-ons or substitute dishes.
Since I went to five other restaurants before this one, I was able to compare the food quality among all of them. In my opinion, C Restaurant had the tastiest food. I have tried the meat dish at all six restaurants and C’s steak was juicy and tender (much much better than Five Sails). The two fish dishes were also great. I remember having a mushroom risotto at the restaurant in 2004 and I didn’t like the gluey, cheesy texture. This time around I ordered the trout with the couscous risotto and I really enjoyed it. The tuna was nice with the bacon foam. On the other hand, the two desserts were disappointing. First, they took away the chocolate parfait (which I was looking forward to trying it); then the two options they served weren’t that great. Neither of them was able to wrap up the dinner and make it a complete meal.
Presentation of the food was good. You can see layers of ingredients, with decent amount of garnish. I like how they served the cauliflower soup, by pouring it right in front of you – something different which made your dining experience more enjoyable.
The restaurant is not roomy. Tables are placed rather close to each other so some diners may not like that. The décor is rather nice and you can see the open kitchen as soon as you set foot in the restaurant.
Located right along the False Creek, if you get window seating, this could be a very pleasant dining experience.
The service was really good. For all the restaurants I’ve visited, none of them refilled the bread; or, they would ask if you want a refill. In this case, they automatically brought in more as we were waiting for the appetizers to come. The manager would come and explain every dish to us and that never happened anywhere else either. Towards the end of the meal, the manager forgot to bring in the wine to pair with the dessert, so he brought over the glasses and poured in front of us – apologizing and giving us a bit more wine (icewine, too!) than you would normally get for the wine pairing option.
Non-alcoholic cocktail: West Coast Breeze
Non-alcoholic cocktail: Seawall Splash
Bread (They brought more after the first batch was quickly consumed)
Appetizer: Black Heart Spring Salmon Tartare (didn’t like the watercress salad, though)
Appetizer: Cauliflower Soup (Yes, it’s served without the soup)
Then they poured the soup with a teapot.
We were told that the soup tastes the best by breaking the egg yolk.
Appetizer: Seared Quebec Foie Gras – Cost an extra $14.95 to get this appy
Entree: Herb Crusted Albacore Tuna (The bacon foam does taste like bacon)
Entree: Balsamic Glazed AAA Beef Ribeye (Juicy and tender)
Entree: Dr. Larry Albright’s Crispy Skinned Trout (The cous cous is pretty good)
Dessert: Okanagan Pear Galette
Dessert: Creme Brulee Passion Fruit Tart (They moved the Chocolate Parfait to the Lobster menu and replaced it with this, a little bit disappointing)