Restaurant: Five Corners Bistro
Cuisine: American/Seafood/Pacific Northwest
Last visited: November 14, 2010
Location: White Rock, BC (White Rock/South Surrey)
Address: 15182 Buena Vista Avenue
Price Range: $20-30
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6: Tres Excellent!!
Service: n/a (see note)
- Sister restaurant to Five Corners Cafe
- Canadian/Euro cuisine
- Family owned/operated
- Local ingredients
- Extremely slow w/bigger groups
- Home style
- Very cozy/family run feel
- Casual fine dining
- Focus on seafood
- Tues-Sun 5pm
- Closed Monday
**Recommendations: Honestly, I think your money is better spent elsewhere.
Five Corners Bistro in White Rock, BC is the sister restaurant to the very successful and local favourite Five Corners Cafe, literally just around the corner. I’ve heard great things about the cafe and I’ve been meaning to check it out, but I made it to the Bistro first. My guess is that they should stick to flipping burgers and hash browns.
I love supporting local family run restaurants, however this was perhaps one of the most disappointing dining experiences I’ve ever had. The food was home made and not in a good way at all. I feel really bad for saying this but I have to be honest. The food seemed and tasted like food I would make when I was in elementary… not even though because by then I would know when food is black, it’s burnt. I’m not exaggerating.
I was with a group of 10, and we ordered 3 orders of lamb and 4 orders of the same pasta as well as other dishes, and the meal took AGES to be served. There were only 2-3 other small tables. We literally waited well over an hour for the mains to come out. The server didn’t know the menu and neither did the chef. Apparently they had a new chef on board who was still learning the menu and how to cook the dishes for the first time that night… so I guess they decided to practice with our order? Word of advice to the owners, telling us that fact does not help your case.
Nothing was done to rectify the situation after bringing up the several problems we had with dinner to the server. The server was too young (so I bit my tongue at times) and overall the service was unprofessional with no apology from upper management. It was like a horrible episode of Kitchen Nightmares. Boo-urns. BOO-URNS.
On the table:
- Store bought bread, but it was served warm. It was one of the best things of the night.
- The butter had garlic powder mixed in and I actually like it.
- Daily appetizer special. White wine with garlic $8.95
- They were large and plump and 2 of them were spoiled. I had one of the bad ones that was mushy and slimy.
- The sauce was a tangy and salty garlic sauce that was actually pretty good.
- They claim it’s a “special” to maintain quality and freshness. I didn’t even complain about the 2 spoiled mussels since it was only 2. I let it go.
- With raspberry coulis and a side salad $8.25
- It’s a great savoury and sweet flavour, but it’s a do it at home appetizer.
- Take a wheel of brie, top it with cloves of caramelized garlic, wrap it in phyllo and bake it. Serve it on a bed of raspberry sauce. Done.
- I did like the salad though which had a sweetened vinaigrette and fresh berries.
- Olive tapenade and roasted garlic on crostini $6.95
- It was such a literal translation of the menu. There was no incorporation of ingredients or creativity.
- The olives were dry and barely salted or seasoned. They did a great job with the caramelized garlic cloves, but now I’m just giving them credit for simple stuff.
- The salad was good with candied pecan pieces and fresh cherry tomatoes.
- Baked with Asiago Cheese $8.25
- Perhaps the most disappointing looking and tasting mushroom caps I’ve ever had.
- It was 98% stuffed with Asiago cheese and barely any crab. The mushrooms were too small to hold any crab anyways.
- Fresh seasonal roasted vegetables, simmered with Arborio rice and Parmesan cheese $14.95
- This was the only vegetarian main and I couldn’t believe it was a main.
- WHERE ARE THE VEGETABLES?! Fine. I see a few diced carrots and there was a few diced green beans the size of peas.
- The rice was hard and the risotto was incredibly stiff.
- The flavour was buttery, but not that cheesy and it reminded me of powdered Lipton chicken soup mix with rice.
- Prawns, scallops, salmon & snapper tossed in our own garlic, alfredo sauce, served with garlic toast $17.95
- This was recommended.
- It was severely overcooked and had probably been sitting in the oven for 15 minutes at least before it was served. Even if it wasn’t overcooked, I wouldn’t have high hopes for it.
- The 2 chunks of salmon were completely dried out, the prawns were dry, and the scallops tasted frozen although I had at least 5 of them. The snapper was MIA.
- It’s a watery garlic and butter cream sauce made with some melted ricotta cheese and perhaps a little white wine. It was standard, but the sauce didn’t stick to the pasta.
- The baked cheese tasted like a layer of Asiago rather than Parmesan.
- Served with an orange demi glace, seasonal vegetables & roasted potatoes $19.95
- The skin wasn’t crispy, but at least the duck meat was tender and quite juicy. I liked it.
- The sauce was sweet and had a hint of orange taste if I looked for it, there wasn’t enough of it for the duck though.
- The carrots were sweetened with perhaps brown sugar with some overcooked green beans and unseasoned spaghetti squash.
Whiskey BBQ Ribs – 1.5/6
- Pork back ribs with seasonal vegetables & mashed potatoes $19.95
The duck and the snapper advertised mashed potatoes, but all mains ended up coming with these “roasted potatoes”… almost every single one looked like this. It tasted as good as it looks.
- The pork ribs were boiled first I’m pretty sure. They were dried out though and the quality was poor with hardly any meat on them. It was from an anorexic pig. It was a sweet sticky BBQ sauce, but they weren’t saucy ribs and they tasted like it was from a grade 9 summer BBQ.
- Pan seared blackened snapper, accented with a lemon dill creme fraiche, served with seasonal vegetables & mashed potatoes $19.95
- I didn’t try this, but the people that had it said it was okay. The fish was not bad except the last bite was apparently very fishy tasting and they questioned if it was frozen.
- Full or half rack of New Zealand Lamb; fresh herb & grainy dijon bread crumb crust, served with a minted demi glace. Full$26.95 Half 20.25
- This was easily the best main out of all of them. I’m not even a huge fan of lamb, and even I thought it was better than everything else.
- It was a good, tender and juicy lamb with a mild gaminess which I could still taste, but was bearable and nice.
- There was a crust, but it wasn’t crispy and I couldn’t taste the mustard or any spice.
- There was no minted demi glace.
- I’m not sure if it was the grainy or regular mustard my friend asked for. But, the server came back with one or the other and said “I brought you some grainy mustard, but if you want regular mustard we just ran out, so I’ll have to go out to the store to buy some more. It’s really not a problem and I don’t mind though.” (My friend kindly accepted whatever was given.)