My sense is that this place is over rated. I'm not surprised since in reality, it's in the middle of nowhere and anything that's different from burgers and fries would be considered fine dining.
Here's my experience.
We stopped at this colorful café/restaurant in a scenic area of northern Ontario. The flowers and surroundings were lovely. As we entered the "Serendipity", I was impressed with the interior atmosphere, the woodwork, and the array of artwork. I noted that the restaurant was moderately busy.
I overheard patrons ordering blackened chicken Caesar salad. They also requested an order of bread and their dressing on the side. I was surprised that they needed to order bread separately, but simply thought that perhaps bread at the table wasn't offered with lunch meals. The menu had some nice looking options - sandwiches, salads and vegetarian fare.
The server came to the table and we placed our order. I opted for the aforementioned blackened chicken Caesar as it sounded good. We had plenty of time to look around at the artwork as we waited for our meals to arrive. Hubby seemed to make a better choice with the salmon feta sandwich and salad. At least he had an edible sandwich. I soon learned why people had placed orders of bread and asked for their dressing on the side. Sadly, my salad was nothing more than a soggy plate of romaine. It tasted as if it had been doused in bottled creamy dressing thinned with vinegar. The chicken pieces where white and rubbery as if microwaved. I was fairly certain that this wasn't how blackened chicken should look. I decided I too needed some bread to counteract the sour salad taste but the server was no place to be seen. I had ordered tea which was not arriving and I was later told that something went wrong with their kettle. Odd I thought.
I rarely leave salad uneaten, but could barely consume half. Nobody checked to see whether the food was fine, nor were we asked if we wanted anything else. The bill was dropped hurriedly on our table. We were unable to test their much touted desserts even if we had wanted to. Perhaps I should be grateful.
I would probably give this restaurant another chance. Next time, I'd be sure to plan ahead, order everything I could ever possibly want all at once and select a more standard dish. Burgers and fries anyone?
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