“It’s the most wonderful time of the year...”
Nope, I’m not talking about Christmas. I’m talking about Taste of Burlington – otherwise known as restaurant week. I mean, what could be better than several top notch restaurants offering 3 course dinners for only $30-40 apiece?! It’s like Christmas morning for a foodie!
To celebrate the arrival of my mom’s long-time friend, the four of us (my mom and dad, me, and Kathy) went out to dinner at Red Canoe, a fairly new bistro that has received great reviews. It’s known for its “modern Canadian cuisine” and use of locally sourced ingredients.
My parents didn’t like the decor – I thought it was cute, but I agree that it didn’t really complement the restaurant’s image. It made it look like a cafe, rather than an upscale restaurant.
To drink we split a bottle of NK'mip Cellars 2007 merlot from the Okanogan Valley in BC. I don't normally order merlot, but I really liked this wine!
When it came to ordering the food, we all decided to venture off the tasting menu. I started with:
Ontario heirloom and artisan cheese salad, heirloom greens, toasted pumpkin seeds, shallot and cold pressed soya oil vinaigrette
This was fantastic! The tomatoes were so flavourful and I loved the blue cheese on top.
For my entree I decided to try a locally caught pickerel since I’d never tried this fish before.
Pan seared Manitoulin pickerel, roast local Beauregard yams, local cherry and wild leek chutney
I wasn’t really impressed with this dish. It wasn’t bad, but the fish was a tad overcooked and not very flavourful. The vegetables weren’t anything exciting either.
For such an expensive restaurant, I was also a bit surprised by its service. The waitstaff seemed disorganized and amateurish – it took more than 30 minutes for them to even take our drink orders! And they were out of the first 2 beers my dad tried to order, so he had to settle for his third choice.
My parents were really irritated by this, which I understand because when you’re paying good money for food, you expect good service. However, I don’t think you should let bad service ruin your night. Even if the food and service are subpar, at least you can enjoy the company.
What do you do when you have a bad dining experience at a restaurant?
What's your favourite fish to order at a restaurant?
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