Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Calabash Bistro

Loved:décor, music (once we adapted to the volume), drinks (the Bashy Sour!), my meal (Ackee and Saltfish- sooooo tasty and so fresh!), and they’ve got a wicked house hot sauce.

Didn’t love: service speed and bill organization, portion size (a bit small compared to other popular vancouver caribbean restaurants)

My advice: Check this place out but…..don’t go in famished, or "on the way...", and make sure you order right away. We gabbed over drinks, then pondered our appetizer options for a quite a while before placing our orders. Order the jerk fries and plaintains to start- we gobbled these up. My main was a winner (Ackee and Saltfish) and the other favourite at the table was the curry chicken in a roti. Many others at the table were pretty underwhelmed and were expecting larger portions. My main beef with the experience was how painfully slow it was to get the bill organized and everybody settled up. Our waiter was extremely nice but not terribly efficient.

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