The Butchart Chronicles : July 20, 2015

“This setting was like eating dinner in a painting!”

Seared scallops
After a beautiful afternoon in the gardens, we decided to sit down and relax to a nice dinner. I didn't expect much, other than a beautiful view from this restaurant, but we very quickly realized that we were in for an unexpected treat.

Our waiter Phillip was wonderful at telling us about the menu, and It became clear that he is a fellow foodie! The menu is not very big, but there is certainly something for everybody. We started with a delicious mixed greens salad. Light, fresh, and imaginative is how I would describe it. Cucumber pickles were delish, roasted chickpeas added a nice crunch, and edible flowers made for a beautiful presentation and a delicate, interesting essence. Overall, one really nice salad. Next up, seared scallops appetizer...another winner. The potato bisque didn't dissapoint either, and like the other dishes, the chef added a special touch again. This time it was parmesan crisps that made an already good dish even better. Finally, we shared an entree... A most delicious chicken breast (usually too boring a dish for me, chosen by the hubby.) I must say, that the chef managed to impress with this as well, by serving it over a Gruyere bread pudding that was mouth watering.

All of this served on the balcony, overlooking a gorgeous green lawn and gardens. Seated just before closing time of 8:00 pm, dining through dusk and sunset at the very end was absolutely spectacular! What could have possibly made it any better? A couple of deer came into the garden from the forest, and hung around for most of dinner. This setting was like eating dinner in a painting! Perfection in food, service and ambiance all came together, for what was to be one of the best meals of our lives.

– A TripAdvisor review by Aworkingmommy from Cooper City, FL, USA, July 2015