Years ago, with talented chef 'Ned Bell' at its helm, owner of this winery fine-dining destination had the grandiose aspiration of transforming it into the 'French Laundry' of the Niagara wine region. Unfortunately, with only a short tenure, Chef Bell decided to depart for greener pastures on the west coast!
Although this sudden development was a devastating one, however, the owners managed to overcome the adversity and, through out all these years, managed to maintain this premise as one of the best winery dining destinations in the region.
With a fairly mild and partially sunny day, my wife and I decided to show our out-of-town guest a completely 'change-of-scenery' luncheon dining experience. With friendly smile and a bit of charming persuasion, we managed to land the entire upper floor dining room of the restaurant to ourselves! Unexpected Private Dining treatment! What a way to impress our guest! Ha!
Currently, under the guidance of Chef Matt Hemingson, Peninsula Ridge is offering some delightful French influence cuisine with a rustic touch, using mainly local and Canadian ingredients. Food was well executed with some interesting and delectable taste profile. Casing point, a flavorful, fork tender red wine braised grass-fed beef brisket and Rosewood Mead Steamed PEI Mussels with Lavender, fennel and Bee Pollen! Portions were surprisingly generous and IMO, extremely good value for money. Service was charming, efficient and friendly. As for the quaint decor and ambiance, the photos speak for itself!
BTW, of all the dishes savored, the star of the meal was an amazingly delicious ' Warm Local Pear Strudel with Forty Creek Whiskey ice cream and Chestnut cream '! Man! Was that goooood!!
Highly recommended especially for those who does not want to drive too far into the wine region!