Ever since a Canadian friend had to unload 2kg of her Grandmother’s frozen homepage perogies hubby and I have been big fans of the Ukrainian/Polish dumpling. When we heard about a Polish restaurant in Inglewood we were all over it! We headed to Cafe Rembrandt with 8 of our closest friends booking a table 2 weeks in advance. Yes we were that keen.
This morning, I spent time perusing the internet reading food blogs about the restaurant and looking at pictures of the mouth watering perogies. I even held out on some afternoon snacks in prep. You can only imagine my dismay when we rocked up and were told we couldn’t have perogies. To further add to our dismay people around us were being served perogies… apparently they had a voucher from some website. To add salt to the wound the waitress was quite rude asking why we didn’t call up and check that we could get perogies. My response – “it’s a polish restaurant with perogies on the menu, why would we ask?”.
One of our friends is a vegetarian, so she was definitely a bit worried. When it came to her turn she asked for the vegetarian croquettes. Response was she couldn’t have it unless she had a voucher. Nothing else on the menu was vegetarian… when the waitress finally clued in she said that she would “make an exception this time”.
After an excruciatingly long wait after our mains we got dessert menus. While we were sitting there the voucher people were getting beautiful polish donuts. The menu stated only on fridays and weekends would they be served. interesting. When the waitress finally came to take our order I started by ordering the honey cake. Then my friend tried ordering the donuts. Not unless you have the voucher was our answer once again. So she tried to order the apple slice with ice cream and was told “not tonight”. To which she decided she wasn’t having anything. I then told the waitress to cancel my order because this was getting ridiculous and we were FULL paying customers watching other people around us eat the food we couldn’t have.
I will say what I had – the cabbage rolls – were good (not great) but what I really wanted and really the only reason we even went there I couldn’t have. We were there for just over two hours to eat only mains. While we were there “voucher” people were seated and left. we were treated like second rate customers.
Completely and utterly ridiculous experience. I would not recommend Cafe Rembrandt to anyone. If you insist on going there I would suggest you call ahead and establish what from their menu they will and won’t be serving.