3.75 Stars – Overall Experience
3.0 Stars – Price
5.0 Stars – Service
3.5 Stars – Enjoyment of Food
4.5 Stars – Atmosphere
The Prince of Wales Hotel is located in the beautiful town of Niagara-on-the-Lake and screams old world charm and elegance. From the dapper gentlemen opening the doors, to the decadent ambiance, it is a perfect scene for a romantic getaway. The Escabeche Restaurant, which is nestled inside the hotel, tones down the decor a bit, focusing on a white canvas vs the rich woods found in the rest of the hotel. It is warm, elegant and ultimately transports you back in time. Very well decorated for the Christmas season as well.
One of my favourite things about my evening here was the service. Valarie (our waitress) took excellent care of us and was an absolutely gracious “host”. She made us feel like royalty and was very pleasant throughout the evening. It always seemed like she knew my questions before I even asked them, like when she inquired if I would like a picture of us at the table…my answer was an enthusiastic yes! And when my mom mentioned that her steak wasn’t cooked to her liking (she ordered medium-rare and it came out medium), despite the fact that almost 1/2 was already eaten, Valerie insisted it be taken back and a whole new plate was served in its place. She really made our evening special and the hotel is extremely lucky to have her.
The restaurant offers a drink menu, but also allows guests to bring in their own wine (corkage fee of $20). We decided to take advantage of this and enjoyed an excellent bottle that we brought from home.
The 3 part appetizer experience included…
1. Delicious fresh bread (2 kinds) served with little butter balls
2. An Amuse Bouche that was a small spoon served with kimchi and a small dollop of foie gras (I couldn’t eat it as it wasn’t vegetarian, the table gave it mixed reviews)
3. Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Kale Pesto and Wheat Fritter, which was rich and creamy and very flavourful. I think the fritter was one of my favourite things I tried that evening
As there was only one vegetarian option, I had to go with the Black Truffle Spaghettini Pasta. The sauce had a cream base with lots of herbs and fresh arugula mixed in. The pasta was cooked perfectly, but I do wish they used a different noodle (a flat one I think would have been better). The dish was overall very rich and flavourful, but I did feel they were a bit too heavy on the dried herbs. I would have prefered if there were some fresh vegetables and more arugula to tone down the richness a bit.
Even though we didn’t actually order dessert, we were still served a mini tasting dessert, which consisted of a little chocolate cup filled with a basic custard and a little garnish on top (not really sure what it was). Not overly flavourful, nothing special, but a nice finish to our meal
Unfortunately this restaurant is very limited on their vegetarian options. They do have a few appetizers and I am sure they would be fairly accommodating, but I wouldn’t classify this as a vegetarian friendly restaurant.
This is definitely an expensive meal so be prepared to bring your credit cards! Not very surprising considering the hotel. We did get a few little free extras like the amuse bouche and petit fours, but at $260 with tip and no wine (except the $20 corkage fee), I would consider that pricey.
Time of Dinner: 5:30pm
Date: Fri Dec 2nd, 2016
- BYOB Wine
- Fresh Bread
- Kimchi and Foie Gras Amuse Bouche
- Roasted Pumpkin Soup
- Black Truffle Spaghettini Pasta
- Petit Four
For more information, please check out their website at http://www.vintage-hotels.com/princeofwales/dining.php