Having heard about Chanterelle Inn and it's connection to 'Slow Food Movement' we had planned on visiting for quiet some time. We stayed at Baddeck late this summer and drove to St. Ann's. A pleasant road, about 25 minutes- so not exactly around the corner, making this restaurant a destination.
It was a warm evening, and we sat- sheltered from the elements- on the roofed deck, with a fantastic view over the country side. There were candles on the tables- later lit by our host-, but we do not recall nice flowers or good quality linen. We were immediately taken aback however by the dining chairs: plastic lawn chairs.
Misleading is their website stating that they offer a dinner prix-fixe.
The menu choices consisted of three soups and one (!) mixed greens salad for starter, and three main courses (chicken, seafood and vegetarian). We had a hard time putting together a meaningful meal, because the choices were so limited. Disappointing in particular the fact that no dish featured chanterelles, which were in season and most certainly found locally around the vicinity.
All dishes were okay, made correctly; however really boring in selection, color, presentation and taste.
Service was slow; beside the host we had a server who was dressed in what seemed a nurses' pants and shirt and who brought each plate separately!
Suppliers are being listed in general, without specifics for the dishes of the day. Coffee was not very good, and there was no explanation were it came from.
With starters for around $8 and entrees for $20 to $25 we would expect more than what we got in food, service, table setting and seating. We sought for a while to find an explanation why we were charged so much for such a boring dinner, and just can't find an answer.
Earlene and her staff are for sure very nice people, they know the principles of their trade, and the scenery is stunning. But it might be time to update the concept of the business. Yes, 'Where to Eat in Canada' named them as one of the places to eat, but one shall not forget that this was five years ago, and maybe it's time to move on now.
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