A Weekend of Awesome Dining at Viamede Resort
17 Sep 2018
Disclosure: Our meals were covered by Viamede Resort. All opinions are my own.
Viamede Resort is not just a vacation spot to escape from your daily routine. It’s a culinary experience you will be delightfully surprised by. With 3 unique restaurants on site, a BBQ menu, and a porch kitchen where you can grill up your own meals, there is something that everyone will enjoy.
The Boathouse is just that… a boathouse. There is a dining room above a boathouse. This elevated restaurant gives you panoramic view of Stoney Lake. You can either dine inside the dining room, or (if weather permits) grab a table on the elevated deck, to get an even better view of the lake, and enjoy some sunshine as well.
The Boathouse is a Summer time restaurant, open 11am to 9pm, from Canada Day Weekend to Labour Day Weekend. It is closed after Labour Day Weekend.
The menu includes salads, chicken wings, soups, fries, flatbread pizza, pasta, burgers (regular and veggie), and sandwiches. The Boathouse also offers some amazing dinner selections including: Beef Short Rib, Pan Seared Pork Chop, Pan Seared Trout, and Chicken Supreme.
Desserts are not to be missed! The Mennonite-Style Apple Fritters, NY Cheesecake, and BF Cookie were family favourites.
Reservations are required for guests not staying at the resort. Be sure to check out The Boathouse’s menu.
What we ate:
We tried as many items from the menu as we could.
• Romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese, crumbled bacon and house-made crouton with roasted garlic dressing.
Kitchen Staff’s Poutine
• Crispy fries, Viamede’s own bratwurst, caramelized onions, smothered in stout beef gravy and curds, served with spicy mayo. Note: The kitchen was out of bratwurst, so they substituted pulled pork.
• BBQ, mild, medium, hot or honey garlic, served with blue cheese sauce and carrot sticks.
We had the BBQ and the honey garlic.
Sweet Potato Fries
• Tomato sauce and mozzarella with roasted veggies and Viamede-raised maple bratwurst.
Ontario Tomato Pasta
• Penne with roasted peppers, mushrooms, onions and chorizo in tomato sauce.
• Penne with spinach, mushrooms and grilled chicken in cream sauce.
• Penne with foraged garlic mustard pesto, goat cheese and grilled chicken.
Fish and Chips
• Three breaded and fried perch filets served with house tartar and coleslaw on a bed of golden fries.
Ontario Beef Burger
• Classic patty with greens, tomato, onion, cheddar, bacon and pickle on a toasted brioche bun. Served with fries.
1885 Smoked Brisket
• Beef, grainy Dijon mayo, swiss cheese, tomato, pickles and greens on a toasted ciabatta.
• Grilled chicken breast with apple-cranberry chutney, swiss cheese, tomato and mixed greens on a toasted ciabatta.
Beef Short Rib
• Braised in red wine with mushrooms and carrots.
Mennonite-Style Apple Fritters
• 3 battered and fried apple rings tossed in cinnamon and sugar. Served with a scoop of ice cream.
• Stewed and topped with buttery oats, baked until crisp and topped with vanilla ice cream.
• The classic. Served with berry compôt.
• A big warm chocolate chip cookie, topped with vanilla ice cream, and drizzled with chocolate sauce.
1885 Restaurant is your classic dining room, with comfort food sure to please everyone’s palette. The dining rooms has fireside couches, board games, darts, ping pong, and foosball. Breakfast is served 8:30am to 10:30am each morning. From Labour Day to Canada Day, you can dine at 1885 Restaurant for all three meals of the day. During July and August, 1885 Restaurant serves breakfast only.
Breakfast is buffet style. Items include: eggs, French toast, pancakes, potatoes, sausages, bacon, cereal, fruit, yogurt, and various breads. Check out their seasonal menu for meals between Labour Day and Canada Day.
Reservations are required for guests not staying at the resort.
This 9 table restaurant is nestled in the forest across the street from Viamede Resort’s main lodge. Using locally sourced ingredients, some even grown on the farm at Viamede, the Chef creates a culinary adventure for guests to enjoy by candlelight, in the historic Inn at Mount Julian. With a gramophone playing classic tunes, and the warm ambient decor, you are sure to feel welcome and relaxed.
Mount Julian is recommended for diners 12 year of age or older, so it is not an option for families with younger children. With that said, Wendy and I made reservations for an early romantic dinner, and afterwards, took our kids to dinner at The Boathouse.
You have a choice of a 5, 7, or 9 course meal, all 3 of which is “Chef’s Choice”. Each course is paired with a local wine, beer, or spiri. We chose the 7 course meal and wine pairing.
Our server asked if there were any dietary restrictions or aversions. I had mentioned that I am not a fan of cheese or cream sauces. She asked at every course how I was doing, and if there was an element in an upcoming course that they had questions with, they came over and asked me ahead of time. It was very thoughtful of them to take my pickiness into account.
• Rye berry and Niagara peach stuffed dolma (grape leaves are grown on property)
• Chilled beet soup with cream
• Sourdough baguette with house made basil butter (basil is grown on property)
• Paired with a 2016 Pinot Gris
• Crispy Lake Erie pickerel, with brown butter zucchini, tomato salsa (tomatoes are grown on property)
• Paired with a 2014 Tawse Chardonnay
• Spring mixed green salad, pickled chai flowers dressing
• Paired with a Cazal Viel Viognier Pays D’oc
• Smoked duck, creamed corn, beet leaves, oregano
• Paired with a 2016 Closson Chase Churchside Pinot Noir
• Braised beef (red wine and currant), caramelized mashed potatoes with green and purple peppers
• Paired with a 2015 Chateau Pesquie Terrasses Rouge
• Cheese plate – Ashley goat cheese, handeck, tanya, with grapes, apples, and crisps
• Paired with a Sortilège
• Clafoutis (soufflé crossed with crème brûlée), with house made maraschino cherry clafoutis
• Paired with Sortilège
Labour Day Weekend to Victoria Day Weekend
Saturdays only, dinner times by reservation
Victoria Day Weekend to Canada Day Weekend
Friday and Saturday, dinner times by reservation
Canada Day Weekend to Labour Day Weekend
Tuesday to Sunday, dinner times by reservation
Mount Julian is by reservation only.
Viamede offers a BBQ menu during the summer months. You can order BBQ baskets for you to cook yourself. You can cook your basket ingredients at the Porch Kitchen (located beside The Boathouse), or if you staying in a cabin, you can use the propane BBQ located on the deck of your cabin.
You can choose from: all=beef burgers, all=beef hotdogs, veggie burgers, stripling steaks, pork chops, salmon filets, roasted BBQ 1/4 chicken (fully cooked, requires reheating), 1/2 rack of pork ribs, rolls and butter, garden salad, Caesar salad, potato salad, macaroni salad, roasted potatoes, baked potatoes, corn on the cob, grilled summer vegetables, fruit kebabs, BYO s’mores, sweets and treats, butter tarts, and carrot cake. Perfect for a warm summer’s day or evening.
We decided not to go this route. However, this is a nice option for a nice sunny dry afternoon. The BBQ Menu is available from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving.
Viamede Resort is completely tip-free. if you are staying at the resort, there is need to carry money with you – just charge the meal to your room, and that’s that. Viamede believes in paying their staff fair wages, and don’t; want to burden their guests with extra fees.
They do suggest that if you feel the need to do something kind because you received great service, to:
• Hug a dog (easy to find at Viamede Resort)
• Pick up a piece of trash
• Say hello to a stranger
• Give a few dollars to charity
A Great Culinary Experience
If you are looking for a fun and relaxing getaway, with an amazing food experience, Viamede Resort has what you are looking for. With 3 restaurants, and a community porch kitchen area with a wonderful BBQ menu, you are sure to find something to satisfy your palette.