I have an unfortunate confession to make.
I have lived in Huron County for nearly two years, and have just sampled my first full meal at Samuels Boutique Hotel. I had attended the scenic location for meetings, and had admired the skilled restoration work. I’ve enjoyed sweets from the kitchen, but until yesterday, I had never crossed into Saltford for a delicious meal. I had two friends join me for dinner. We noticed lovely, thoughtful details as soon as we walked through the door.
The dining room is very bright, with plenty of windows. We were lucky enough to be seated overlooking the Maitland Bridge. I had intended to take another photo as the sun set, but was too busy enjoying my delicious meal.
While there was no denying that our visit was mid-winter, the warm colours and live plants in the dining room were enough to make us forget the weather outside for a few hours. It took us quite a while to decide what to order, and ultimately all went with the Taste of Huron Winter Dining Program three-course menu. The starter was a black bean croquette. The croquette was tasty and non-traditional. It was made with sweet potato, and was topped with mango salsa and sour cream, served on a bed of greens.
The main course was a Brazilian pork curry. The curry had some of the same flavours as the appetizer (black beans, mango and sweet potato) but the execution and addition of chorizo and pork tenderloin made it complimentary without being repetitive. The colours and presentation were beautiful.
Our wonderful meal ended with a cherry brandy brownie. The brownie was rich, and topped with plenty of cherries and vanilla Greek yogurt.
One of my companions ordered hot chocolate with dessert and was delighted to see it topped
with homemade marshmallows! We all agreed that little details like this were what make Samuels such a special place.
We were all surprised at how reasonably priced our meal was. Our three-course dinner was $30 per person, before tax and tip.If you can’t make it for Winter Dining Program, which runs until Feb. 28, Samuels will be offering a Maple Magic four-course dinner on Friday, March 13. On Saturday, March 14, they will offer a full day of fun, including horse drawn sleigh rides, snowman making and complimentary hot chocolate all day.
The dining room’s bistro menu is available from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. (appetizers, $7-14, mains, $9-21)
Samuels Hotel is located at 34031 Saltford Road, Goderich