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Dinner at the Oban Inn
I have always loved going to Niagara on the Lake, located
on the Niagara Peninsula along Lake Ontario. With the glorious scenery, the
abundance of wineries and the spectacular restaurants I can’t help but
smile every time I think about it.
Upon my first visit to the Oban Inn, I learned that the Inn
had been destroyed by fire in 1992 and was rebuilt in 1993. My first impression
was “confusion” as we were forced to walk through a lounge to the
adjoining hall and dining room. The dining room is definitely elegant and sophisticated
but the charming service, large floral bouquets and soft jazz make it very comfortable.
I felt instantaneous affection to the Oban with its large bright windows and
white linens. With another dining room attached which appeared a little darker
and more Victorian in style.
Our host seated us near a window
and a server promptly attended our table to take our
drink order. I chose the Chateau de Charmes’ Aligote.
The menu was very pleasing and assorted.
My wife and I shared a large round
of rich Camembert cheese baked with a crust of pistachio
nuts served with toast points and red pepper jelly.
My description to friends was “the combination
is like angels weeping on your tongue”. All I
can say is that I loved it. Next I had an amazing Caesar
Salad with homemade croutons and large pieces of bacon…delicious.
My entrée was a chicken breast stuffed with sausage
stuffing with a chutney sauce of sour cherries with mash potatoes. This was
another brilliant dish.
We shared a piece of “chocolate decadence”, a
combination of cheesecake, mousse, and cocoa gnash. The coffee and chocolate
left me, for once, speechless.
The service was attentive, the staff knowledgeable and the
food stunning. The entire ambiance of that evening was enchanting and gloriously
James A. Baker