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Ancaster Old Mill review.


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Ancaster Old Mill review.

wookert | Jun 22, 2008 08:04 PM

Wife, me and our 4 year old future foodie.

Wife -
Warm Wild Mushroom Sauté on Brioche Toast fresh herbs, sweet peas & crème fraiche
(review: wonderful "mushroominess" mushrooms were sliced very thin, but still retained a little bite to them, the sweet peas and pea shoot garnish were spectacular, very fresh and obviously local)

Forsyth Farm Lamb “Two Ways” sous vide” rack with braised shoulder stew, olives, tomatoes & basil
(review: lamb rack was nice and tender, very full lamb flavour, not at all overpowering as it can sometimes be. Lamb stew was not stellar, but good, stew sauce was very nice, herby, rich and earthy)

Fruit on the bottom Creme brulee with rhubarb and candied walnuts
(review: not the best creme brulee we've had, prefer the custard firmer and not so much like butterscotch, flavour was very rich, and the acidic cut from the rhubarb was a pleasant contrast. The walnuts did nothing)

Me -
Sweet 100’s Cherry Tomato Tartlet with Basil Pesto goat’s cheese & caramelized onions
(review: great harmony of flavours, everything was great on their own, but the sum of the parts was greater. The goat cheese worked very well with the pesto and tomatoes)

Hand-Made Red Fife Fettuccini with Braised Chicken caramelized pearl onions, thyme, garlic & white wine
(review: Wow! Stellar! I cannot say enough about this dish! It was absolute magic. The pasta was the perfect thickness, perfect al dente and perfect size. The chicken, arugula and onions harmonized and made the dish a perfect blend of textures. The flavours were sweet, sour and bitter all at once and all perfect!)

Lindt Milk Chocolate Ice Cream Profiteroles warm caramel & dark chocolate sauce
(review: i found the overall sweetness of this dessert a little too much. I have to say that I don't share the sweet tooth of the Mrs. but, even she said that when you had a bite of everything; ice cream, chocolate sauce and caramel all at once, it was a little much. The texture of the profiterole was crisp and played well with the smooth silkiness of the ice cream. The ice cream was presented at that wonderful balance between hard texture and "meltiness".

I'll be back for the fettuccini, without a doubt, try a new app, new dessert.
And you can't beat the decor or location. We sat right by the window and watched the waterfalls.
Total price (no wine, 3 drinks and a chocolate milk): $130, well worth it.

p.s the future foodie ate everything, played nice with the wait staff and ate from our plates.
She did have the strawberry sorbet for dessert, which was her choosing. I snuck a spoonful and it was divine, bursting with flavour and a touch of mint. Not a hint of sourness and not overly sweetened. A very nice finish.
Also, she really enjoyed the palate cleansing; lemon spritzer, served with a slice of candied lemon inside.

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