After dim sum, BF and I spent the whole day looking for Seadoo floating devices from Broadway and Cambie, Canadian Tire, to Granville Island and we left empty handed. To make myself feel better I wanted gelato at Bella Gelateria (the best) but the line up was really long, out the door 2 blocks. Being disappointed again, we decided to go to the Boathouse in White Rock. It is my first time coming here and BF says it is his favourite Boathouse location.
THE VIEW FROM OUR TABLE
When we arrived I wanted the deck since it was such a nice evening, but we did not make reservations and there was 30 minute wait. The hostess was friendly, genuine and apologetic for our wait which she did not need to be since we did not make any reservations. I feel like it is hard to come by hostesses and servers (in my opinion) who act like they care or even fake it (I honestly do not mind if they fake it because it is their job, any acknowledgment is nice).
AHI TUNA TACOS, DEEP FRIED PRAWNS, 9OZ BASEBALL CUT SIRLOIN, MISO CRUSTED HALIBUT AND A BELLINI (WE WANTED CHOWDERS BUT THEY WERE SOLD OUT).
AHI TUNA TACOS IN CRISPY WONTON TACOS, WITH WASABI AIOLI AND MANGO SALSA ($13.99). The photo on the left is the first photo I took trying to be stealth, but then I thought I might as well do it properly since I am posting it on my blog. There is an awkward portion control since one taco would have tuna and the next has a little amount which is basically all shell. The wonton tacos are more crunchy than crispy which also makes it hard to taste the tuna. For the mango salsa, it is somewhat light and refreshing, but to be honest there is not much taste of it because the mayonnaise sauce is very heavy. Overall it is hard to taste the tuna and I assume the highlight of the dish should be the tuna? Other than the presentation of the watercress and black sesame seeds, I did not like anything else.
CRISPY SHRIMP AND SEA SALTED FRIES ($14.99). BF saw a family order these (2 plates!) and he wanted to try them as well. The shrimps are tiger prawns and lightly battered. If anything, the tartar sauce could have been thicker and more tangy. I find these to be average and nothing special, but that is probably because I do not like this type of batter. I did not know what this was called so when I tried finding them on Instagram, I found the photo on the right. Eek, if mine looked like those, I do not think I would have enjoyed them. Those looks too crunchy and is deep fried with old oil, the photo is from the White Rock location as well.
His entree is the 9OZ BASEBALL CUT SIRLOIN WITH VEGETABLES AND ROAST POTATOES ($26.99). The steak is overcooked and more of a medium than medium rare, I find it weird though because the photo looks less cooked than it is. The color of the steak is light brown and not as red/pink as it looks in the photo. BF usually sucks it up and eats his overcooked steak but this time it was too overcooked and he could not eat it. Our server was nice and offered to take it back. After around 25 minutes, his new steak came.
The steak is definitely not overcooked but is chewy, tough and bland which is kind of unfortunate just because it is a sirloin and you can expect that... I guess? Sirloin is never really mine or his first choice and too bad the tenderloin is only available in the dining room. Even though his steak is hard to eat and has no taste, it was nice the server offered to take the first one back.
My entree is the MISO CRUSTED WILD HALIBUT WITH BLACK PEPPER SAUCE, VEGETABLES AND ROAST POTATOES ($32.99). The halibut is overcooked, stiff, chewy and really dry, but I did not want to say anything since BFs steak was overcooked. The black pepper sauce tastes very sweet like caramel and has a thick consistency like syrup, which I did not expect from the title of '"black pepper sauce."
I think the food here is not very good and being on the deck is nothing but a place to come for drinks and appetizers only (even though the appetizers are not very good). The deck stops seating at 9:00pm so if you are here for the view, keep that in mind. Service wise, this place is perfect.
I am a really observant person and did not notice one server with an attitude at any point of time (there was even a rude customer and the hostess was patient and polite), our server also checked on us constantly and was apologetic as well (for the steak and the time we waited). The manager also came to apologize since our food took longer than usual and she even took the tuna tacos off our bill because the chowders we wanted were not available, the steak was overcooked and for the time we waited (which I did not expect her to do). Usually for a manager to come out it is because the customer complains or asks to speak with them, but she came to speak with us on her own.
If the manager did not come, I was planning on writing an e-mail with how pleased I was with the hostesses and servers (that is how surprised I was). The total of our bill with the tuna tacos removed was $84 and we left $110 which is very deserved. Meh, in the end the food is not very good and I do not know if we would come back even with the perfect service. In BFs defence, he has not been here in a few years and remembered it being his favourite location, so some things could have changed or the deck should not be anyones first preference for dinner.
A nice surprise was also the fireworks, we did not know there would be any for Canada Day at White Rock.