2018 March – Trip to Southern Ontario

We took a week’s vacation in March to rest, travel a bit, and continue renovation. Visited Cambridge, Waterloo, Ingersoll, and Brantford.

Our first stop was Langdon Hall.

We heard the fine dining was good there. It was… below average.

The exterior and interior are beautifully decorated. It’s just the food, at least maybe just the lunch, was lacking.

First up, cold stale bread from beneath the Maitre D’ desk. Easily one of the worst bread. They tasted like days-old bread from Food Basics and didn’t get covered up so it’s dry and stale.

We chose 3 entrées in order to be full:

$32 Braised Beef Short Rib, with Roasted Garden Carrots, Raisin, Bergamot, and Nasturtium = Dry meat, with wonderfully flavourful carrots.

$30 Heritage Pork, with Sunchoke and Hazelnut Purée, Orchard Apple, Crispy Croquette, and Sage. Probably the best out of the bunch. A good blend of textures and flavours.

$34 Duck Breast, with Fennel, Sweet Potato (purée), and Niagara Peach. Look at the amount that’s edible… Tasted like ham. Puree and peach were good, but for $34?

After a tour through the Cambridge Antique Market, we drove to our hotel stay, at Elm Hurst Inn. Very quiet little place. Used to be a cheese factory in the buildings nexxt to it, converted into an Inn.

Popular in the summer for weddings.

After an RMT massage for both of us, we went for dinner.

The dipping vinegar is what caught us. Never before have we had such a fruity vinegar! We were instantly hooked. Unfortunately they sold out of the vinegar, which they source from London.

However, we found a shop in Brantford Olive Oil Company that carries many other flavours! We got a few bottles. Good for dipping AND for Soda flavouring!

Standard caesar salad, but ooh, the cheese does stand out. Very good, I finished this easily.

The main courses were ordinary though. Chicken breast with vegetables was what I picked.

Some pork thing. I do appreciate the healthy balance of vegetables.

Crème brûlée was not bad, with a touch of sorbet.

Breakfast was included. The usual fare.

Little jars of jam always nice.

Afternoon, we looked for a tea house for high tea.

Quite a cute place. The couple bought the bakery, and then next door as the tea shop.

Biscuits were quite good, with a cheese dip. I liked these.

Then some sweet pastries that were okay….

The fruit jam, once again, excellent with the scones.

I ate all the cucumbers.

Deli were okay.

It was average in the end. I thought it was pretty good, but Toronto does have nicer ones Serena’s been to.

A trip to Ingersoll isn’t complete without a tour of the Cheese Museum.

Small little place. Quite a good tour. At the end we picked up some Gunn’s Hill cheese. I had originally planned to go to their actual shop, but couldn’t fit in the time. This was a very nice piece of cheese. We later also got some Gunn’s Hill “Four Brothers” cheese. Just amazing.

Final mean was in St. Jacob, at the Chinese tourist trap, the Olde Heidelberg Restaurant. I think due to forum posts and the proximity to UWaterloo, the customer base for this restaurant is 90% Chinese. It was awkward when the staff are the minority in this small small town. Service was very nice though, felt very welcoming.

The renowned pork hock. Lots of juicy fat.

I ordered the chili. It was a good meal.

We headed over to St. Jacob’s market after, and also another antique shop. It was quite a good little trip to the south.

The food overall were fairly okay, but I had much higher expectations for Langdon Hall.

The other highlight for the trip was the Adventure Games in Waterloo. Very fun escape room experience. Definitely will go back!