Play Food and Wine
Play Food and Wine
Play Food and Wine
Play Food and Wine
Play Food and Wine
Play Food and Wine
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Play Food and Wine
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Play Food and Wine
Play Food and Wine
Play Food and Wine
Play Food and Wine
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2010 May 3
Hi Not a Foodie:

Thanks so much for your feedback about your recent meal at Play. I'm really happy that you enjoyed a lot of things about your dinner, but I'm really sorry that the food was inconsistent on your visit. I would love to try to turn your experience around if I might. We really believe that no one should pay for dishes that they did not enjoy and I would love to have you back to show you a more consistent experience in line with your favourite dishes that you enjoyed. If you would be open to it, please email me directly at and we can try to arrange something to leaves you with a great taste in your mouth. Many thanks!

Steve Beckta

2010 May 2
I had lunch here with a few friends on the weekend - I love the concept of the place with small plates and tasting samples of wine that pair with each plate. The wine was good..but our experiences with the food were mixed...

Our group tried several of the plates, so here's an overview of our experiences.

Miso Mushroom soup with rare beef - smelled excellent and my friend seemed to really enjoy it...wish I'd gotten it.

tandoori shrimp - disappointing... partly charred shrimp with very little tandoori flavour, on a piece semi-charred haloumi with some vinegary asparagus. The burnt flavour was most prominent...this was true for 2 orders.

"BC Halibut" - nicely seasoned and well cooked, but not the freshest piece of fish, and it showed in the taste.

Quail - one of my friends really enjoyed this.

beef tartare - This didn't taste particularly fresh and seemed under seasoned on its own...oddly tasteless capers. It was served with a bacon fat sauce and a very strong (but good) dijon mustard, and some chips.

scallops - this was the best dish of the bunch. Very nicely cooked scallops with avocado...wish I'd gotten more than a bite!

The chicken pot-pie looked good, though my friends told me it was under seasoned and seemed to add a lot of salt/pepper to add some flavour.

The hanger steak was a definite hit with the people who ordered it - looked excellent.

All of our desserts were good, with my favourite being the mocha tarte, which is served with some lemon shavings.

The service was excellent, and we definitely enjoyed our experience there. The food was a mixed bag, but that's usually the case when you order a variety of dishes at a restaurant. My bill - including 2 plates, 2 tastes of wine, dessert and tip came to just under $50, which isn't bad. We'd consider trying this place again if the menu changed.

2010 Apr 13
This past weekend, I had dinner at Play and Play is a frequent stop for me now. I seem to be dining there monthly which indicates how much I enjoy it.

Even when I became vegetarian, I knew I could continue to find selections from their ever-changing menu.

A few weeks ago, a friend and I went for lunch. Put aside the great service (very consistent at Play), I was somewhat disappointed with my meal: chickpea fritters encased in think naan with a herby rice, and a rapini side. The rapini was fine and came with delicious parmesan shavings, but the chickpea fritter was pretty blase.

My friend ordered the beef tartare and shrimp. She was overjoyed with both plates.

This past weekend, I had dinner at Play and that time, it did not disappoint.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE their virgin caesars. Play obliterates and puts to shame any other restaurant in this cocktail. I down about two to three per visit. Needless to say Saturday night was no exception. Yum!

Since the menu hadn't changed from my previous visit and I wasn't too keen on any particular veggie-only dishes, I asked whether they could:

1. replace the rare beef in the miso mushroom soup with something else
2. make something up by preparing a melange of their various veggie side offerings which normally would come with their meat pairings

Play completely accommodated my request, and as usual the service was top-notch throughout our entire three-hour eat, drink and chat fest.

1. They added more mushrooms and some crispy shallots - the broth was divine and the entire dish was lovely
2. They prepared a custom-made plate comprising (forgive the fact that my memory and descriptions won't come close to giving credit to what actually came on the plate) taro chips (yum), layered dip with tomato, avocado and pickled beets, and a mix of roasted squash, rapini, brussel sprouts, carrots and other winter vegetables lightly coated in a cream sauce

My friend happened to order the exact things my other (lunch) friend had and was equally as pleased with the selections.

All in all, a very lovely experience.

2010 Feb 28
Oh, man. They've added pickled ginger tempura to their roster of available sides. It's killer. And they serve it with a nice little tamarind dipping sauce on the side, for zippy contrast.

2010 Feb 11
Pigs cheeks - Play finally let me try pigs cheeks and they were delightful. Thanks to Mike for keeping on creating great food.
I love the fact when you love a wine you sample at Play, they will tell you how to get it - my home cellar and friends thank you!

2010 Jan 24
Have eaten here on several occasions and have always come out of the restaurant over the moon. The service is amazing and the food is incredible. The tapas style menu lets you try lots of different things and makes it a really great experience for a couple or even a larger group of friends. The food is imaginative, full of flavour and beautifully presented.
Although my husband and I haven't had a chance to enjoy a full night out at Beckta yet, Play is completely affordable and this coupled with the wonderful food and service makes it one of the best places in town for sure. Cannot wait to go back! (Also excited to try Beckta at some point and hope it measures up!)
P.S. You can bring your own wine and have it with dinner for a $15 corking fee.

2010 Jan 7
Came here on Oct 21st for lunch with my husband for our anniversary. I can't believe I forgot to write a review!

I'll do the best I can from memory.

First I want to say that the service was absolutely perfect. It was warm, welcoming, fun but not SO casual that it lost it's sense of professionalism.

Food was really great;

-beet waldorf salad - great flavours, a little TOO much blue cheese for my taste but I'm not the hugest blue cheese fan so someone who likes it more would totally love this.

- gnocchi with mushrooms - I could have eaten about 4 plates of this. The gnocchi was fluffy, the mushroom were succulent... ok now I want to go back and have this for lunch tomorrow...

- onion rings - they were almost paper thin and they had a curry coating. They were really really super fantastic.

- I forget what dessert I got,it might have been the pear coffee cake. That seems like something I would get.

My husband got the salmon gravlax and the scallops with the apple crisp for dessert. He also really enjoyed everything.

I suck at choosing wines so I put that in the hands of our server and was not disappointed.

We will definitely be back next time we have a babysitter!

2010 Jan 1
Pure class Mr. Beckta. If only all restaurateurs were as good... Happy New Year to you as well!

2009 Dec 30
Wow...two reviews on one night. First of all, thank you both for posting Bigmouth and MmmmJ. Thank you also for all of the kind words, but I'm sorry that you didn't enjoy part of your experience Mmmmj. We should have never sent out crostada that was charred or undercooked fish. Some of our plates are better for sharing than others (mixed charucuterie or larger cheese plates), but most are meant to be eaten solo or shared with one or two friends. I would love to try to turn your experience around if you would be open to it. I can be reached directly at and I would love to write a great final chapter to this story if you would let me. Again, thanks for all of the feedback, both good and bad. I hope to see you both again soon. Happy New Year!

2009 Dec 22
Had dinner at Play last night. As always, the experience was great.

Between the two of us, we ordered just a few items:
- beef brisket with orange chili marmalade and hot mustard (delish! the beef is served cold to room temperature)
- hangar steak and frites (one of my faves)
- digby scallops (another fave)
- creme brulee (mmmmmmmmm)
- drinks galore

We were seated upstairs. Mr Beckta was around talking to some guests. The only thing I was not fond of is that I still don't think the ventilation for their open kitchen is adequate.

Besides that, the service was exceptional. Our server, CJ, was very sweet and accommodating. Made the night that much more enjoyable.

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2009 Nov 26
Play's sommelier, Grayson, is the nicest guy. He always goes the extra mile to make us feel welcome, and is extremely adept at providing excellent wine suggestions. He's also quite the comedian, which makes the experience that much more enjoyable.

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2014 May 9
I had the mini baked alaska a few weeks back, which apparently was on the menu quite some time ago. Glad they brought it back. It was the best dessert I've had at a restaurant in recent memory. Chocolate base with After 8 gelato and covered in a soft and sticky peppermint meringue.

2011 Oct 18
Their creme brulee is basically their signature dish, though it changes with the seasons. The first two times that I went to Play, it was an earl grey creme brulee, and I scraped the ramekin down each time. I've since tried the lavender one...another one...and a cinnamon creme brulee with poached pears. Each was magnificent.

2011 Oct 15
I had the lavender crème brûlée here a few months ago, and honestly... I still dream about it. I'm not even a huge crème brûlée fan, nor even a lover of lavender, but it was FANTASTIC! The flavours were perfectly paired, the dessert itself was creamy and light. GET IT!!!

2009 Jul 13
My friend's pavlova. I tried some and thought it was excellent!

2009 Jul 13
The cookies I ordered for dessert. They were good, but I prefer crispy-chewy cookies. These were very shortbread-y. As Fresh Foodie always says "my problem, not theirs" :)

From left to right - lemon poppyseed, chocolate chunk, lemon sugar.

I'm a big chocoholic as well so wouldn't have complained if there were more chocolate chunks in the chocolate chunk one ;)