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vineland estates

garp | Jan 16, 2006 11:30 AM

This weekend I had a chance to visit the Vineland Estates for dinner. First of all, if you are looking for a cozy and romantic winter spot, this one offers plenty of it.

The food is good, not spectacular - then again, we didn't go for the prix fixed. Although the appetizer portions were huge and very good, the mains (rib steak, arctic char, hen and goat cheese ravioli) were ... well, not memorable. The goat cheese ravioli came with duck confit .. the shreds of duck pieces were unedibly overcooked and tasted like shoestrings. The rib steak apparently had no flavour. The dessert platter (we had a sample of 7 different desserts) was very good.

Kudos go to our server who was charming and intent on making sure that we were happy with our meal experience: When she punched in one appetizer wrong, she apologized and offered us a free dessert platter (which really wasn't necessary since the "late" appetizer only arrived a few minutes after the other appetizers). What really wooed me was when we told her that we wanted to order a bottle or several glasses of ice wine but were not sure which ones to choose - she came back with all the opened bottles (and unopened ones for the 2004 selection, saying that these would be opened anyways for the ice wine festival) and gave us 2 glasses each so we could try a variety. And charged us only $20 for 4 on the bill!

Overall, the experience was positive. The food could be a bit better executed, but service was flawless. The total bill came to about $270 including a bottle of wine, appetizers, mains and espresso for 4 people.

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