“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 the Ontario heirloom tomato and artisan cheese salad, with heirloom greens, toasted pumpkin seeds, and a 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. It came with 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 – 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.
Overall it wasn’t the great experience I was expecting it to be, but perhaps the restaurant was having an off night – I’m sure Taste of Burlington keeps them busy and may be a bit less attentive in the kitchen than usual. I hope to try Red Canoe Bistro again another time after this restaurant week is over!
What do you do when you have a subpar dining experience at a restaurant?
What’s your favourite fish to order at a restaurant?