We arrived at 6:30 P.M. with stroller in tow. We, like our previous trip to White Spot, were looking for s restaurant big and willing enough to bring our daughter along for the ride. Original Joe's was a great choice as they have, via the hotel, an accessible door with plenty of tables that a stroller or even a wheel chair can be accommodated at. The interior was quite roomy with a bar near the front area and restaurant tables scattered throughout over a bi-level (to take in the difference in elevation running along Hamilton Street) restaurant setting.
|Original Joe's Restaurant on Robson Street.|
Our waitress came by quickly after the hostess seated us with the menus. She took our drink orders (1 Coke and 2 waters) and then left. Shortly thereafter we saw her again serving a couple of other tables before leaving. We were a little worried this chain restaurant, like so many other chain restaurants before them, was already suffering from a case of the forgotten customer. It took ten minutes to get our simple drink order from our table to the bar and back again. Not sure why as our waitress was only serving at most three tables and there was more than enough other wait staff on duty.
Once our drinks arrived we were ready to order. My order....
The Order: Applewood Salmon Club (oven roasted applewood salmon, served on a toasted brioche bun with roasted red pepper aioli, lettuce, tomato, peppered bacon and fresh avocado) with fries and Caesar Salad sides).
The food arrived a reasonable 20 minutes later from the kitchen along with the waitress stopping by two minutes after we dug into our meals to check in to make sure we had everything we needed.
The Applewood Salmon Club sandwich was excellent. Originating from the kitchen in half so customers could add whatever condiments they wish (e.g. ketchup, mustard, etc.), it was a delicious sandwich with adequately fresh lettuce, tomato and avocado. Interestingly was the taste contrast with the red pepper aioli and the avocado commingling along with the bacon. A great restaurant menu offering that is quite different from an average pub or bar.
The fries were straight cut fries, with the odd piece of potato skin on the tip, served at a respectable temperature. Great to go with the ketchup or the complimentary dipping sauce. During this meal, I tried the Dill Pickel dipping sauce that proved a creamy tastiness similar to a regular dill pickle potato chip dip offered in stores.
The Caesar Salad came in a small bowl already premixed with bacon pits, shredded cheese and Caesar Salad dressing. A thoroughly good tasting Caesar Salad.
The only bump, we forgot to refill our drinks until halfway though the meal. The waitress was hard to find while we were eating until we finished our meals and she was ready to clear the tables. But hopefully this can be ironed out as the food was good.
Overall, Original Joe's is a welcome addition to the Vancouver area. On the outside it may appear as an average bar or pub, but the menu begs to differ. Sure the usual burgers, wings and other bar food is in there but dig just a little deeper and you will find a few chef inspired specialties like my dish plus a few Asian inspired dishes. Sure the service may have been slightly off on my visit but the food was excellent. Hopefully with a few tweaks, service and food will superb.