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“Not as Expected!!!”

Brownstone Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 335 Restaurants in Kamloops
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Canadian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Neighbourhood: City Center
Vancouver Island, Canada
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92 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Not as Expected!!!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2013

Great old building, great atmosphere, service and music. What lacked was the execusion of their elaborate menu. If you can put it on paper does not mean someone can cook it.
Oredered the duck off the menu and it had to be the worst ever. I cook duck and have had way better duck from places where they had no business cooking it. The skin was crispy but thats where it ended. They fried it in the pan skin-side down like expected, flipped it over in the pan then put it in the over for probably 5 min for that med/rare center. Now this is where they f'd it up. When they took it out of the oven (instead of letting it rest) they cut it on the bias, fanned it out on the pan, then back into the oven it went. Now the juices are running out of the breast onto the hot pan in the oven, essentially steaming the duck into leather. BRUTAL when your plate runs $28. Then it was paired with the most bland steamed spinach and lentals that were under cooked by at least 15min. So imagine tough steamed duck with hard lentals and hot spinach...mmm...not!!! You know the saying "If it looks, quaks and walks like a duck, it must be a duck? Well not in the cooking world. If you clearly don't know what your doing then STOP!!!
With all this said, the cocktails where out of this world and the tri- dessert we ordered where top notch. The baby creme brulee we were served has to be the best ever. I've had many in top restaurants and this by far was the best. If you've had it before and was not fond of it you have to try it again for the first time. I really feel as if it should be a 2 star but the rest saved the score. Barely a 3 star. Next time I go it will only be for early night appys like the fois gras poutine and tall pint of ale.

  • Visited August 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Loved the lamb burger”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2013

Went for lunch, husband had duck confit and I had the lamb burger. It was one of the best ever. Mojito was good, service was slow but only one wait-staff on and maybe a brisk lunch business was a surprise? Go there.

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank Dale B
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Kamloops
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Brownstone Restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2013

A higher end restaurant with pricing in accordance. Dress up a bit (not jeans and t shirt place) Top notch food,wine and service.

Visited May 2013
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Thank Darleen P
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Vancouver, Canada
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Excellent food and amazing service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2013

The food, service and ambiance at Brownstone are amazing. I had never been to Kamloops before this trip, so looked up on Tripadvisor which restaurants are the best in the city. Brownstone was one on the list. My husband and I went at 6:30pm on a Friday evening. The staff went out of their way to rearrange tables on the small, quaint, European style patio so we could sit out there. I honestly felt as if I were in Europe out on that patio with its brick wall and lovely herb and vegetable garden. Our server was incredible; not only knowledgeable about the food but also very personable and great to talk to. The food was wonderful. My husband had a tomato lentil soup to start and the pork chop as his main - both were incredible. I had the duck, which was also extremely good. For dessert we had tiramisu and creme brule - yum!

I would definitely recommend this restaurant to others and would surely go back. Also, the prices were very good for the excellent quality.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank DenekaThomas
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Southside Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“great find in Kamloops”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2013

Great interiors with an intimate feel, excellent service with knowledgeable and personable waiter, share plate sampler of Jonah crab cake, prawns, beef short rib and Thai chicken satay made a fantastic modest sized meal. The trout with mango in banana leaf was fantastic. Tiramisu topped off a great meal.

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank fishinguy1976
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