Next up in our Iqaluit restaurant tour, we're going to up the fancy-quotient a bit and take you to the Discovery Lodge, a hotel that's close to the Iqaluit airport. In Baker Lake, the town's two main restaurants are the dining rooms in the hotels, and Iqaluit's hotels (of which there are a handful), all have dining rooms that are open to the public as well.
The Discovery (or the Disco, as I've heard it referred to) is supposed to be one of the nicest places you can go in Iqaluit. The menu is said to be more up-scale, the service is supposed to be top-notch, and it's a place where you want to take your time and absorb the atmosphere. That being said, I've heard a lot of mixed reviews about the place - some people think it's the best place in Iqaluit and where you want to be when you want a really special dinner, whereas some people say that it's over-rated, really expensive and you get better food/service at other restaurants in town. Colour me intrigued!
Unfortunately, the night that a group of my co-workers decided to go, I had a prior engagement that I couldn't pass up so I watched them leave and asked for pictures of everything! When they returned they said they had a horrible experience and while the restaurant itself was gorgeous, they were the only table in the whole restaurant yet still had bad service and not great food. (I wasn't so envious of my not being able to go after their less than stellar review).
A quick glance through the menu and I could see that it was indeed a pricier one than the hotel we were staying at (the Frobisher, where I love the majority of the things I've had), but it did have a lot more choice and some interesting sounding dishes that I'd have loved to have tried. Perhaps next time I'm back in Iqaluit I will save up for a special night out just to say I tried it, but for now I will be happy knowing that I was lucky enough to miss out on an expensive and not great night!