On Friday night we headed into Barrie from the cottage for dinner. We happened to stop by Costco (Barrie) on the way and saw that they had coupons for the restaurant (two $50 coupons for $79.95) so we picked those up. The coupons specify that you can only use one per visit, but the waiter checked and they allowed us to use both - fantastic! Dinner was delicious and we plan to return.
We entered into a long hall lined with artwork by local artists. To our left, a rustic, yet updated, dining room, and straight to the back a lounge with a more modern twist.
We were seated promptly in the dining room and given a choice of tables. There was a large group of girls at the front, so the server seated us away from them, however the group was quite loud at times.
We took a few minutes with the menu, and asked the server for advice, before settling on The Painters Hall Sharing Palette, the Braised Beef Short Rib, and the French Bone in Pork Chop. We also ordered a bottle of red from their excellent selection of wines.
The Sharing Palette was amazing. It came with Trout Gravlax, House Made Bacon (Pork), Wild Boar Bacon, Lamb Bacon, Venison Sausage,
Oka Cheese, Bleu Elizabeth Cheese, Organic White Cheddar, Cinnamon Braised Pears, Cranberry Relish, and Candied Pistachios. The Lamb and Wild Boar Bacon were standouts, but everything on the platter was delicious. The trout was livened up with some dill, the cranberries and pear boasted a bit of sweet, while the candied pistachios added a nice sweet and salty flavor. This was, by far, one of the most enjoyable charcuterie plates I have ever tasted.
My main course was equally scrumptious. I savored each mouthful of the tender, yet moist and flavorful beef rib. It was served with vegetables and a potato pave (layered potatoes). Everything was delicious.
My husband enjoyed his pork chop, but did mention it could have used a bit more flavor. I tried the Cheddar and Corn Risotto that it came with and it was very tasty - I would have been happy with a meal of just that! I also had a small bite of the Peach Chutney and it was good as well.
For dessert, I had the featured crème brûlée - amaretto. Crème brûlée is one of my favorite desserts and this one did not disappoint. A generous portion with a perfectly brûléed top, and a creamy custard with the perfect amount of amaretto to delight your taste buds.
Service was very good throughout the meal.
My only suggestion to the restaurant is that it would be nice if they would seat large groups in the lounge area, so that the dining room could maintain it's intimate ambiance.
I highly recommend a visit to Painter's Hall if you are in the Barrie area, or just passing through. I can't wait to come back and try the Handmade Fettuccine!