The team at Canyon Creek in Burlington are doing some really good things with their menu and service.
The last time I dined at a Canyon Creek restaurant was about a year ago in Mississauga. It was at a time when their executive chef was re-working their menu, so it was in a bit of a transition. Don’t get me wrong. The food was good, so I knew that our dinner at Canyon Creek Burlington would be delicious.
Our recent experience at the Burlington location (Fairview & Guelph Line) was part of the #VisitBurlON media tour put on by Tourism Burlington. After a day of touring spots in Burlington, the media and blogger guests were treated to a delicious cocktail reception and three course dinner.
Canyon Creek in Burlington is a casual upscale restaurant, focusing on delivering great steaks and other offerings for every preference. It’s part of the Sir Corp group which also has restaurants such as Jack Astor’s and Scaddabush. Equivalent to the Keg, the atmosphere is classy yet not pretentious. You can enjoy a nice meal with your family, friends or date without having to put on a fancy dinner jacket. Just leave behind the cut off/ripped jeans at home.
For our dinner, our FAM trip team was provided a private room which was perfect – we were a chatty, noisy bunch! As soon as our drink orders were taken, we were treated to several platters of appetizers – Seoul Food Chicken with Rice Krispie-like puffed grains (apparently this is ancient grains) encrusting the garlic-ginger chicken bites; Asian Nachos with crispy wontons and Thai chicken paired with traditional Tex Mex nacho ingredients;Calamari prepared to the right chewiness, and savoury Bandera chicken tacos.
My husband Frank ordered a Seventeen Fifty One gin cocktail, which came in a large margarita-style glass. A clear, bubbly drink with spices and herbs – star anise, peppercorn-like pieces that enhanced the flavour. I opted for a craft cocktail which included my client’s Knob Creek bourbon – the Bourbon Sour. It was served in a small champagne coupe. Including sherry, it had a lime tartness and with a hint of sweetness from the sherry. This is perfect as I like my drinks classic and not overly sugary.
The crafted cocktail list isn’t long but with good selections that will appeal to those with refined cocktail tastes. You can also choose from a selection of sangrias, a broad selection of craft beers and ciders, local and international wines. We had a prix fixe menu to choose from, including the best items from the menu.
To start, I chose the Caesar Salad – creamy house-made dressing with enough garlic, garnished with croutons and lemon wedges. Pretty standard, but a good way to start your meal.
For my main, I was lured by the avocado and feta cheese in the Southwest Chicken – rubbed with slightly hot Cajun spices, the skin blackened and crisped up, and placed on a bed of white rice. Grilled peppers and onions, as well as avocado chunks added the colourful vegetable accompaniment.
My fellow blogger Christine Martin from Amidst the Chaos said, “This is the best chicken dish I’ve ever had.” She was having a “foodgasm” and wasn’t shy about it. I have to admit, I was having one myself. Although the rice is bland, you need it to balance out the savouriness of the chicken and the vegetable and cheese flavours. Canyon Creek team, I forgive you for the bland rice. You know it’s just what we need to not have a full out “foodgasm” during dinner, embarrassing ourselves.
My husband Frank had the not-so-pretty-to-photograph prime rib, that despite its meaty appearance did taste very good paired with the horseradish mayo sauce. Moist and juicy, it melted in your mouth. I couldn’t resist taking a few bites.
I finished off my meal with a double chocolate brownie. The portion was enough to feed two people, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side. With my sweet tooth, it was a bit sacrilegious to leave behind food on the dessert plate, but at this point I could barely take another bite. I was full!
I did manage to get a couple spoonfuls of the equally orgasmic banana cream pie that Frank was having, served in a mason jar and topped with toasted coconut flakes. I could have easily switched desserts with Frank and loved it.
By this point of the night, I was wishing I had brought stretchier pants.
Will I come back to Canyon Creek? Most definitely. The service was great, and the atmosphere ideal for group dining. There’s more to explore from the updated menu!
Our dinner was covered by Tourism Burlington (thank you!), however all opinions are my own and based on feedback from my tastebuds and stomach.
2429 Fairview St
Tel: (905) 333-3339