Wetlands Brew Pub – Never Again

Wetlands brew Pub – Eugene OR

The first thing you notice is the smell. We were overwhelmed by the smell of sweet alcohol, sweat, cigs and sex. How they have an 85% like rate on Urbanspoon confounds me.

pub

The service was absolutely despicable. Clearly the server saw us when we walked in. We waited more than 15 minutes, there was absolutely no acknowledgement. Not even, a nod. The only redeeming thing about this bar was that there was a TV at every booth. Even that was sub par, some soap opera type sports show was on. We soon left, I believe we went to Burger King for brunch instead. Yes, It was THAT bad here

booth tv

Wetlands Brew Pub and Garbage Sports Bar on Urbanspoon

Irish Heather – Long Table Series

Irish Heather – Long Table Series – Gastown Vancouver, BC

/**Update**/

Restaurant did get back to me via Twitter regarding the Lamb. As long as the quality of the lamb is good the it is more than ok to consume a rare lamb patty

Food Persuasion Level : [rating=3]
Value: [rating=4]
Service : [rating=4]
Ambiance: [rating=5]
Price: $
Cuisine: Pub, Dining Event
Location: Gastown

I love the social aspect of Irish Heather’s Long Table Series. Sharing a meal with 25 other like minded foodies over funny conversations. It was a sold out night and everyone was friendly, relaxed and more than willing to share some laughs.

Featured beer: Kronenbourg Blanc

Kronenbourg Blanc Beer

Brewed in Alsace, France, this is a light, crisp beer with notes of peach, pink grapefruit, coriander and, orange.

Paired with: Lamb Burger, Mint Salsa, Shaved Asiago Cheese, Caramelized Onions With A Radish & Arugula Salad. The burger was too saucy, making everything seem soggy.

Lamb Burger

The lamb was too rare for my taste. No, I did NOT get sick. Apparently, it is ok to eat it this rare .

Rare Lamb Patty

Judging by the reviews from patrons that were there and who attended multiple times and reviews from other bloggers this was just an off night. I will be back!

Irish Heather on Urbanspoon

Steamworks – A Hit for After Work Drinks

Steamworks Brewing Company – Gastown
Food Persuasion Level : [rating=2]
Value: [rating=3]
Service : [rating=3]
Ambiance: [rating=3]
Price: $$
Cuisine: Pub, Restaurant lounge
Location: Gastown, Downtown Vancouver
www.steamworks.com

Steamworks, popular after work drinking spot. For $15 for a pitcher of Sangria, albeit watered down but for the price it’s a good deal. A pitcher of mojito is just as cheap. The seating was comfortable and the service friendly, all in all a pleasant place to wind down.

Now the food…

Typical pub like fare, the entrees are pub quality, meaning its step above a food court quality. We ordered the curry coconut halibut with pineapple, with a side of snap peas and rice -$22. Fish was fried and probably lightly battered, the oil was an overkill. You can tastes the heaviness of stale oil . The ripe pineapples were definitely from a can.

Curry Salmon
Curry Salmon

Maple glazed salmon filet – $21.49, we all agreed this was the better of the fish dishes. A nice smoky taste, again overcooked, made it chewy.

halibut and tortilla
halibut and tortilla

Veggie burger, portobello mozzarella was decent, the bread was soggy from the sauces. It would have been better if it were toasted. It came with a side of ceasar salad, which was drowned with dressing.

portobello burger
portobello burger

All in all I would go back for the pitchers but as a caution stay away from the entrees.

Steamworks Brewing Company on Urbanspoon

Society Dining Lounge – Nice Place to Drink

Society Dining Lounge – Glowbal Group, Yaletown

Food Persuasion Level: [rating=2]
Value: [rating=3]
Service : [rating=3]
Ambiance: [rating=3]
Price: $$
Cuisine: Dining Lounge
Location: Yaletown Vancouver BC
Society Dining Lounge
Tel (604) 629-8800

Society

Hail to the yuppies who frequent this spot and made it a Yaletown hotspot. The menu is a carbon copy of the typical Milestones and Cactus, reeking of mediocrity and, void of any creativity. On the upside the people are good looking.

Admittedly, this post was based on their dine out menu which deviates from the regular fare. However, I sometimes have the urge to people watch, I have frequented Society more than a few times and every time I order food the above critique usually rings true.

Now the Food..

Starters

Split Pea Soup – smoked ham hock, crème fraiche. Overly salty to the point of bitter.

Pea Soup

Pickled Beet Salad – chive and sour cream dressing, watercress, goat’s grilled cheese. Very stingy on the cheese, that you could barely taste it. The dressing was so sour that it became overpowering.

Beet Salad

Mains

Truffle Salisbury Steak -garlic mashed potatoes, pearl onion jus. Basically, a hamburger patty juiced up with garlic, mushrooms and onions.

Salisbury Steak

Ahi Tuna Casserole – ahi tuna, mushrooms, diced celery and peas, four cheese sauce. I admittedly not a huge fan of mac n cheese, unless it’s damn good, I probably won’t like it. This rang true for this dish, it was creamy but, it’s mac n cheese and not much else.

Salisbury Steak

Home-made Butternut Squash Perogies – roasted butternut squash filling, wild mushrooms, sour cream, wild boar bacon. My fave dish of the night. It was nicely browned and crispy. May be it was my love affair with bacon but it was delicious.

Home-made Butternut Squash Perogies

Desserts

The Way dark chocolate cake – butter cream filling, vanilla gelato. It tasted like food court dessert, suffice to say a whopping disappointment.

The Way dark chocolate cake
The people of Vancouver have spoken, Society Dining Lounge receives 2 starts out of 5 on Urbanspoon. Yikes!

Society Dining Lounge on Urbanspoon