Friday, August 24, 2018

Star Cinema & Bistro Suisse

Hubby & I took Mumsy to see Mamma Mia! 2 at the Star Cinema. The theatre is so "small town" that they don't even bother giving you a ticket, they know who has paid.  As you can see by the hand-lettered signs, seniors pay $7.50; adults $9.00 and everyone $6 on Tuesdays. Concessions are also very reasonably priced - small popcorn with real melted butter $3 and chocolate bars for $2. There are two screens and all of the pre-movie ads are from local businesses. The theatre is only about a quarter full for the 3 pm showing. We all enjoyed this kitschy romp to ABBA's hits.

Star Cinema
9842 Third Street
Sidney V8L 3A7

The Bistro Suisse is empty when we arrive around 5 o'clock. We're asked if we have a reservation (we didn't) and are seated quickly.  The decor is traditional Swiss and so is the menu with schnitzel featuring prominently. However, there are some interesting vegetarian twists. Mumsy and I order the veggie bratwurst with sauerkraut, red cabbage, onion sauce, rösti, crispy fried onions and dijon mustard, $18.50 (seen here) and hubby picks the Vegetarian Spätzli Casserole an oven-baked dish of spätzli (Swiss drop noodles), mixed veg, mushrooms and cheese, $16.50. It's all very delicious but not piping hot. Hubby had asked for the soup de jour as a starter but it did not arrive. One server chides the other saying, " It's hard to get good help. He's new here" when it was obviously not the case. The running gag continues throughout our meal and starts to grate a little. The restaurant fills up with regulars who are greeted by name and ushered to their usual tables so it's not surprising that the Bistro Suisse is one of the top-rated dining establishments in town.

Bistro Suisse
2470 Beacon Ave,
Sidney V8L 1X8
Tuesday to Saturday 11:00 - 2:00; 4:30 - 8:00 pm

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