Review: Escabeche at The Prince of Wales Hotel, Niagara

The Prince of Wales Hotel in Niagara-on-the-Lake Ontario is a grandiose, refurbished, Victorian Mansion. The hotel offers spa services as well as a daily Afternoon Tea and seasonal menus in the Escabeche dining room. The Dobson gang had an impromptu photo shoot in the Hotels opulent lobby before sitting down for a festive family lunch. The Escabeche Dining Room features well lit rooms adorned with decorative statues and vintage oak barrels displaying wine bottles from the regions top vintners.

We ordered the following:

Riesling Dolmite Cave Spring Cellars

Butternut Squash Soup

Roast Baby Beet and Fennel Salad
Baby Greens, Saint Maure Goat Cheese, Candied Walnuts and Naval Orange with Port and Cranberry Reduction

5 Year Old Cheddar and Bacon Mac and Cheese

Crispy Cornmeal Crusted Calamari
Micro Green Salad with Chipotle Mayo

Escabeche Poutine Style Frits
House Made Pomme Frits, Wild Mushroom Double Smoked Bacon Ragout Topped with Fresh Mozzarella Curds

Miniature Churchill Burgers
Drunken Onions, Vine Ripe Tomato, Ontario White Cheddar, Smoked Paprika and Bacon Aioli, Parmesan and Truffle Fries

Triple Chocolate Fudgesicle
Milk Chocolate Parfait Dipped in Dark Chocolate Coating with White Chocolate Stick

Margarita Cheesecake
Lemon-lime Cheesecake with Coconut Cookie Crumb and Tequila Frozen Yogurt

Raspberry Truffle
1 oz Chambord, Hot Chocolate and Coffee topped with Whipped Cream

High-lights: Margarita Cheesecake filled with lemon curd surprise and Mac and Cheese topped with crispy herb infused bread crumbs.

Low-lights: The Calamari on the menu was listed as an entree with Micro Greens. It arrived at the table as a sloppy mess with no side salad. I inquired with the waiter and he stated that the dish did not come with a salad. He had either never read the menu or the kitchen was hoarding their mache. Butternut squash was bland and miniature cheeseburgers were a mediocre offering in such a decadent setting. Parmesan and Truffle Oil frits are old news thanks to Oliver and Bonacini.

After finishing lunch we passed by the festive Christmas lobby and I joked that the Dobson’s don’t really need to decorate our homes in the future as we can just pop by the Prince of Wales for Christmas family snap shots. We spent the afternoon visiting the Niagara greenhouses with a quick stop at the raging, frigid Falls.

#125 restaurant reviewed in Ontario since moving to Toronto in 2010. 

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