Tuesday, August 14, 2007

A Trip Down Memory Lane - The Westover Inn

We went out for dinner with some friends on Saturday night. The restaurant chosen was the dining room at The Westover Inn.

Alan worked there many years ago, when he was just starting out as a chef. John Taylor, who now owns Domus in Ottawa was the chef then.

It felt a little funny to be back after all these years, a bit like sneaking back to your high-school long after graduation. But we were very glad we went. Alan and I got there early and had a quiet drink out on the deck before our friends joined us and we all moved into the dining room.

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The decor is elegant, as is the service.

The menu features local ingredients, where possible. For appetizers, we chose the Charcuterie Plate, Escargot in Vol au Vent (two of us) with Garlic and Pancetta and the Chilled Seafood Platter.

When it was time to choose the wine, we asked the waiter to decide for us. This is something I recommend doing in any good restaurant. Unless you have your heart set on something on their wine list, it can be really hard to know what to order. The waiter is usually more knowledgeable about what they have in stock and what will go with your food choices. Just name a price range and let them go to it. We've never been disappointed and are usually quite pleasantly surprised, as we were Saturday night. (And if I were any good at this job, I would have taken notes on what wine we had, but, sadly, I was too busy drinking and having fun. Will try harder next time, I promise!)

For our main course, two of us chose the Vegetarian Crepes on Basmati Rice. One chose the Seared Scallops with Lemon Basil Fettucine and one chose the Pork Rib Loin.

All in all, it was a lovely evening - good food, gracious service in a lovely setting. Keep it in mind for your next special occasion dinner, or book a room and make it a get-away.

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