Feb 10, 2012

Beyond at the Century Plaza

I recently visited Beyond at the Century Plaza Hotel for their $28 Dine Out menu.  Their regular menu is quite expensive, so to get 3 courses for this price was awesome!  I was not very familiar with this restaurant, so I did a little research after a friend invited me for her birthday dinner.  Their reviews on Urbanspoon and Yelp were not that stellar, so I did not go in with high expectations.

To begin, I was very impressed with their wine list, which was extremely extensive.  The server was attentive but not overbearing.  But, upon review of their dine out menu, I was disappointed - 2 choices for appetizer (one of which was a very simple salad), 3 entrees, and only 1 option for dessert.  Seems like a massive copout to only have 1 dessert option.

I started with a Canadian lobster bisque, that was apparently served with tomato chili oil, creme fraiche and chives.  Maybe if the dish had included the chili oil or the chives it would have had better flavour.  It was extremely bland and worse, very salty.  I actually couldn't finish it.  However, the presentation of the dish was appealing and clean.

For my main course I decided to go with the Alberta AAA braised beef short rib, served with mashed potatoes, caramelized onions, blue cheese gratin and a red wine reduction.  After my short rib at ORU, this dish had a lot to live up too.  Unfortunately, it fell flat.  Again, the presentation of this dish was beautiful and it was served at a great temperature.  However, the blue cheese gratin made the already salty short rib, even saltier. On a positive note, Beyond's mashed potatoes and red wine reduction were absolutely delicious and the green beans were cooked just to my liking!

As I said before, I think that only giving 1 option for a dessert course is a major copout.  With that being said, the chocolate decadence cake that was described in the menu as a "trio of Lindt chocolate mousse, extra brut cocoa, chiffon sponge and raspberry coulis", without a doubt lived up to this description.  However, it tasted like it was right out of a package.  It actually reminded me of the chocolate cake from Costco.  After a quick review of Beyond's regular dessert menu, I really do not think that this cake showcased the best dessert option available.

To wrap-up, I am not sure if I will return to Beyond for a meal.  The food really needed to be a lot less salty for me to enjoy a meal.  However, I think that Beyond would be a great location to go to for a drink.  Centrally located in Vancouver on Burrard street, which is just a short walk from Robson or Granville streets, this restaurant is not quite as busy as some other hotspots.  The drink menu, especially the wine, were outstanding.  Friends who I was dining with sampled many different drink options and all received excellent feedback. 

Comedy Packages:  Located in the Century Plaza hotel is The Comedy Mix, which attracts some pretty funny comedians.  I noticed that Beyond offers a Comedy Mix dinner package for $39.  This would make for a great night out!   

Beyond Restaurant & Lounge on Urbanspoon

1 comment:

  1. Tnx for the review, had no idea about the comedymix packages. Date idea =)