Prince George is probably not a city that is on top of my bucket list to visit, or on it at all. For a business trip, I had the opportunity to stay a couple of nights in this city in the north. To be honest, I didn’t have much expectation when it comes to food in Prince George. I didn’t have much time to venture out anyway so I just ate at the hotel I stayed in.
At the Coast Inn, there are actually 3 restaurants. At the end, I chose the Coffee Garden because its manager’s special caught my eyes. It was a three-course surf & turf dinner. Yes, I had a surf & turf dinner in Prince George!
It started with a simple Green Salad. What was unique about this was in the dressing. It was an Asian-inspired dressing produced by the Japanese restaurant at the hotel – it’s called the Shogun Dressing. It is basically a soy and ginger vinaigrette. It tasted pretty good, a bit salty for salad dressing, but it is different from most other vinaigrette you get at other restaurants.
Then, the main course. It’s a 4oz New York Steak with Crab Legs. Even though it’s not a fancy cut of meat, the steak was cooked perfectly at medium. It had some nice grill marks; it was still juicy and tasted good with basic S&P seasoning. I counted, there were 12 pieces of crab legs on my plate. Granted, they were tiny legs, but still, that was many legs to go through. It came with a little cup of garlic butter for dipping.
Surprisingly, they did the sides pretty well, too. The vegetables were freshly cooked with sprinkles of seasoning salt. The mashed potatoes was just as advertised — creamy. It was a satisfying plate.
I was so full I didn’t have my dessert there. I had to pack it to go and bring it back to my hotel room for later. It was a slice of Chocolate Cake. Perhaps because I had it to-go, there wasn’t any whipped cream or sauce to go with it. It was quite rich, and needed something like a berry sauce to cut through the richness.
It was towards closing time when I showed up at the restaurant, so there was only one server. She got a bit frazzled because a few more customers showed up after I did, so she had to juggle a few orders on her own. Yet she remained attentive to every customer and I thought she did a great job.
Overall, I thought my Surf & Turf dinner was quite good. Considering it’s in Prince George and it’s a hotel restaurant, I went back to my room satisfied and happy.
The Coffee Garden Restaurant at the Coast Inn of the North
770 Brunswick Street, Prince George