When diagnosed with a critical illness and given just two weeks to live, Myna Taylor rejected her doctor's prognosis. Declaring herself ?divinely healed,? she set out for England, where she proceeded to buy a wealth of Wedgewood bone china. Upon returning home, she opened Dishington's Tea Room, where she continued to defy the odds and celebrate life, family, food, and friends.
More than 30 years later, Richard and Tami DeJonge keep Myna's memory and traditions alive by serving house-made lunch and desserts on the same Wedgewood plates she brought back from that first trip. ?Consistency is so important,? Richard claims, and the care he and Tami take in crafting each quiche or rhubarb pie speaks volumes of their dedication.
The old and new recipes spring from a similar blend of tradition, inspiration, and whichever vegetables are in season at the farmer's market. Guests can enjoy the locally sourced fare within a cozy tearoom decorated with cloth napkins and tablecloths and walls complemented by paintings by area artists. This coziness, along with the delicious food, Richard believes, is what keeps the tearoom's wealth of regulars coming back cup after cup.
Paintings of dogs playing poker gaze down from the walls of Dawghouse Pub & Eatery, presiding over the plates and draft-beer pitchers that clatter onto tables. In the kitchen, chefs sculpt 8-ounce burger patties from fresh chuck and bathe tender chicken wings in eleven different sweet, savoury, and spicy sauces. Canine statues, figurines, and dolls of all shapes and sizes pepper the pub, and personal televisions on every booth assist numerous big-screens in broadcasting exciting athletic competitions and attempts to break the world record for pretending to be asleep. Bartenders distribute mugs of Molson draft beer, which fuel chatter on a newly renovated patio during the warmer months. The staccato clicks of caroming billiard balls drifts from the pool tables, and trivia games test the depth of patrons’ knowledge. In lieu of parrots raised by commercial-jingle writers, the bar hosts live bands and karaoke every week.
A mere sandwich throw from Niagara Falls, East Side Mario's is found within the Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Fallsview Hotel, directly across the street from Fallsview Casino. Below elegant chandeliers, Mario's red and white checked tablecloths support grilled salmon, juicy steak, and Italian-imported pastas slathered in spicy arrabbiata or pesto alfredo. The doors of the kitchen part as servers emerge bearing Sicilian-style pizzas fresh from the sweltering interior of a stone oven.
Through the steam rising from Mario's all-you-can-eat garlic homeloaf, diners can peer at the framed mirrors hanging on gold walls. After enjoying wine or cocktails at Mario's polished wooden bar, guests can question servers about Four Points hotel accommodations or the strength needed to hurl a pizza across Niagara Falls and into the mouth of a waiting American.
Chef Kevin Greaves spent years travelling the world studying the spices and cuisine unique to each region. Of all that he tasted, the foods that stood out in his mind and palate hailed from three distinct locales: Thailand, Louisiana, and the Caribbean. Rather than limit himself to a single favourite, the head chef of Jambalaya Restaurant incorporated flavours from all three regions into his eclectic menu.
The menu highlights traditional dishes from each region, including pad thai from Thailand, gumbo and jambalaya from the Louisiana bayou, and curried goat from the Caribbean. In addition, Chef Greaves prepares some dishes with a fusion twist, adding jerk spices to vegetable pad thai or moulding a plate of shrimp creole into the shape of Thailand. The chef flavours each dish with the restaurant’s signature brand of spices and sauces.
Inside the olive-hued dining room, Bangkok Pad Thai Restaurant’s chefs serve up dishes derived from many influences. Within traditional Thai cuisine, one can see the imprint of Szechuan-style cooking, the creamy coconut bases of South Indian curries, and the exotic flavours of Malaysia. The house special, pad thai, exhibits this merger of taste profiles with stir-fried rice noodles tempered by scrambled egg, bean sprouts, and crunchy peanuts. A slew of curry dishes add to the menu, along with vegetarian mains and traditional Thai soups such as tom yum goong, a spicy lemongrass broth filled with shrimp, mushrooms, and kaffir-lime leaves. After their forays into spicy territory, guests can cool off by sharing a slice of ice-cream peanut pie or pouring their complimentary ice water over their head.
Though many restaurants feature expansive wine lists, The Braywick Bistro’s is essentially infinite. That’s because its array of local and international wines is supplemented by a bring-your-own-wine policy—with a $20 corkage fee—that allows patrons to enjoy any varietal they desire. That flexibility is important, since the menu ranges from hearty, European-inspired dishes of chicken carbonara and gorgonzola-stuffed portobello mushrooms to the lighter tropical flavors of prawn-laced pad thai and mango-topped mahi-mahi. The cuisine’s global aromas suffuse the bistro’s dining room, where nature-themed photography and wheatgrass centerpieces evoke the same freshness that suffuses each dish’s ingredients and each waiter’s bonsai hairstyle.