Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Pacific Buffet - BC Ferry

On Sunday afternoon, I came back from Victoria to Tsawwassen and for the first time, tried out their Pacific Buffet.  I heard about this buffet, but never saw it for myself.  Admittedly, I don't travel on the ferry very much, but as soon as I came up from the parking deck, it was smack in front of me, begging me to try it out, haha!  It was meant to be.

The pricing is a up there - $22, but I think it was worth it.....I think.  Sure, the ferry has a White Spot with burgers and other cafeteria stuff, but that's not exactly cheap either.

Like Janice over at Good Eat said, I'm a sucker for mashed potatos as well, haha! I picked up some mashed potatos, some deep fried chicken wings, some pasta, some butter chicken, some sweet and sour pork, and the roast beef for round one. Haha, butter chicken and sweet and sour pork, hilarious. I was talking about sterotyical food items with my boss from my dayjob and we had a laugh about it because we had a pot-luck lunch one day, and he brought butter chicken because he's East Indian, and I brought sweet-and-sour pork since I'm Chinese. He said that he NEVER eats butter chicken at home, and my dad used to laughs at me for being such a banana whenever I used to ask for sweet and sour pork.
Anyway, butter chicken was a little off from what I was used to (Curry Express, haha!), but still very edible......

......the sweet and sour pork was about as good as Foody-Goody ever was - which was crap. The pasta had a bit too much vegetation in it so I ddin't get that on my second round, and the prawns were good and so was the salmon surprisingly, but there wasn't a whole lot left so I stuffed myself with the roast beef, haha!
I know, this doesn't look very appetizing, but they didn refill it, I just never bothered to go back to take pictures because I was too busy stuffing my face.

The server at the roast beef was very accomodating for this greedy customer, haha!  I asked for fat, bloody hunks of meat and he found it for me.  Round one was awesome, and I was debating if I should wait a bit longer for items to be replenished, or go back and start on round two before my stomach realized it was already full.  Needless to say, I went back for a secound plate of roast beef, shrimp and salmon.  There were no mashed potatos when I went back and it was replaced with oven roasted potatos, which I passed on.

The desert section was huge, and had a counter all of it's own (well, so did the salad section, but I skipped that area entirely) and I loaded up on chocolate cakes of all sorts of varieties.  I have no idea what they were all called individually, but everything asted surprisingly good for a buffet.

Overall, I was purdy satisfied with my experience. It was better than the buffet at River Rock Casino, and definitely better than Uncle Willy's, but you're also paying $10 more than Uncle Willy's. Would I go back? Absolutely. I don't ride the ferry very often, but if I were ever on that boat again, and didn't have dinner, I would definetly get in on that action. The view is spectacular (front of the boat), the service was great (all the servers were friendly and very professional (probably of the same calibre as a reputable hotel buffet), and the food was pretty fine.

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  1. Hey, Peter. This site will replace the Canadian Food Guide from now on, for me ;-)

  2. Hey Edward,

    Haha, thanks for reading, glad I could be of help =)


  3. I have not eaten on the ferry for years, but it looks like they upgraded the buffet quite a bit! It used to be small with very little variety. But still, $22... for stereotypical fare on a ferry... I don't know...

  4. Hey krispymilk,

    Haha, I know, it's over inflated, just like movie theatre food. Kind of a toss up, so if you're starving, and you can really pack it away (haha, and I don't mean show up with tuppaware and zip-loc bags!), you got a decent meal with a good view.



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