One of my friend always loved this place, and I had been there once a long time ago, but that was with a really large group of 20+, and all I can remember is that those individuals that ordered their signature dish – okonomiyaki, never got theirs until everyone else finished their dinner. I recall angry customers and not so positive impression regarding the speed of service.
This time, I went with Sheepie, so I had more time to look around and observe. The restaurant was filled with interesting murals all over their wall. The furniture looked like it was from an old club. I wonder if they intentionally did the interior to look like this, hence the name of the restaurant, or when the took over the old place, they named it Clubhouse because of it’s look and kept it that way. The booth benches have Victorian patterns – not sure where this fits in. Also, as to why their website’s header image is of a person golfing, I have no idea. I don’t get any of this random mixture of things.
Spicy Tuna roll $2.95
Chicken Yakisoba $8.50
Yokozuna set $13.95
I ordered the Spicy Tuna roll $2.95 and Chicken Yakisoba $8.50. The roll was good and was with the nori (seaweed) on the outside, unlike most places which has the rice on the outside. So it was bit smaller than your usual Spicy Tuna roll. The yakisoba was also good, but it was super oily, and was dieing of thirst afterwards. Simply, too much salt, soy sauce and MSG. Sheepie ordered the Yokozuna set $13.95. Tea is extra! but only 50 cents.
The restaurant is spacious with good service and prices. If you are paying by card, it’s the old fashioned way and you’ll need to pay at the till. I think I need to go back to try more dishes – perhaps the okonomiyaki
This time, I finally ordered their specialty dish, the Okonomiyaki. You are warned at the time of warning that it will take approximately 30 minutes. I acknowledged, but it seemed more than 30 minutes, especially when everyone else was getting their other dishes.
However, the okonomiyaki was pretty good. I ordered the Chicken Okonomiyaki and Tuna Tataki $8.50. The okonomiyaki was pretty filling, and I couldn’t finish it. A woman from Osaka (in the area where Okonomiyaki is from) had a bite of mine and she approved. My friend ordered the squid one, and I actually liked it more. It went well with the sauce and filling better than chicken. My other friend was extremely happy about the food.
Sheepie and I returned one weekend, and back again the following weekend with a large group of about 15 or so people. I can’t recall why I was so full….I know I had an event earlier, and I had eaten all day. But feeling a bit bad for not ordering anything, I had Edamame $3.50. Yes, you can buy a frozen bag of Edamame for less, and considering all you have to do is boil and add salt, it’s a bit overpriced.
Anyways, service was poor, and the non-complimentary tea was the poor kind. Yellowish with no flavour. Overall, the people at my table didn’t enjoy their dining experience. 1 carrot lost for Service. This wasn’t the first time that the service was lacking.