For our monthly gossip session, Fannypack and I visited The Ascot with a Groupon in hand. As we approached the restaurant we were impressed by the swanky hipster-looking storefront. However it did look out of place for its location, as it’s near Richards and W. Pender.
Stepping in the hipster-factor was confirmed. It definitely looked good and rustic with its huge brick-face wall and chandeliers. Vintage would be the theme I supposed. The night we visited happened to be a night where they had a paint class type of thing. We were not part of it but we saw the group of people all learning to paint the same picture.
We were trying to decide between the Halibut Ceviche ($8) or the Cold Smoked Duck ($10). Finally we picked the Halibut Ceviche since it’s supposed to be made fresh in-house everyday, and is therefore served in limited quantities.
Fannypack and I both decided that it was too tart and basically tasteless. To me the fish was mushy and we definitely needed the pita chips to cut down on the acidity. However towards the bottom of the glass it became less tart, so the sour start could be due to a squeeze of lemon or lime juice at the top. This was definitely not my favorite of the night. (Should’ve gotten the duck….)