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When it comes to dining at a golf club restaurant, I admit my experience is limited and when I have had the opportunity, the rewards have been less that memorable.
Therefore — after a glorious sunny morning of strolling through lavender scent-laden fields at the Happy Valley Lavender Farm in Metchosin, BC — it was with a hint of trepidation that I, along with two friends, accepted farm owner Lynda’s enthusiastic suggestion that we lunch at Forester’s Bistro and Bar at nearby Olympic View Golf Course.
Somewhat carelessly following Lynda’s explicit directions, and a couple of impromptu U-turns, we arrived in lots of time for lunch.
Forrester’s Bistro is a typical club style dining room. Spacious, high ceilinged with huge windows offering panoramic views of the course — of course.
Once seated, a smartly dressed young server arrived to take our order. After peering over my glasses in an unsuccessful attempt to read the nametag pinned to her chest, and to save any embarrassing misinterpretation, I thought it prudent to simply ask her name. Throughout lunch Miranda’s attentive service and cheerful personality contributed substantially to our visit.
From a fairly extensive menu of starters, sandwiches and entrees, two of us chose the Grilled Chicken and Brie Sandwich ($14) that is offered with a choice of soup, salad, or fries. (You’re allowed to “upgrade” to chowder for an additional $2.) The third member of our party ordered the OV (as in Olympic View) Steak Sandwich. ($16)
The strip loin steak came atop hot garlic toast with a helping of caramelized mushrooms and onions topped with more onions, this time in the form of red-tinged spicy onion rings. A plentiful bowl of fries accompanied the dish. The word from my steak loving friend: “tender and delicious” and evidently with just the right amount of seasoning, for his taste.
Our Chicken sandwich was as pleasing to the palate as it was to the eye. A perfectly cooked, moist chicken breast on ciabatta bread spread with basil mayonnaise, and a generous slice of Brie, and dried tomatoes. I opted for the seafood chowder accompaniment, which was a flavourful mix of shrimps scallops and shreds of smoked salmon and potatoes in a rich creamy broth. My friend, “Rusty” enjoyed the soup of the day that was an interesting blend of sweet potatoes and chipotle.
Although well satisfied with the meal, I have to admit to having a sweet tooth and I was a bit disappointed at not only the limited selection offered but also the prices of the desserts, all marked at $7. Can anyone tell me why (for example) a ramekin of egg custard topped with some burnt sugar and called Crème Brulee, costs half as much as most entrées on the menu? I love a small sweet after a meal but the price is so often off-putting for a lunchtime dessert. Incidentally one of my favourite light desserts is Crème Caramel; whose idea was it to burn the sugar on top instead of the bottom and change the name? I prefer the liquid caramel.
While the restaurant boasts a “relaxing” atmosphere, during our visit this was not the case for most of the time. At a nearby table the raucous behaviour of a group of eight men who were obviously enjoying an early “happy hour” made conversation at out table all but impossible without shouting ourselves. It appears to me when dining out these days that “what’s trending” is a complete lack of social grace and consideration for others.
I respectfully suggest to management that they use the adjacent rooms for larger parties. I notice they did so with some other large parties, many with children. Great idea.
One final note: We did enjoy our lunch and the setting is beautiful. I would like to thank Lynda at the Happy Valley Lavender farm for her recommendation. We probably would visit again when in the Langford area of BC.
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