Hi everyone! In my last post I mentioned that my mom and I went for dinner at The Springs Restaurant, but I left you hanging on the details of our meal. Well I’m back to fill you in!I first found out about The Springs Restaurant last year shortly after it opened in October 2011, and I heard nothing but good things about it. And what really piqued my interest was its focus on using fresh, seasonal ingredients – using quality ingredients always makes such a difference in a meal!
So my mom and I went into the restaurant with really high hopes, which is never really a good idea. I think if we had come here without any expectations, we would have been impressed with it, but because we had such high hopes for the restaurant, we were unfortunately let down.
One of my main complaints was the service. Our waiter came off as a bit unfriendly and nonchalant – I just didn’t get the impression that he cared about serving us. And when he talked about the specials for the night, he spoke only to my mom and didn’t look at me at all. It really irks me when I’m not treated as an equal when eating out with my parents! He also didn’t come back to our table once during the meal, which meant I didn’t get a refill on my water.
This left a bitter taste on my tongue and took away from the otherwise good meal. To start we were brought out some bread, which was still warm from the oven. It was delicious!
Next I had the Wildwood Greens Salad, which was a huge portion of fresh seasonal greens with roasted beets, nika cheese from Monforte Dairy, oven dried tomatoes, shallots, and toasted hemp seeds tossed in a citrus wolfberry vinaigrette. This was an awesome combination of flavours – especially that dressing!
I barely even needed an entree after that bread and salad, but the Harrar Espresso and Black Pepper Crusted Venison Loin was calling my name. It came with root vegetable frites, a chili arugula salad and chocolate pomegranate gastrique. And ohhh my goodness was that gastrique ever amazing. I wanted to dip my fingers in it at the end to get every last drop, but since we were out in public I refrained. The venison itself was good too, however a bit overcooked for my liking. Also I just want to comment on the fact that this entree was served in a bowl – how does one eat a steak out of a bowl!?!
Overall the food was good, but it was just missing the wow factor that I was expecting. The flavours were predictable, the meals lacked cohesion and the plating was boring. But the food itself tasted good, which is why I would go back to give it another chance. And to order a vat full of that chocolate pomegranate gastrique!
Have you ever been really disappointed in the service at a restaurant? Do tell!
What do you think of chocolate in a savoury dish?