After a long crowded Sunday at Eat Vancouver, and a meeting, and walking all around Gas Town trying to find a place to eat, we finally found Al Porto. It was really a last resort, as Judas Goat was closed, Alibi Room was closed, and Guu had a 45 minute wait. I was semi excited because I would finally get to use my Entertainment Book to save some money and make our book worth it. By the time we got here, we were really hungry, and some of us were a bit grumpy.
The dining room wasn’t that busy, but our waiter, who I think was also a manager said that they were short staffed, and that he may have to help out the kitchen occasionally. After we placed our order, they served us two kinds of bread, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
I had the Veal Lasagna which was mediocre at best. I’d say it was a bit better than a frozen lasagna. I think it needed more meat, and had a more creaminess to it from ether more cheese or a better beschamel. I guess I may have been spoiled by a lasagna that my friend makes which is the best I’ve ever had. This doesn’t come close.
One friend ordered the Lobster Bisque, and Mussels. And my other friends ordered an Italian Sausage Penne, Spaghetti and Meatballs, Linguine Carbonara, and a Seafood Canneloni. The Lobster Bisque was good, and the mussels were pretty good too, though not nearly the best she’s ever had (she’s a hard marker!). The Linguine Carbonara was too salty. I took a tally of what my friends had to say and they all said either 2.5 to 3 out of 5.
By the end of our service, it seemed like our waiter was a bit irritated. We did have an coupon which gave us one free entree, but sadl it was placed on the lowest price one, which was actually an appetizer. Overall, there was nothing “wow” about this restaurant. If you are in the area, and you have an Entertainment Book card, you can get one of your entrees for free. I wouldn’t say stay away, but honestly, it’s just another restaurant out there.
321 Water St