May 6, 2012
Georgio's Contemporary Dining
Labels: Eating Out
Georgio's Contremporary Dining can be found on 1520 3 Ave S in Lethbridge, Alberta. Parking can be found beside the restaurant, and more spaces clear up around dinner time when neighbouring businesses close for the evening. The inside has a bit of a Tuscan feel to it, and is clean and presentable. There seems to be a private dining area upstairs, but they had a party going on and I was unable to view it. It's a formal restaurant, not one for jeans and t-shirts, but you don't have to be overly fancy at the same time. Just dress up nice folks!
We had looked at Urban Spoon Reviews to scout out the restaurant before heading off, and the reviews were all fairly positive. The calamari especially seemed to be a standout, and being a favourite of ours, it was going to happen! We were seated promptly and our waiter was on the ball with our drink order. While I had a beer with dinner, the fiance ordered a caesar. It was... nothing special, and very close to below average. It had all the right ingredients... but something seemed to be off about it, I'm not quite sure what it was. Sometimes that just happens and you can't do anything about it.
For dinner I had ordered the seafood lasagna, and the fiance had the Linguine Angelina with artichokes and capers. Disappointment. For such a fancy restaurant, I definitely expected a little bit more presentation to go into mine. It was burnt to the bowl and seemed oddly misshaped. The flavour was also disappointing. Made with a dill and white wine sauce, I didn't get either flavour, but instead a strong salty, creamy mix that reminded me more of a bad Alfredo sauce. The dish was all noodle, with a single skinny layer of imitation crab and a few (probably around 4-5) small pieces of shrimp. The flavour was completely lacking and definitely wasn't what I had expected.
The fiance's promised artichoke hearts and capers were nonexistent in her dish, and like mine, lacked flavour. The vegetables that did make it into her bowl didn't seem to suit the dish. They seemed to be whatever was simply lying around the kitchen. Both dishes actually seemed to have the same unappetizing sauce that did nothing for the tastebuds. The fiance stated that her shrimp was overcooked and the chicken (much like my crab) seemed to be from a package instead of fresh. Disappointment.
We were tempted by dessert, but remained full from the appetizers and the half eaten main courses. They did have some good selections that I wouldn't mind trying at some point, but I'm still disappointed about the dinner. The price at the end was fair and about what I had expected for the night out, but would have been better suited for better tasting meals.
Staff and Service - C+
Food and Flavours - C-
Atmosphere - B