I’ve never reviewed a restaurant before, here or anywhere else. The Good Earth in Beamsville, Ontario is a perfect place to start.
We went there for lunch to celebrate my husband’s birthday. It’s located in the Beamsville wine region, there’s nothing like enjoying lunch amongst the vines that provided the grapes for the wine you are drinking.
The setting is beautiful and the fact that the Good Earth is actually somebody’s home gives it a warm atmosphere but the food is really what makes me love this place.
The food is all sourced locally wherever possible. We started with the Fall Deli Board, a compilation of local meats, cheeses and marinated vegetables and a plate of fries and sweet potatoes that arrived with 3 homemade, unique dips. Both of us had the fish feature of the day, seared scallops on a bed of arugula, topped with quinoa, nuts and seeds, pomegranate and goat cheese. It was divine. We had ordered a lot of food by this stage but nothing was stopping me finishing this dish. The accompanying bottle of Cabernet Franc was as equally as good.
We did have our daughters with us and I love that this restaurant didn’t offer a children’s menu. I detest children’s menus. There is almost never a vegetable included, the only seasonings are salt and ketchup and almost all the dishes require deep frying. Eating in a restaurant is, to me, an experience to enjoy good food cooked by somebody far more talented that me. Why should children be deprived of this because they eat smaller portions? Today, my 2 enjoyed the deli board as much as we did and they shared a portion of mushroom and barley risotto and what they didn’t eat is sitting in our fridge right now.
I absolutely love they can experience good food and this certainly was. It was also reasonably priced. I’m not sure I could have asked for more.