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Follow-up Rousseau House Ancaster

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Follow-up Rousseau House Ancaster

jcanncuk | Jan 15, 2007 02:50 AM

Well, it ain't cheap ($25-40 per entree) and it wasn't very busy. Even though it was a "special occaision" dinner and I was told when I made the reservation, that we would be seated in the fine dining area upstairs, we were seated in the sun room area off the bar area. It was fine, but I would've appreciated it if I had known in advance.

We shared apps - an "Aussie shrimp" special which was pretty good & crab cakes which were a bit oily, but OK. I prefer them light and fluffy - these were a bit more fish cake like than crab cake like.

Dinner - Arctic char with a maple butter with sides of squash and potatoes. Pretty good. Fish overcooked.
Scallops on orzo with tomatoes and fresh peas - reportedly v. good.
Lamb chops with jus and roasted potatoes. V.good.

Overall, the entrees were good, but too much sauce. I like my food a little more "up front" and simple rather than buried in rich sauce. It was still pretty good overall.

Dessert: Raspberry cheesecake - v/good
Orange-Chocolate creme brulee- good. A but puddingy in texture
Chocolate-pecan tart - good.

Wine list - extensive and expensive. Nothing in the $30 range and hardly anything $40 ish.

Service - attentive, but despite mentioning at the time of the reservation and during dinner that it was my MILs Bday - no recognition whatsoever. Usually expect a candle in dessert or something (or more typically a dessert or after dinner drink on the house).

All in all, I would go back if I wasn't up to driving into TO, but it is very $$$ for the experience. Maybe a busier night in the upstairs dining room might have made it more of a fine dining experience.

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