After being seated promptly, our server proceeded to try and interest us in, what we later found, was one of the most expensive bottles of wine on the wine list. I was even more surprised when I learned that the wine she was promoting was not even a British Columbian wine. Disappointing that servers in high-end hotel restaurants in our city do not promote a local product, and instead promote a Napa Valley wine.
I started with the Albacore tune karaage, served with a sesame spinach and bonito brother. It was startling how quickly our tables (there were 4 of us) first course was served. It seemed to me like they had a production line going in the kitchen and that the food was not cooked to order. The tuna was okay - lukewarm, had okay flavour, and was cooked perfectly. But the problem? There were 2 very small pieces.
- Our service sucked. There is no other way to say it. She started off as extremely attentive, but then was sat a group of about 40. We had courses that did not even have a quality check. I had ordered wine with my meal that did not materialize until the person filling water glasses asked if I was done with my wine glass. They did end up comping my wine, but I had my first sip of it with my last bite of dinner. Not ideal.
- Parking. If you visit ORU, park in the Fairmont Pacific Rim lot and bring your parking stub, they will validate it so that you pay only $6. That is an absolute steal of a deal for parking in this area. It would have been nice to know about this before arriving at the restaurant. They could simply send it out with their OpenTable email confirmation. Or even better, when the hostess calls you the day of, to confirm your reservation, they could simply mention it.