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Old 02-18-2011, 06:26 PM   #26
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Alright guys I went to the Apron on Valentines, if you guys still want I can write a brief review, just post here!
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My somewhat brief review of the Apron

So, a couple days before Valentines, I booked a reservation for two, and they were very cooperative and asked any questions I had. Their valet parking is pretty neat, you just drive and park outside the entrance and their receptionist comes out so you give her your keys and they give you a paper so you can pick up your car later after the dinner- which is complimentary).

Food: Their menu doesn't have a lot to pick from.. Let's just say the food looked great and was presented so well it makes it seem like it tastes even better. We ordered their sunchoke soup (only soup on menu that night) , and their fresh greens salad with vinaigrette. Neither me or my girlfriend liked their sunchoke soup, but I think it's all up to personal opinion. It tasted like sunchoke indeed, but I guess it's not something that we'd enjoy, it's probably something for those who want to try a "different" kind of soup or just love sunchoke (5.5/10) . My salad was okay, it was around $12 and was better than the soup.. (7/10). We also got house amuse bouches. It was pretty much a small appetizer with minature vegetable garden, lipstick radish, mexican cucumber, young carrot and popcorn soil. It was alright, and looked great, no complaints since it's "on the house" (7/10).
Next came our main dishes. We ordered their Sablefish and Pacific Provider Salmon with provencal tart, sun choke, braised fennel and split corriander vinaigrette. Their Sablefish was the best dish I had there, the skin was extremely crispy and just outshined everything else we had (9.5/10). Their Pacific Provider Salmon was good too, but didn't have the "wow" factor the sablefish had. The salmon was really soft too, don't think I've ever had cooked salmon that soft before (8/10). We didn't order deserts.


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Service: Service was friendly and attentive. Our server was really nice and always had a smile on her face. Refilled our glasses of water a couple times after we finished a dish. Also, our server and this gentleman came by every time to introduce our dish to us with kindness, which was neat. It makes it seem that much more "professional" and a bit more special to eat there. Their valet parking is great as well, opened the door for us on the way out and even opened the car doors for us. (9/10)

Value: Hmm, this really depends on your budget and how much you're willing to spend. Their appetizers/salads are ranging from $12-18, main courses are all mostly $25, and their desserts were all around $10-$15. The end of our meal, which was a salad, soup, and two main courses came to around $85 with tax/tips included. Again, can't rate this because it depends on your budget, but to me it was alright, not exactly worth every dollar for me.

Ambiance: The ambience was great (for valentines- maybe every night?), lights were dimmed, there was a candlelight and a flower in a small vase on every table. Although it looks very "loungey", it kind of has a identity crisis between being a lounge and a restaurant. (8/10)

Overall, I'd rate the Apron a 7/10. If you'd like to try something new (molecular gastronomy) and have a good budget for a dine out, then it'd be worth the experience. However, their servings aren't exactly huge so don't expect to be filled up on an empty stomach However, note that it's an alright-romantic place to dine out, so don't expect something that'd make your date spin her head!

PS: I'll try to post pictures we took of the dishes we had that night!
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Awesome photography. All you're missing is a pic of the girl....
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Agreed.

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if you like wines... http://www.gudrun.ca/

used my groupon... worth it

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Had dinner tonight @ The Apron.

Just my lady friend and I. Wasn't particularly busy. Maybe 4 couples and one business guy who wouldn't stop talking on his damn phone.

I had the sunchoke soup. Lady had the scallops. I quite enjoyed the sunchoke soup and mind you, I've never had sunchoke before. It was different and was new to me. I only had a small sample of the scallop appetizer but I can say that it was tasty. I had the same amuse bouche as sr_slayerz_.

I had the sous vide pork loin. Lady friend had the steak. Both dishes were great and better than expected. I wont' go into extreme detail but I absolutely appreciate how the chef prepares his meals where you can taste the particular flavours of the ingredients used.

Dessert was the stilton cheese cake and the baklava. The cheesecake was different in which you could taste real cheese as opposed to cream cheese. This was a real surprise to me. I think there was blue and gouda for sure. Didn't try the baklava but the lady said it was pretty good.

All in all, I'd rate my experience an 8/10. The food was different and rather adventurous. Service was excellent and atmosphere was nice in a sense where it isn't quite a stuffy restaurant nor a lounge. sr_slayerz_'s comment about the identity crisis can be followed up by the fact that it is a small restaurant with the cocktail bar right there.

Would I go back? Yeah, but only when the chef updates the menu so I can try something else. I quite enjoyed my experience at The Apron.
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