January 28 marked D and I’s 2nd year anniversary. To celebrate the occasion, we decided to participate in Vancouver’s Dine Out 2013 event that happens annually in the Lower Mainland. After much research, we finally chose Horizons restaurant, a very secluded, fancy and posh restaurant up on top of Burnaby mountain. The drive there was pretty eerie as it was quite foggy and the long, dark winding roads reminded me a bit of a horror movie. Scary things aside, once we got to the top, we were mesmerized by the beautiful view of the Lower Mainland that we got.
After taking a few pictures, D and I walked up to the restaurant and found the outside to be inviting and reminiscent of cabins in Whistler.
We entered the restaurant and I was greeted by one of my friends from college who happened to be on her first shift as a hostess there. She seated us and both D and I were impressed by how spacious, luxurious yet comfortable the inside was. Unfortunately were weren’t seated by the windows, but by simply looking out of any window, you were granted a fantastic view of the city. The chairs were super comfy and the table was set very nicely.
Since we were participating in the Dine Out event, we were given a special 3-course menu and we both ordered different things to try and get the most out of the experience. For our appetizers, I had a delicious albacore tuna tataki with a few greens while D had a hearty cream of wild mushroom soup. Both were super yummy!
For our main dishes, I had the 8oz NY Steak with veggies and D had the BC sockeye salmon with tomato basil risotto and veggies. Both were super delicious and filling, and I had to admit – I preferred his entree much better. 😛
Lastly for dessert (my favourite!), I had the chocolate hazelnut creme brule and D had the cinnamon poached pear with warm pecan brioche pudding. Honestly, my dessert was hands down, one of the best things I have ever put in my mouth – it was delicious! D’s was super comforting and tasty, but mine just hit it out of the park. Wow.
Service was prompt and super friendly! Just as I read from other reviews from this restaurant, the service was very good and our servers always came by to make us feel comfortable and to get our food on time and with a smile. Our server was even nice enough to accidentally mistaken the card D gave me for our anniversary as a birthday card, and she had told the chefs to put a candle on my dessert! I was so impressed and flattered, and told her that it was indeed our 2 year anniversary and not my birthday. 😛
As expected, since Horizons is considered a fine dining restaurant, the portions were small but surprisingly made the both of us very full and happy. It was definitely worth the $38 price for the Dine Out menu considering normally, an entree is worth $24-38. I would love to come back here on another special occasion and I really hope that their management/staff don’t change anytime soon – they were all so lovely!
Total Score: 22/25