Dinner at George

To celebrate five years of wedded bliss (where does the time go?), we had dinner at a local restaurant called George. For special occassions, it is tough to get Mr Vin de Table to eat anywhere other than our favourite restaurant, but this time he agreed to try something else, so George it was.

In a word, the food was excellent! George is often considered a “Canadian” restaurant, and although I’m never sure what that means, it was an excellent Canadian meal. The chef sources local produce as much as possible, which already moves it up a few notches in my book.

The meal consists of 3 small courses, plus cheese and dessert. Even the bread was impressive, there was a focaccia and light flaky bread, almost like a layer of filo pastry, needless to say, no butter required. My first course was lobster, poached in butter, the second plate was tuna done two ways, one spoon of tuna tartare as well as a lightly battered tuna tempura roll. My third course was a piece of seared halibut in a foam of shitake mushrooms. I opted for a serving of Poitu goat cheese instead of dessert, which was accompanied by an ounce of vintage port – the perfect end to any meal. The mister broke out of the mould and didn’t order a single beef course. He started with olive oil poached scallops, followed by Quebec foie gras, and ended with Ontario lamb on a pave (i.e. philo pastry) of goat cheese. His final course was a perfect summer dessert, roasted summer peach with a meringue and brandy ice cream.

The mister’s wine choices suited our meal perfectly. We had a red wine from the Vaucluse, a 2002 Chateau de Montmirail, a Gigondas. Big jammy berry fruits, soft balance and good finish. Very smooth even though it was a relatively young wine. It went equally well with my fish based dinner as it did with the mister’s meal. The peach dessert was accompanied by a wine, that neither of us had tried before (I snuck a taste too). We will now do our best to try and buy a Juraçon from the southwest of France near the town of Pau.

If you find yourself in the vicinity, we would certainly recommend George. The service deserves a comment as well: attentive and thorough without being obtrusive.

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