For those of you who have been coming to Sable Beach on Ontario's "west coast" (Lake Huron) you'll remember a lovely summer restaurant right on the beach called the Driftwood. A number of years ago they closed. We we elated to discover during our late summer holidays this past September that an excellent restaurant has open up in the former "Driftwood" called "The Red Road Cafe and Grill". This gem is run, if I am not mistaken, by the members Saugeen First Nations . We were in for a delightful surprise. Having spent a day at the beach we went then off to explore the region with the plan to return in the early evening to dine at the Red Road whilst watching the sun set.
The restaurant has been tastefully refurbished and brightened without loosing the pristine charm of this Sable Beach landmark. There are lots of sparkling clean windows to view the panoramic vista. A greeter met us at the door on that cool and windy September evening and brought us to a lovely table facing the beach. She immediately asked us if we wanted a warming drink which was very much appreciated and attentive. The menu has wonderfully inventive food selections that I would have been delighted to see in Quebec City, Montreal or Toronto but here we were on the edge of Lake Huron with the dilemma of what from their lovely choices should we select! There is a very interesting and creative items on the menu. I urge you to try the combination platter that contains a sampling of first nations delicacies. That evening we chose to begin with a subtle roasted red pepper soup bright and flavourful. Both of us are fond of fish when we dine out and our fish was broiled with light handed seasoning that didn't overwhelm the fish and permit us to savour it. Carefully prepared fresh vegetables complimented the fish. They were gently prepared with the slightest crunch.
Our server was a young Saugeenman who was very attentive in consulting with us about the menu and when I dropped my fork, it's replacement was immediately and quietly replaced.
The food was so beautifully prepared and presented and so flavourful that that we simply had to return the following evening! I confess that we loved the fish so much we ordered again, thus I'm unable to provide you further descriptions of their great menu. At the point that we visited the Red Road they were not serving wine, spirits or beer. For us, this isn't actually an impediment because for us it is about the food. By the time the summer season opens again they may have added this to their offerings. Please do not let this hold you back from enjoying this wonderful restaurant. the Red Road also has lunch fare like hamburgers on their menu that is perfect for their patio or to take back you your blanket down the beach.
In a addition to the restaurant, the Red Road now boasts a very lovely beach-side patio with tables and umbrellas to enjoy their fare "al fresco". We can't wait until the warm weather returns and we can return to the shores of Lake Huron and our favourite new restaurant. You will not be disappointed. I want to thank the chef and the rest of the Red Road staff for creating such an imaginative menu and bringing fine bistro dining right to the beach at Sauble.
Sauble Beach, in my view, is one of the top natural attractions in Ontario, now the Red Road at Sauble is a top culinary attraction. Thank you for two memorable dining experiences!
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