A few weeks ago, The Boyfriend & I went on a mid-week 2-day vacation in Niagara Falls. On our way there, we decided to stop by St. Catherine’s to have dinner at the Wellington Court since we had gift certificates. I did some initial research before we went and let me just say – my mouth was watering during the whole hour we were driving there.
(Photo from The Food Network – It was super dark when we went)
It was our first time being there, so we were both very excited! (Okay, I was super excited because I’m a huge foodie and he was just really hungry, haha.) Anyway, the restaurant looked quite small from the outside, but gave me a very “home-y” feel with its Edwardian design. The interior was laden with floor-to-ceiling mirrors to give the effect of a larger space. The main dining room (only steps away from the front “bar” area) is designed to be very intimate and private with very dim lights. The walls here are decorated with large canvas paintings.
We started with a bottle of the Salva Terra Pinot Grigio. It was very light, sweet, and refreshing – it was the perfect wine for us to sip while we chatted and waited for our food.
Now onto the best part:
My Appetizer: SWEETBREADS, SQUASH AND FOIE GRAS PUREE WELLINGTON BACON
AND TRUFFLE SAUCE (15)
If there’s foie gras on the menu, there is 90% chance I will get it. And let me tell you what a great choice it was! The dish was incredibly flavourful; maybe even a bit overwhelming for some. But it was perfect for me. The sweetbreads were also the perfect texture and quite juicy. (PS. I had to explain to Kris that “sweetbreads” was, in fact, not a type of bread at all, haha.)
Kris’ Appetizer: FRIED CALAMARI, SWEET LEMON, CHILI AIOLI AND SAFFRON YOGURT (14)
He went for a safer option: the calamari. Calamari is one of my favourites and I would usually get it, but I didn’t like the sound of this one (especially because it’s fried). Kris enjoyed his calamari, but I don’t think I would have – my sweetbreads tasted way too good compared to it!
Our Entree x2 (we got the same thing): GRILLED BEEF STRIPLOIN, SEARED POTATO PAVE, SAUTEED CIPOLLINI, ROASTED CARROTS AND RED WINE REDUCTION (32)
Let me start by saying… This was one of the best dishes I’ve ever had in my life. The strip loin was done to a perfect medium rare and the red wine reduction was superb. The potato pave (my first time having one) was the perfect texture and had the perfect buttery taste. The vegetables (including the cipollini – one of my faves) complimented the rest of the dish. [I am well aware I’ve used “perfect” too much here!]
My Dessert: BANANA BRULEE SPLIT WITH COCONUT ICE CREAM AND VODKA BLACKBERRIES (10), CAPPUCCINO (3.50)
We were pretty full at this point, but we had to have dessert! I chose this one because coconut ice cream is one of my favourites and I loved the idea of a banana brulee. Once again, I chose right. Delicious!
Kris’ Dessert: CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CHEESECAKE (10), COFFEE (2)
Kris doesn’t normally eat (or like) dessert, but he probably knew I wouldn’t share (heehee) so he went with the cheesecake. I had a bite of it and it was so decadent. Personally, I didn’t like it very much (I’m not a huge peanut butter fan) but Kris loved it.
Overall an amazing night at Wellington Court. I can’t wait to visit again! There’s so many things on the menu I wanted to try.