You can almost hear the soulful gospel songs and echoes of a bygone preacher's sermon when you walk into Knox Fine Dining, housed in a renovated historical church. Sunlight streams in through colourful stain-glass windows, bathing the handsome original hardwood flooring in light. Diners lean across the table on wooden pews, clinking glasses of international wine and marveling at the vibrant paintings that adorn the walls. Making use of the acoustics, the elegant cavern plays host to live jazz every Saturday as well as occasional organ performances from owner and host Paul Mayer's wife.
While Paul tends to guests in the dining room, chef Gabriel Asselin captains the bustling kitchen. Pulling from his classical French training, he designs a seasonal menu of imaginative gourmet dishes that have been lauded by reporters from CTV News. The chef favours locally sourced ingredients and rare meats, such as wild boar, kangaroo, and unicorn. His ever-changing repertoire of dishes has included half-quail confit, grilled-bison strip loin, and the calamari that earned the attention of the Cornwall Free News who called the dish "tender and flavourful.”
The Branch Restaurant nourishes responsibly by brandishing a menu of delectable organic fare conceived by a published cookbook author. Within The Branch's art-ensconced confines, sate the most gargantuan of lunch appetites with the restaurant's signature rubber boots buffet, which includes a spread of homemade bread, two soups, salads, a hot entree, and a hot date ($9.99; Sundays $12.99 with extra options). Or, reserve digestive energy for the third-pound Branchburger ($13.99) made with 100% local, naturally raised beef. Dinnertime beckons worldly fare to congregate on the menu with an array of hunger-hobblers such as stir-fry ($15.99), which adorns tofu with seasonal veggies and a sweet-spicy sauce, or cheese fondue ($9.99), coating veggies with a more delicious veneer than their natural briefcases. Hunger cowers before the eatery's Austin City Limits platter of Texas-style barbecue, the fruits of which run a gut-sating gamut of house-smoked beef brisket, spicy house-smoked beef and pork sausage, barbecue sauce, beans, and jalapeno-cheddar cornbread ($22.99). House-made desserts ($5.99–$6.99) and kiddie offerings such as grilled cheese and a chicken wrap ($5.99–$9.98) complement the menu's conscientious cornucopia.
Tangles of aromatic spices drift through the dining room at New Mukut Fine Indian Restaurant, where couples gather for intimate meals and families share laughter and stories over classic Indian cuisine. Inside the richly decorated dining room, patrons sample an array of dishes, including well-simmered lamb biryani or delicate aloo peas. Throughout meals, an attentive service staff graces guests with hospitality, beckoning them to return to the dining room of their second location.
Owners Chris and Jessica Bishop model the Tartan Pub & Grill after traditional Scottish eateries and match offerings from a menu of classic and reinterpreted pub fare with more than 10 draft beers. The fish and chips showcases a 10-ounce battered fillet of haddock and fries, which the chefs weave into an edible kilt ($13.99 regularly, $11.99 on Fridays). Dishes groan beneath 10 ounces of AAA new york sirloin ($24.99) as well as the Scottish-Canadian fusion of salmon soaked in whisky and maple syrup ($16.99). The pesto pizza comes adorned in veggies—including black olives and tomatoes—snoozing beneath a blanket of mozzarella and shaved parmesan ($13.99). The pub's decor evokes the highlands with details such as dark wood furnishings, framed swatches of tartan-print fabrics, and William Wallace impersonators that regularly break through the pub's red and green walls.
Thai Express fuses the familiar flavours of Thailand's eateries with the convenience of the New World's quick-service restaurants, presenting patrons with a vibrant dining alternative. The cooks add personalized amounts of spice to most of the entrees, complementing the aromatic combinations of lemongrass, coriander, and thai basil without overwhelming them. These ingredients, among others, can lend their distinctive flavours to everything from tom yum soup and stir-fries to pad thai and red, green, or yellow curries.
Mr Mozzarella's sauce slingers encircle several varieties of homemade sauces within the crisp, golden confines of homemade crusts on 35 signature pizzas. The Deli pizza's hearty pepperoni, ham, italian sausage, and bacon weigh down slices, protecting them from the grasp of grabby low-flying helicopter pilots, and the contents of the poutine pizza—with gravy, fries, and cheese—threaten to breach dough borders. The Mamas Garden flashes a colourful cape of sun-dried tomatoes, red peppers, and green olives atop garlic sauce, challenged only by the Bandito's bacon, jalapenos, red onion, red peppers, and corn for style accolades. After placing an order, customers can pick up the piping hot masterpieces from Mr Mozzarella and take them on a whirlwind tour through town before singing them a lullaby and tucking them snugly into bellies.