Last month, we launched the 2017 season with a culinary crawl through our five Feast On certified restaurants on the Niagara Parkway. Here’s a glimpse of some of the new menu items that Niagara Parks Culinary will be serving up this year.
Legends on the Niagara
Located inside the golf course’s grand clubhouse, Legends on the Niagara is situated on the rolling greens that border historic War of 1812 grounds. Chef Chris Brown served pan-seared Lake Erie Yellow Perch with crisp Slegers greens and topped the dish with a wild blueberry vinaigrette. The perch was paired with a glass of Inniskillin Pinot Grigio.
Locally-inspired menus are a recurring theme in Niagara Parks. All five restaurants operated by Niagara Parks Culinary are Feast On certified by the Culinary Tourism Alliance and source 30-50% of their food products from Ontario. The Feast On program certifies restaurants that are committed to supporting and profiling Ontario products by using local, seasonal ingredients.
Queen Victoria Place Restaurant
Our next stop was Queen Victoria Place Restaurant. Located in the heart of Queen Victoria Park, the restaurant overlooks the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Horseshoe Falls and was constructed in 1904. The building was the former residence of the Commissioners of Niagara Parks and features a stunning open-air terrace.
At Queen Victoria Place Restaurant, we sampled Chef Sidney Krick’s Crusted Atlantic Scallops that were served with a Roasted Corn and Roma Tomato Salsa. The dish was paired with Oast Barnraiser Country Ale from nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Our next stop was Whirlpool Restaurant, located on the grounds of one of Canada’s most highly rated and renowned public golf courses. The airy dining room at Whirlpool Restaurant offered the group panoramic views of the tree-lined Niagara Parkway that runs alongside the course. Chef Tim VandeLaar served up a duo of Sweet Potato and Yukon Gold Potato Soup with a beet and carrot slaw. The dish paired perfectly with a glass of Château des Charmes Unoaked Chardonnay.
Queenston Heights Restaurant
Next up was Queenston Heights Restaurant, located 15 minutes north of Niagara Falls at the foot of Brock’s Monument. Nestled high atop the Niagara Escarpment in the quaint village of Queenston, the restaurant overlooks the winding Niagara River and the manicured gardens of Queenston Heights Park.
Chef Bill Greenan served a Grilled Chimichurri Marinated Flank Steak on a bed of Napa Cabbage and topped it with a Maple Sesame vinaigrette. The dish was paired with a Cabernet Sauvignon from Reif Estates.
Elements on the Falls
The last stop on the culinary crawl was Elements on the Falls. Situated on the upper level of Table Rock Centre, Elements on the Falls offers an unmatched view of Horseshoe Falls all year round.
At Elements on the Falls, guests dined on the Grilled Ontario Lamb Sirloin and Murgez Sausage that was impressively finished on a hot soapstone that was plucked from the Niagara River and warmed for several hours. Chef Elbert’s work of art was paired with Colanari Corposo.
For dessert, guests enjoyed warm Maple Butter Tarts served with a Cranberry Gelato and paired with Inniskillin’s Vidal Ice Wine, all made right here in Niagara.
Hungry yet? Savour a taste of the Niagara region by visiting any five of the full-service restaurants operated by Niagara Parks Culinary. Looking for more adventure? Use our trip planner to discover attractions, events, view operation hours and plan your next visit to Niagara Parks.