The location is more than convenient for those equipped with a license and vehicle, as it offers a substantial amount of parking in a well-illuminated lot. The spacious plaza is also home to Shoppers, Tim Hortons, as well as my personal fave: McDonald’s.
Personally, I tend to steer clear of AYCE establishments, for I am never able to consume an amount sufficient enough to validate the experience economically. But Christmas dinners are a group decision; I took to selecting the more unique-sounding items during my stay for the sake of curiosity.
“Ahhh.” I thought to myself, “I see how it is now.” The grimy menu was lifted from the razor sharp walk-in clinic-esque paper of a placemat and perused for further options while munching away.
I was later told that the platters that arrived later in the evening faired better in quality and freshness, though I did not confirm this myself.
The Marinated Seafood Salad was tart however didn't retain hints of any other seasoning nor flavour. It was bland for the most part, with the vinegar's only apparent purpose to be for the removal of fishiness.
A 2-piece Coconut Shrimp dish comprised of two small specimens of butterflied shrimp battered in a generous layer of toasted coconut flakes and a side of sweet chili sauce. It was actually an item I was quite fond of in terms of concept, but ultimately resulted in failure due to the lack of oil drainage. Had a sheet of paper been placed underneath (like with the Tempura Basket), the finished product would have been crispy and significantly less greasy. Points were also deducted for an almost indiscernible coconut-y aroma.
The aforementioned are likely the only two items I would order again at full price.
Speaking conclusively, I cannot foresee another AYCE experience at this Spoon & Fork location, but I would be willing to try their more popular items in a more leisurely lunchtime setting. Numerous areas could have undergone improvements in hygiene control: sticky menus, crumbs sandwiched between table partitions, peeling bathroom facilities – just to name a few. Nonetheless, the dinner was enjoyable as whole. Variety was aplenty, even if standardized quality was not.