I am sitting here as satisfied as anyone should be allowed. I just returned from lunch selected from our new Spring Fling menu in the restaurant. I will admit that I am biased but wow! The quality of the food and the choices are simply outstanding, the portions are wonderfully generous and the price is unbeatable – $25 for a 3 course lunch. How can you top that? I had the honour of my 13 year old daughter’s company for lunch (Katharyn is off of school today). She was excited about trying the new menu and the chicken and waffles were calling her name. They did not <img class=” wp-image-6199 alignright” src=”https://vineland.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/20170323_123355-400×300.jpg” alt=”” width=”206″ height=”155″ />disappoint. We both started with the duck risotto (oh my). The risotto had just the right amount of butter and a touch of cream. The confit of duck was so tender and the sweetness of the honey crisp apple cut into matchsticks was perfect! Our server Karissa offered our unoaked Chardonnay to accompany the dish. Perfection. OK, my daughter stuck with the bubbly water. 🙂 We followed with the chicken and waffles. This was simply the best <img class=” wp-image-6196 alignleft” src=”https://vineland.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/20170323_125536-400×300.jpg” alt=”” width=”235″ height=”176″ />I have ever had. The combination of lightly coated deep fried chicken, with waffle, light Bourbon sauerkraut, maple syrup and shavings of hot peppers was outer worldly – I am not over exaggerating. The sweet and the savory with the spike of spice just sends you over the moon. Karissa snuck in with our venerable Semi Dry Riesling and all was right with the world. I understand that she<img class=” wp-image-6200 alignright” src=”https://vineland.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/little-lemon-tart-400×300.jpg” alt=”” width=”158″ height=”118″ /> and our other senior server Rebecca were consulting in the back on the paired wines. They nailed it to the wall as usual. At this point my daughter and I parted on choices as she ordered the tea and honey cake and I asked for the Chef’s Creative lemon tart. OK, caught again…..we wanted to try BOTH! A double espresso long for me and a frothed <img class=” wp-image-6201 alignleft” src=”https://vineland.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/20170323_133736-300×400.jpg” alt=”” width=”89″ height=”119″ />milk for Katharyn (yes, they do spoil her here) got us set for the dessert course. We could not have been happier. The lemon tart was<img class=” wp-image-6202 alignright” src=”https://vineland.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/little-tea-cake-400×300.jpg” alt=”” width=”160″ height=”120″ /> gloriously fresh and lively and the tea honey cake was complex, light and sported some shaved, simple syrup infused anise. Wow, wow and wow. If the both of us were not so full, I am sure that there would have been much more fighting over who would finish what! Chef Justin and his <img class=” wp-image-6203 alignleft” src=”https://vineland.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/little-boop-300×400.jpg” alt=”” width=”85″ height=”114″ />dedicated team has lined up the best offering in Niagara today. No bombast here I promise! This final picture tells the whole story of the lunch…..full, double thumbs up!
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