Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Popseys Restaurant, 1090 Ironwood Street, Campbell River, B.C - - (250) 286-4828

It took me one month of driving past the big white banner to realize the word BUFFET was attached to the end of it. A combination of blaring sun, and a lifetime of being used to seeing roast beef and yorkshire NIGHT banners, is what caused the delay, but here we are.

The decor was beautiful. Wood tables and chairs, and nice coffee cups, and absolutely gorgeous curtains made me feel like momma was cookin' for me round the bend. Oh my god this place was AMAZING. The people were friendly and it felt like I was eating in rural Montana.

The first section of the buffet was the salads. Two types of potato salad, traditional and red, with green pepper, onion and cucumber salad and a wonderful looking fruit medley. I tried the potato salad, and it tasted like what potato salad tastes like. I really have to commend Popseys on their presentation.

In the main entree section, mashed potatoes, baked potatoes and garlic-cheese scalloped potatoes sat alongside carrot and cauliflower mash and several better tasting items.

The carrot and cauliflower mash was bland and boring yet understandable considering it is typically used as a side dish during a roast beef dinner, which is what this buffet was. The abundance of potato dishes can also be alluded to the roast beef dinner equation. I was a little upset over this fact, but not entirely disturbed.

The lasagna pictured in the bottom right container was top notch, and homemade. It was topped generously with mozzarella, and the beef was moist and had an orange, oily glisten; always a good sign for taste.

The buffet also had a trio of oriental dishes, including original versions of chow mein and fried rice, and an accidental Kentucky Fried Chicken taste-a-like. The sweet and sour chicken was perfectly crispy and glorious in terms of taste, almost mocking the taste of KFC's boneless wings.

The carving station was also glorious. The roast beef was almost perfect, just cooked a little under medium, and was injected with garlic. If you look above, in the bottom left corner of the picture there is a white heater with a pair of tongs in it. There was turkey meat, dark and white separated, with stuffing in it.

Around the corner was a little station featuring both chicken and beef gravy, as well as homemade horseradish, mustard and cranberry salsa. The cranberry salsa was one of a kind, and the yorkshire puddings were abundantly displayed (I don't like Yorkshire pudding, but I heard some "mmm's" from the old people eating beside me).

All in all Popseys was a positive, but not an overwhelming experience. The food was average, apart from a few flaws in the potato department, and a carrot/cauliflower puke-mash, but there were a couple of nice surprises. The roast beef was also very good, but it would have been nice if a number of the potato dishes were substituted with meat. This is an extremely filling buffet!

Price for Dinner SUNDAY ONLY: $12.95 + tax


dk said...

Great review.

If you find yourself going in the direction of Port Alberni this weekend, do you feel like doing a review of Lake Country Burgers?

It's at 7775 Pacific Rim Highway.

Just opened in May I think.

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