The Carriage House Lunch Tues-Fri 12-2pm, Dinner Mon-Sat 5-10pm, closed Sun www.thecarriagehouse.ca 905-634-7723
I started my meal with one of the daily specials; steamed mussels in coconut milk and garam masala (a blend of ground spices common to north India), served with a grilled baguette. The fresh mussels were lost in this fanciful dish to the overpowering Indian spices. I also tried the Jamon Iberico de Bellota which is an acorn fed, dry cured Spanish ham, served with pan catalan (white bread rubbed with fresh garlic and tomato). A wonderfully executed dish that brought out the natural nutty, smokey and woodsy flavours of Iberico ham. Two things you will find at Carriage House is, that the servers timing and technique are immaculate and they know how to cook a good steak. My bone-in rib eye was grilled just the way I requested, a perfect medium-rare. It is not uncommon for my steak to arrive over-cooked, even in the best restaurants. Not here, its PERFECT every time. Even their baby back pork ribs are so juicy and tender, fall off the bone succulent. Rubbed with ground cumin, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, star anise and finished with a brandy sauce that is truly unparalleled. Peppery and savory Asian influenced dishes make Carriage House not just your everyday steak and seafood house.
A full bar stocked with premium spirits and a bartender who actually knows how to make a GOOD martini. The wine list showcases the best of old world and new, featuring some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon I’ve ever had. Lotus Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 from California paired perfectly with my protein.
All this and more in a quaint little Carriage House.