I know the Smoking Dog has received various accolades for their steak frites and I remember walking home happy after my previous visit so I decided I needed to pay them a return visit.

I wasn't feeling good this day so I didn't order a drink with my meal nor did we order an appetizer. I ordered the Steak Frites (21 dollars) and my friend ordered the seared sea scallops on lemon rissotto (21 dollars). I am not sure if it was because we didn't order drinks or if the server was really busy but the service that night was brutal. We didn't get served bread until we stopped the server to ask for, our glasses of water were never refilled and it took a long time for us to get our bill.

I still enjoyed my meal, the gravy was a great addition to the steak and fries and really added flavour of my meal. The steak was cooked to perfection and the fries were tasty.

On the other hand, my friend's scallops were not so good, she ranks them as a two on a scale of one to ten (Wow, thats not even close to a pass!!!). The scallops were dry, and flavourless. The risotto was lack luster, dry and cold in temperature.

My previous visit last year was really good, but this time it was not replicated.

Smoking Dog Bistro
1889 West 1st Ave.
Vancouver, BC
V6J 5B8
Tel: 604.732.8811
Smoking Dog Bistro on Urbanspoon


Food Lover said... @ December 10, 2008 at 3:16 PM

Nothing sucks worse than having a sucky server. I had probably THE worst server on my last visit to Terroni's in LA. Not to mention the food is subpar. Only the appetizer and dessert were okay, 1 pizza and 3 entrees sucked. Don't know what all the buzz was about.

That should be a compiled list on your blog. Horrible servers and service at eateries. People step your game up!

Anonymous said... @ October 9, 2009 at 9:14 PM

Unfortunately the food, decor and service have slid downhill over the last year or so.
Time for an interior over haul and to step up their game. Or, and here is the question....does the owner care anymore about his restaurant?? Or is he trying to run it into the ground?

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