When Rogue opened this summer we had heard mixed reviews the first few weeks but figured that now was a good time to give it a try after some of the initial kinks would be worked out. The restaurant is located in the Waterfront Station on Cordova Street in the space that was formerly occupied by the Continental restaurant. The space is divided into four sections. The entrance leads to the Wetbar which is a fairly large space filled with long bar tables lit from below, stools and TV’s. The bar leads to the Den which is the long and narrow main dining area with tables along the window and banquets along the inside. At the back of the Den is a smaller more intimate bar called the Lounge and upstairs in the Platform tables line the railing and look over into the Den. It is quite a large space and was very busy when we arrived for our 12:30 Friday lunch reservation in the Den.
The menu is large and includes sections for starters, soups & salads, pastas, pizza, hand helds and entrees with at least five choices in each. The four of us chose to share the Fries X3 to start. The trio came on a platter with three separate steel bowls of hand cut Kennebec fries (I later found out that Kennebec is a type of potato). The toppings were gorgonzola cream & bacon, poutine and truffle oil and parmesan. The poutine was fairly ordinary but the gorgonzola cream was delicious. The truffle and parmesan were covered with a lot of parmesan but could have used a bit more truffle oil. For lunch the four of us chose three different items. Jeff had the Lobster Mac & Cheese which was very rich with four types of cheese and had a good amount of large lobster chunks. There was leftovers for lunch the next day. I had the Fish Tacos and so did my Aunt. The mahi-mahi was grilled and cooked well and served with an avocado cream and mango salsa. The flavor was good but could have been a bit spicier for my liking. The tomato basil soup side was very good. My Uncle chose the Three Cheese Sandwich with grilled bacon and tomato on sourdough bread. It looked really gooey and will likely be my choice on our next visit. There are at least 20 brews on tap and almost the same number of wines by the glass. We chose a bottle of Quail’s Gate Gamay Rose which was perfect for the afternoon.
Service and Location
The service was quite good despite how busy the restaurant was and the location is great. It is a good meeting place for those who do not live within walking distance but arrive by Sky Train, Canada Line or Seabus and it is also an easy walk from most parts of downtown. The Wetbar looks like a fun place to gather and the starters menu has a few things we would like to try. No doubt we will be back sometime soon.
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