After a grueling Saturday (we pulled out a 15+ year old Euonymous that took up about 10′ x 20′ in our front yard — we were quoted around $800 to remove!), we needed something restful to do – road trip. Sunday proved to be a dull and dreary day, with showers promised throughout, so we decided to head down to wine country and do some wondering and eating. It’s peach season in Ontario so, of course, we had to pick some up…and boy, are they GOOD! I love fresh, local fruit.
First, we headed down to Niagara Falls to check out Canada One Factory Outlets that was having a huge sale — a real dud! There was however a Coach store; I am not a fan, but I am consistently amazed at how many people are. They stand in line to pay $200 for a purse. Really? 90% aren’t even leather. And they have the Coach brand pasted all over them, so you not only pay an exorbitant price, you are a walking billboard. Insert Head scratching here.
Back to the day. Niagara was overcast, but great for driving. We took the scenic road to Port Dalhousie where we dined at one of our favourite restaurants, Treadwells. We’ve been a few times, and the owner always recognizes us. We sat outside on their lovely patio, getting a few intermittent rays.
We started with the Charcuterie platter, which had local Prosciutto (very tasty), duck liver paté (which was more like a rilette), a couple of different salamis (local) then without thinking, we both ordered a meaty dish! I had the Steak Tartar and JT had the Croque-Monsieur. Although we both found the charcuterie a bit on the pricey side ($20) it was plentiful and a nice variety of flavours. And supplied with enough bread. There were two sauces and a pickle, a roasted red pepper puré and a very nice apricot chutney. The pickle was a mustard-like sauce on very tiny blanched cauliflower. All three added a nice punch to the meat and paté. About the only thing neither of us was keen on was a pig cheek bacon — we both felt it should have been crispy, instead it was just greasy and sloppy. I’d order the charcuterie again, but perhaps following it with a salad next time, instead.
The Croque-Monsieur looked amazing and the thick cut fries were a true indulgence, unfortunately, my tartar was a bit gristly which kind of turned me off (they immediately removed it from our bill). We enjoyed both with local wines. We were both too full for dessert.
Overall rating (in my opinion): Decor 4/5 (they have a lovely patio along side a damned river. We were one of two couples and it was very private), service 4/5, food 4/5, Value 3/5, Noise: 4/5 (1 being very noisy, and 5 being very quiet).