After a full-day board meeting, our group was in need of a good meal. We found it at the Saint John Ale House. The restaurant was fairly quiet on a Sunday evening, which worked out well for us, as we could be as noisy as we liked with no fear of bothering other diners. The table ordered a variety of dishes. I started with "The Cure", a plate of cured meats and pickled vegetables that was VERY nicely balanced in flavours and spiciness.
For a main course, I had the buttermilk chicken with fries. Very crispy hot fries, which was great, and the buttermilk chicken tenders were superb. Moist, flavourful and not OVER battered. Other members of our group enjoyed their dishes as well, and the garlic mashed potatos seemed to be a big hit as a side.
For dessert, I tried the apple crumble, and also had a morsel of the Guiness cake. The Guiness chocolate cake was lovely, but I was happy I had chosen the crumble, as the richness of the cake might have been a bit much after the appetizer and main course.
Had local beers -- Picaroon's Amber Ale and the Winter Warmer. The seasonal beer was particularly nice.
My meal was somewhere around $53, which is a significant meal, but with a couple of drinks, an appetizer, a main and a dessert, is not out of line at all, especially considering the quality of the food.
Service was good; a trifle slow, but patient given the boisterous group. Overall, a great experience and I'd go back anytime I was in Saint John.
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