Last week I posted a request for restaurant recommendations in Elora. We stayed nearby over Saturday night and had dinner at Bailey's - a good choice, on the whole.
The restaurant is in central Elora (sorry, I wasn't driving so I didn't pay attention to where it was exactly) - very cozy and attractive. There were 4 of us and we didn't have reservations but they were able to accommodate us. We started with two shared apps of roasted red pepper hummus and moules mariniere. The hummus was odd, but tasty. I couldn't detect much of a chick pea undertone, so I suspect it was more red pepper than hummus. Nice, but probably needs another name. The mussels were outstanding. I don't know where these people get their mussels from - Elora is hardly in seafood country - but they were incredibly plump, perfectly cooked and absolutely delicious. The sauce was light and lemon/wine-ish. Mellow - fabulous. It's usually with some hesitation that I order mussels in a restaurant but these were some of the best I've eaten anywhere.
Mains. Two of us ordered braised lamb shank in red wine sauce. It arrived sort of lukewarm, with the sauce glutinously coating the shank in a slightly peculiar way. It looks like they thickened the sauce with corn starch or something and then it clung to the meat while it cooled slightly on the plate. The lamb was tender and tasty, but I think they need to serve the dish much hotter and get rid of the thickener. The accompanying veggies were really good - stir fried melange and some excellent potatoes.
One of us ordered the Szechuan noodles with chicken. I didn't taste it myself, and my friend didn't comment on the dish except to note that there was no chicken. None. I guess they forgot to put it in. Our server was on her first dinner shift ever, so my friend didn't complain although I would have.
The wine was, as reported by the person who recommended the restaurant, well priced. I would go back there again, but might try other things on the menu. What I did like about the place was that there were a LOT of vegetarian options available. I am not a vegetarian myself, but I often end up eating with one and it's so difficult to find a place that can offer a real choice to a vegetarian without depriving a carnivore of their meat.
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