I have two words for Kaareli's...LOVE IT!!!!
I had been there before in the summer, but mainly for half-priced appetizer night and more of a liquid lunch.......this time suggest to my mom that we should go for dinner!
Here is my review below:
I visited the other night with my mom and totally enjoyed every aspect of the restaurant. My mom is a TRUE foodie and is quick to be disappointed...but she was happy and it showed.
For dinner we had the grilled Sirloin Steak and the rum raisin Pork Tenderloin and when my steak came out medium instead of medium rare...they poured us another glass of wine and promptly fixed the problem. The red wine pepper sauce with the beef was quite tasty. We started off with the Hummus and Crab Cakes, very very nice.
Lastly, that damn Chocolate Fondue. Heaven!!!! Our waitress also offered us a new Port on the menu which was perfect.
I loved the restaurant and the fact that it only holds about 40ppl comfortably. Our wait staff was "on it" and aimed to please and were not annoying. The owner came by to see how we were and was very friendly and pleasant. We were also in good company, many great conversations were being held all around us and we actually ran into old family friends there.
It's definitely a great addition to the neighbourhood -- just a smaller, more intimate scale than all the testosterone-driven restaurants, etc in the area - with simply prepared, delicious food.
It is an interesting mix of mid-scale and cozy/down-home. It's not your everyday place -- entrees are mostly in the mid-teens to $20s, but the ingredients are pristine -- it's the kind of place that has comfort written all over it
The real home-run they have going is the service. Nice people matter. And these people were very nice. From the greeter (who accommodated us at the bar without reservations) to our attentive, friendly, very well informed server and we were made to feel very very comfortable and appreciated.
So - we will definitely back. It will be interesting to see how the restaurant grows into itself. It's a really nice addition to the downtown Burlington neighbourhood. And our server told us that they accept larger parties in the back room. (they had one going when we were there).
So all and all glad for this restaurant, the staff again very very nice, food is good, glad we found it
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