1640 Broadway Ave S
Williams Lake BC V2G 2V3
Sun-Thurs 10am-12pm, Fri/Sat 9am-2am
August 7, 2009
My body was an absolute wreck… the end result of my sudden enthusiasm for exercise these past two days. Every joint hurt and my muscles screamed for mercy. To top it off, I had a very long day at work and as I limped my way out towards my car, all I could think was TGIF. And to hell with cooking… I’m gonna persuade Mr O to take me out to dinner tonight! I had wanted to go to the local sushi joint, but as it turned out they were closed for holidays. So instead we headed towards the outer borders of town and had dinner at The Point.
The Point is probably one of the nicest restaurants in Williams Lake and it’s located inside the Chances Signal Point Gaming Casino. The restaurant’s interior had undergone an extensive renovation roughly a year ago and the current ambiance is very contemporary. The main dining room is very well lit and bright, surrounded by large windows that afforded a very nice view of the lake. Further into the establishment there is a lounge sitting area which boasts tones of dark leather and wood. One doesn’t come to Williams Lake expecting this kind of modern decor.
In the summer, two patios are opened for those looking for an outdoor eating experience. And after dinner, you’re but a hop and a step away from the bingo and gambling facilities.
We ordered the calamari to start, cuz I just love the stuff… and believe me, it was soooooo good!! I’m quite confident with the opinion that the calamari here is the best you can find in the Cariboo region. The squid had a nice snap to it without that rubbery sensation that associated with squid that’s been overcooked, and the crispy coating is well seasoned and not heavy at all. Served with it is a small bowl of pepperoncini sauce, which is absolutely delicious and much superior to the regular ol’ tzatziki.
For my main course I ordered the 6 oz sirloin steak and asked for it to be medium rare, with a side of baby potatoes and steamed veggies. My steak arrived more on the medium well-well side, but it was tender enough that it didn’t matter too much. (I’m not one to send food back unless there is something detrimentally wrong with it.) The veggies kept my meal light and the potatoes were pretty fun to eat… they’re crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. They’re like round french fries.
Mr O had the beef ribs which was a plate of 6 long ribs coated in a smoky-honey glaze. He said that there was a fair amount of meat on the bones, although it was probably fattier than those you might get at an actual steakhouse. There was also an uneven distribution of the glaze, so while most of the meat was tasty, there were parts that were rather dry and bland. I had stolen a large chunk of his dinner and really enjoyed the texture of the beef, but I had to concur with him on the sauce issue… there definitely could’ve been more of that sticky honey coating on it.
So as I was taking pictures of our meal for this project, our waiter informed us that there were no cameras allowed within the facility… Oopsies!! My bad! I’ve completely forgotten that we were inside a gambling establishment where no recording devices were allowed… Tee hee! He was very nice about it and I apologised so no scene was made. And the best part is I got to keep the pictures on my camera… bwahahaha!
The Point has a really good creme brulee cheesecake that’s very hard to get because it’s always sold out and tonight was no exception :( Which was just as well I suppose because we were stuffed.
Overall we had a really good time and enjoyed ourselves, but the night came to a rather disappointing end. While the food was quick to come, the service was slow, especially when the restaurant started to fill up with people. We had to ask for our bill two times before finally just making our own way towards the debit machine after about 10 minutes of waiting. It wouldn’t have been too bad to just sit and chat, but they had unfortunately already cleared our table and we didn’t have anything to drink or peck at. To give them credit, there was a lot of space to cover inside the restaurant, and it *was* a busy Friday night. And the waitstaff was friendly the whole night.
We’d still come back.