My girlfriend and I were so pleased to get away after all of the craziness of Valentines day. While the love is still in the air, and the travelers are back home from their weekends away, we enjoyed a two nights stay at the Sterling Inn, midweek which included one 3 course a la carte dinner at the AG located in Niagara Falls (no view of the falls to mention). The dining room is located in the basement of the hotel. AG ~ Inspired Cuisine was the name of the restaurant. We were impressed with the courteousness upon being greeted by our server and the Dining Room Manager/ Sommelier. We were graciously ushered to our seat, the best seat in the place (being the only ones in the restaurant besides a reso of four, I don't think it was that large of an accommodation but a treat nonetheless.
AS A SIDE NOTE: If you are ever looking forward to having a particular wine at a restaruant don't hesitate to call to make sure they are still carrying it. Wine lists are constantly altered.
*After browsing the website i had found a wine that I was particularly interested in trying that evening, the Tawse Echo's Red 2005. However the wine list had not been updated so that was not going to happen. I had decided to go with the Tawse Pinot Noir 2007 instead. Still one of my favourites.
Our orders were promptly taken after our wine, well my wine and her sling were delivered.
We began our culinary journey with an amuse of Sauvergine, quails egg, forest mushroom salad and a dijon vinaigrette. It was a creative start to our evening, with scents of the Sauvergine and truffle oil.
Our appetizers followed shortly after that.
My Lady had chosen a wild mushroom risotto to begin followed by strozzapreti pasta with a cream sauce and beef tenderloin.
I found her risotto to be a tad on the al dente side for my liking, however the pasta was definitely made a la minute and was so delicious.
I myself had chosen the Artichoke Veloute with a smoked trout garnish * I always enjoy when soup is poured after they explain the garnish at the bottom of the wide brimmed bowl, it puts a smile on my face and I anticipate the first plunge into the bowl, making sure to scoop a bit of everything,
This was followed by a brie crusted beef tenderloin (rare and perfectly rare) with herb rosti, sauteed greens, and red currant foie gras jus.
The service and quality of food was just amazing. It was about ten p.m when we decided we had enough of sitting around. Our deserts (white chocolate mousse, and Chocolate tart) were nothing to rave about, my guess is that there is not a pastry chef in house. However they were delivered to our room with the leftover pinot, mmm. That kind of service is enough to forget the bland sweets.
All in all the experience was great. It is difficult to find respectful cuisine in a city loaded with bright lights and fast-food chains this was certainly a gem in Niagara Falls.
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