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“Classy & fun... and ridiculously yummy”
Review of Dining Room

Dining Room
Ranked #36 of 262 Restaurants in Charlottetown
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Canadian
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: The newly-renovated dining room is the training restaurant for The Culinary Institute of Canada. Our students, under the guidance of world class chef instructors, prepare extraordinary culinary creations using the very best the fields and waters of PEI have to offer. The Institute’s fine dining restaurant and first floor dining areas are undergoing significant upgrades as part of a $7.5 million renovation and expansion project. We will re-open to the general public in November 2017 with a fresh new look. The renovation and expansion to The Culinary Institute of Canada was made possible by investments from the federal and provincial governments, and a capital campaign led by the Holland College Foundation, called Nourish.
Reviewed August 25, 2012

We dined at the LMM room while on our honeymoon, before going to the Anne of Green Gables musical at the Confederation Centre. Because we had a showtime to meet, I made reservations ahead of time, and the lady who took our reservation was kind enough to make a note of what time we needed to be done by, as well as that we were on our honeymoon, and passed the info on to our server.

We sat down overlooking the ocean bay, the table & chairs having been arranged so we could make the most of the view. Both our server and our food runner came to introduce themselves, and, without listing every single thing they did, the service was amazing. Our server, in addition to explaining the items on the menu, took the time to chat with us, and gave us some tips about places to visit on the Island. We loved her.

We were first treated to an amuse bouche - deep fried yogurt (!) with berries macerated in Grand Marnier. Yum. We were also brought fresh breads with apple butter, a herbed oil, and black cherry balsamic from a local shop called Liquid Gold. We ordered a bottle of The New Red, a locally made wine, which was very nice. We felt it was very similar to some of the Ontario reds we've had. For our appetizer we ordered the clam & mussel chowder to share, and were pleasantly surprised to see that they had taken the trouble to plate a half-order separately for each of us. It was delicious, with nice-sized chunks of seafood and potato, well cooked, in a very yummy broth. We had a hard time choosing our main courses and decided to order two different ones so we could switch halfway. We got the wild boar with sausage ravioli, and the "catch of the day", which was halibut with fingerling potatoes and a maple glaze. Everything was perfectly cooked, with the exception of the ravioli, as we did find the pasta to be a little on the tough side. This was the only thing we didn't love.

On our server's suggestion, we split the tiramisu for dessert, which was a lovely end to the meal. We were again pleasantly surprised to have fresh chocolates brought with our bill. Very nice to have complimentary touches at both the beginning and end of the meal!

We were impressed with how well the menu reflected the local tastes of the Island, and service was outstanding. Our meal was timed perfectly so that we had plenty of time to walk to the Confederation Centre in time for the show, without feeling rushed at all. This is a more expensive place to eat, but for a special occasion it is well worth it, particularly considering the level of service and the little extras that AREN'T included in the bill. We would definitely return here the next time we visit PEI.

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Thank mapleke
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Reviewed August 8, 2012

Doubtless a restaurant that serves as a training ground for future chefs has variable quality, but if that's true for this place, we picked its best evening. Yes, the view across the harbour is lovely. We were entertained by a regatta of more than 20 yachts and various power boats. But the jewel here was the food. We only ordered a main course, but we were treated to an amuse bouche (delicious), salty bread and a trio of out-of-the-ordinary dips feature apple butter, and a nice chocolate sweet on asking for the bill. We chose local wine - good. The dishes, beef and salmon, were brightly presented and provided a spectrum of tastes depending on how you mixed and matched the adornments. Interesting and pleasurably eating from beginning to end (rather than the same thing for 20 minutes).
Only downside is finding the way in. The restaurant is inside the college. Just park in the huge carpark, and push open the front doors (two lots) and there she is.

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1  Thank PhilipH1
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Reviewed July 25, 2012

The view, dining room and service were lovely. The food was inconsistent. The amuse bouche was spot-on but the appetizers were less well done. For appetizers, We had the chowder (grit from mussels) and the sweetbread ravioli (paste was undone). The mains were okay to very good (wild boar - very good, scallops - a bit gritty, and steak - good).

Thank Calgary4togo
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

Unfortunately it was cloudy when we visited but the view of the bay is a big selling point. The food was carefully prepared and the menu if full of imagination. Enjoyed our night there, spent with friends, very much.

Thank Kev0P
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Reviewed June 18, 2012

luckily had a 2 for one entree coupon, as we did find the prices a bit pricey...but good food well presented, staff (students) provided great service ...make sure you reserve!

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1  Thank hadacareer
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