My first dinner in Guelph was at Envers of Morriston located just outside of the city. It was a warm Friday evening but I wore a cardigan with wooden buttons in case I encountered a chill. As soon as I arrived I was whisked over to a table where my dining companion Matthew sat with a glass of prosecco keeping him company. I would be spending the next two days adventuring around Guelph with Matthew who actually grew up just down the road in Puslinch. Envers is a petite little place, a perfect spot to enjoy an intimate dining experience. The walls are covered in art and large windows allow you to gaze out onto the street as families skip by with their children.
I needed to catch up with Matthew so as his bubbles burst into the early evening air I opted to sample the Sour Weasle: a delightful blend of gin, sparkling wine and citrus. Envers does an excellent job at showcasing continental flavours using local ingredients. Highlights on the savoury side included local quail and rabbit. Matthew exclaimed how delighted he was by the sweets: the peach streusel cake was perfectly moist while the chocolate ganache coconut custard tart reminded us of the pleasantries of the nanimo bar.
gin, sparkling, grapefruit juice, lime and lemon
Deerfield’s Mixed Greens
watermelon, Montforte feta cheese, cracked pepper, mint vinaigrette
Tandoori Grilled Giant Prawns
peach salsa over Calcutta style puffed rice, fried chickpeas, cucumber, tomato, herbs
Maple Bacon and Onion Glazed Chassagne Farm Quail
wild rice, baby arugula, wild berry sauce
Bacon Wrapped Rabbit Loin
pan fried rabbit rillettes, caramelized eggplant confit, spicy garlic kale and thyme jus
Penne with House Smoked Guanciale
tomatoes, olive oil, white wine, chili flake, arugula, parmesan
Ontario Peach Streusel Cake
vanilla creme anglaise, wild blueberries
Chocolate Ganache Coconut Custard Tart