Restaurants we like – The Devonshire, Inn On The Lake, Wellington

I talked about the Devonshire in my earlier post about the “Suites-on-the-Lake“, and as you may recall, we went for dinner at the Devonshire that night.
The Devonshire is actually an eight room country inn with an elegant, licensed restaurant. It is located on a waterfront property in the village of Wellington, Prince Edward County, with a magnificent view over Lake Ontario. It was once the “Wellington Foundry” and the inn’s two acres of park-like grounds feature a pebbly beach, a trout stream, and a waterfall.
The Devonshire patioIt was a beautiful, warm summer evening and so we decided to enjoy dinner on the terrace overlooking the lake.
Browsing the dinner menu we decided to head straight for the mains. Since we alredy had a bit of an “appero” courtesy Suites-on-the-Lake, we didn’t feel we had room for more than that. Julie decided on the “Angus Ribeye” while I opted for the “Roast Loin of Pork”. To accompany the selections we ordered a half liter of Shiraz (Hardy, Bankside).
The Ribeye, prepared with grilled asparagus and spring onion, sweet potato frites and stilton cream, garnered “best I ever had” from Julie and the Roast Loin of Pork, stuffed with spring onion, garden peas, and seasoned brioche crumbs with a pan roast reduction, smashed potatoes and asparagus was simply outstanding.
The sun eventually began to set and as the skies darkened, candles arrived and all in all, the evening turned out to be one of the more romantic
ones in a long time.
The service staff was very friendly and efficient, the food was great and the wine was, well, OK. (Some people who know me are probably wondering why I would order anything Hardy – inside joke).
In conclusion, I’d say if you are going to be in the area and dinner is calling your name, head down to the Devonshire. You will not leave disappointed.
Kathy Kennedy and David Littman, you have our vote 🙂

The Devonshire, Inn By The Lake
24 Wharf Street, Wellington,
Ontario, Canada, K0K 3L0
1.800.544.9937 Or 1.613.399.1851
www.Devonshire-Inn.com

kathy@devonshire-inn.com

Restaurants we like – The Safari Bar And Grill – Ajax

Julie and I used to live near Bathust & Lawrence. We spent many an evening at the Safari on Avenue Rd., occasionally going upstairs and playing a few rounds.
We’ve noticed “The Safari Bar And Grill” in Ajax a couple of times coming back from outings on our motor bikes and reminiscing about the good times we had at the Avenue Rd. Safari.
The other night we were coming back on Kingston Rd. from some other outing and since we had an occasion to celebrate (my successfully passing the exam of the initial course on the way to becoming an accredited Sommelier), we decided to drop by the Safari and have dinner on the patio.
First of all, let me congratulate Kevin Harper of the Ajax Safari and extend a warm “Welcome to the Durham Region”.
We really liked the interior decor and just loved the patio!
The staff was courteous, attentive and competent. The minor complaint we had (some dubious bits floating in the glasses of wine we ordered) were immediately remedied to our satisfaction.
We started with an appetizer of “Calamari fritti” which was, even shared, nearly a meal in itself. Quite nicely done, perfectly cooked. I do an “accordion calamari” which has a similar theme, i.e.. it’s the whole thing and only partially sliced, sautéed in a tomato and herb sauce.
For the main course, Julie ordered the Phylo Wrapped Salmon while I ordered the Steak Neptune.
We trusted the establishments choice of wine pairing and decided to stick with the menu suggestions of the Pelham Pinot and a Ravenswood Zin. While I agreed with the Pinot as a suitable pairing for the salmon, I had some reservations about the Zin simply because of the crab, the asparagus, the hollandaise and the polenta components of my Steak Neptune. But the actual meal would tell and it turned out to be a good choice since that is one tough dish to pair to everybody’s satisfaction.
We left happy to know we had another great place to frequent nearby.

Safari
60 Randall Dr.
Historic Pickering Village
Ajax, ON
L1S 6L3

905-619-2636

www.safaribarandgrill.com