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We wanted to take my dad out for a good meal for his birthday and we were very excited to find one of our favourite restaurants in town on the list of participating restaurants for Dine Out! Their regular 3 course menu was already a pretty good deal for $38 but their dine out price of $30 was even more of a steal!

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Ambiance – 6/10. The restaurant does not have much décor except for one feature wall. We were lucky to get a table by the wall so the pictures we took that evening looked quite nice. I like the message they wrote on the blackboard for dine out.

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Food – 9.5/10. The meal was super delicious and only $30 for seafood and steak! For appetizer, we got one of each and shared it. The seafood corn chowder was very creamy, the quail was grilled just right and the Dungeness crab avocado salad tasted very fresh. The chowder and quail came with a side of bread which tasted very delicious when dipped in the soup/sauce.

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For entrée, we ordered the New York steak and the lobster tail with scallop risotto. The steak was well seasoned, tender and very juicy. The only complaint I have is that it was slightly burnt. It did not affect the taste of the steak but the presentation did not look as nice.

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The risotto was my favourite! It was very creamy, well seasoned and loaded with seafood. The lobster tail was very fresh but was slightly bland. A little more salt and butter would have made it perfect.

Dessert was also very delicious. We got one of each of their dessert to share as well. The orange flan was firm and the taste of orange was not too overpowering. There were three flavours of cheesecake served in little cubes which was very cute. The proportions were just right so it was not too filling. My favourite that evening was definitely the chocolate soufflé with vanilla ice cream. The soufflé was served nice and hot with chocolate oozing in the center. The heat of the soufflé melted the vanilla ice cream and the blend was just perfect, not too sweet.

The staff at the restaurant was very kind and agreed to help us put a candle on my dad’s chocolate soufflé. They also came by to sing Happy Birthday which was very nice!

Service – 9.5/10. It is a small restaurant so they only had two servers. The servers did an excellent job making their way around the tables to ensure that everyone’s water glass was full and their needs were attended to. The food was also served promptly so the dishes were nice and hot.

Good to Know! – This restaurant is usually very busy during the week even when Dine Out is not offered. Make sure you make reservations before you go!

Overall – Once again, the Shoestring Café did not disappoint! I would definitely be back soon!

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