Spinnakers | Victoria | 308 Catherine St.
Posted 31 May 2007 - 09:49 AM
In summary: Great Beer & Great Bakery. Restaurant: Yecch!
Posted 09 November 2007 - 02:45 PM
I was very, very surprised by the meal, which was a special of the day and consisted of baked vegetables with a cornish pie/pastry sprinkled with a delicious sauce.
The place may very well be coming around!
Posted 13 November 2007 - 09:03 AM
The place is successful in spite of their generally poor food service. I still find myself going there regularly for a pint of Honey Pale Ale. Their service is still spotty.
Their bakery does not make the pesto sticks any more so about the only good bakery item there is the dog biscuits. My dog loves them, but I have a feeling they are probably crap too.
Posted 26 April 2008 - 09:12 AM
At the moment, I'm no longer imploring readers to stay away. I think it's worth a trip back for now. Let's see how long they can keep it up. I'm glad somebody decided to improve the basics at Spinnakers.
Service was much better - I've usually been greeted with indifference, but some new faces with some cheer and enthusiam makes all the difference.
Posted 26 April 2008 - 12:49 PM
Also, the clam chowder is thoroughly delicious.
Add a pint (two) of dark ale and you've got a whole lot of Heaven.
Posted 27 April 2008 - 05:05 PM
The beer has always been good there. Never has this been a question. Locals like myself have simply been put off by bad meals and bad service. I'm going to be going at least once a week for a while to give some progress reports to make sure it was not a fluke and I'll post here. For the moment, Spinnakers is pretty good and I recommend it.
I will second KublaKhan's opinion on the chowder -- it's very tasty. It's "seafood" chowder rather than clam chowder and mine had clams and bits of salmon in it. It tasted the way I want it and the bread that came with it was delicious and fresh. Can't ask for much more.
Posted 06 May 2008 - 07:02 PM
Posted 03 June 2008 - 11:56 AM
Posted 03 June 2008 - 04:31 PM
The last time I had their chowder, I swear I could have used it for glue. An absolute gloppy mess that didn't sing the praises of sustainable seafood. I'd love to see Spinnakers celebrate being a brew house that serves great pub food using great ingredients. To me, they're just not cutting it.
Posted 03 June 2008 - 05:19 PM
Posted 04 June 2008 - 07:47 AM
Has it slipped back already? I had some great chowder there a couple of weeks ago. I have to try the chowder at Red Fish Blue Fish.
IMO, they have an inconsistency in what comes out of their kitchen.
Posted 07 June 2008 - 01:50 PM
I really want to give SP the benefit of the doubt but after this latest disappointment it will be a while before I return for a meal.
Posted 08 June 2008 - 09:34 AM
Posted 06 September 2008 - 10:54 PM
The food continues to a new low. I don't care if it's local if it's flavourless! The halibut in the fish'n'chips was rubbery and didn't really taste like anything and the fries (which they seem to serve with everything now) were COLD! How long do they have to sit around for that to happen?
After mentioning this to the waitress we got some hot fries, but no concern for redemption with the bill, so no tip...what a shame as I'm not in any hurry to go back now.
Posted 07 September 2008 - 08:27 AM
The pizza was great and the spinach salad was excellent. It was delivered with goat cheese instead of the advertised bleu cheese but in the opinion of my dining partner this only enhanced the flavour. We then noticed the table behind us--which had been seated before we arrived finally got their meals. Including what we realized was a replacement meal: we were served the customized salad meant for our neighbour. We were pleased with our good fortune but regretted that it came at the expense of the other table, who were a little annoyed but took it in stride.
All in all we were satisfied enough that we will one day go back and give it another chance. Our previous trip wasn't good--the food was bland and the fish and chips lacklustre--certainly no better than any average take out joint. And the service merely adequate.
I would say enjoy the drinks but choose wisely on the menu.
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Posted 07 September 2008 - 04:50 PM
Posted 19 July 2009 - 11:01 AM
The folks at a place like Cactus Club manage to consistently dish out decent food, but Spinnakers can't seem to manage a simple and staple item on the menu.
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Posted 19 July 2009 - 03:47 PM
We'll give them a 5 out of 10 for the bland tasteless meals we were served, a 5 out of 10 for the average service and a 9 out of 10 for the view from the deck.
Posted 19 July 2009 - 07:45 PM
Canoe is great for the in house brewed beer, and the service is excellent. The food is really not that good, and while they have recently played around with the menu to balance the pub lunch vs dinner crowd - it still does not work; on price and quality.
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