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The Wakefield Mill
The Wakefield Mill
The Wakefield Mill
The Wakefield Mill
The Wakefield Mill
The Wakefield Mill
The Wakefield Mill
The Wakefield Mill
The Wakefield Mill
The Wakefield Mill
The Wakefield Mill
The Wakefield Mill
Foods from The Wakefield Mill

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2010 Jul 15
The bad news - apparently the menu changes every 3 or 4 months, and today is the day for a new menu to be introduced, which means my experience on Tuesday may not be helpful to prospective customers. However, if the quality of Tuesday's dinner is any indication of what you can expect on the new menu, you have a very pleasant evening to look forward to.

The setting is lovely, and only about 35 minutes from downtown, so not a terrible drive. Staying overnight is an option and there are some very good packages that let you do so, including both dinner and breakfast, so it's a nice option for a mini getaway.

As to the food...my husband started with an absolutely fantastic foie gras "creme brulee". We weren't sure what to expect. What arrived had a creamy texture somewhere between a mousse and a pate, sitting atop a chutney made from pearl onions and blood oranges. It had all of the flavour of foie gras, without the texture issues that some might have. I would describe this as the perfect "foie gras beginner" dish. Apparently this will be replaced with a new foie gras offering that involves 3 different preparations. I'm sure it will also be wonderful, but I would have made the trip back just for this one item.

I started with the Micha, which was a seasoned ball of goat cheese, deep fried, and served with chiabatta crisps and salad greens. It was also delicious, although I think my husband won the contest on the appetizer round.

For dinner I had the rack of lamb, which was cooked to a perfect medium rare, and crusted with a salsa verde. I've had more interesting preparations, but this was still very good. My husband had a special, mahi mahi with shrimps and scallops, which he thoroughly enjoyed.

Neither of us are dessert eaters, but in hindsight, I think we should have gone that route. Dessert is included in the table d'haute, so he ordered the sorbet/ice cream offering, and I had a cheese plate. Both were okay, but nothing special. Meanwhile, I watched some pretty spectacular looking desserts go by. My advice would be to go for it and try one of those.

Service was very attentive, fairly informal but certainly well trained and friendly.

I'll go back, and probably do the same thing - go for dinner and stay overnight. By the way, there is a spa on sight, and I had a very nice massage. If you wanted to celebrate a special occassion and make a bit of a mini holiday of it, it's a nice, hassle free and close to home destination.

2010 Jul 8
I recently vistied the Mill for a romantic getaway for one night and had a wonderful time.

We ate very well. The dinner options were both creative and delicious.

The breakfast buffet the next morning (not their famous Sunday Brunch) was also well done and had enough variety to make us both happy.

I'll definitely be returning. :)

2009 Feb 15
Wow Itchy feet, that looks great! It kills me how much money people are willing to waste on crap food (McDonalds) with gems like this around.


2009 Feb 15
Being one of the rare occasions i had a camera on hand, here's my katsu-soba dish mentioned below. The photo doesn't really do justice to the labor / presentation: there's a mushroom in the middle, and in the upper right, a grilled-zucchini piece with hand-carved floral imprint. Flanking everything are the perfectly halved katsu pieces, stuffed w/ veggies and tofu, and barely visible underneath lies decent quality soba. Not a huge meal and not an epicurean one, but an unexpected surprise at a price not that much more than an outing at McD's.

2009 Feb 9
for those who've never been, the Mill is a nice place to eat and hang out, esp. if you've been doing some hiking in the area (our activity that day). Lunch is relatively inexpensive, with mains in the $10-20 range, and for that cost, you'll find yourself in a lounge that combines rustic elegance and relaxed ambiance, reclining in comfy chairs and taking in the natural beauty pouring in through the windows. To complete all of this, there's even a pool table for guest's use!

And, though seemingly an unlikely place for this, the Mill might also be emerging as a go-to for fusion-y, Japanese-inspired food, this the result a Tokyo-born/trained chef at the helm who's gently expanding the menu in new directions. (Forget his name, but for background, it was mentioned that he also worked at Les Fougères previously.)

My main was a beef-katsu + soba noodle dish the chef agreed to make vegetarian. He subbed in fresh tofu (maybe the locally produced Soyarie?), which, it was later conveyed, was actually a tricky thing because beef is better at binding together the other katsu ingredients. For what i presume was a first-time trial effort, it was not just tasty, but the most artistically arranged $10 noodle dish i've had in a long time.

My companions dined on walleye (him) and crab cakes (her). His was the more expensive main @ $15, but also the most expansive. I didn't solicit impressions, but both enjoyed their meals.

After eating, we lounged for an hour chatting and sipping coffee ... its that kind of place when not busy.

2007 Feb 12
Creme brulee for dessert. It was very good; I've had better, but not by much. You can see more of that nifty sugar sculpture as well.

2007 Feb 12
I believe this was my main course on the second night (bison) rather than my wife's (venison).

2007 Feb 12
My wife's salad on the second night. I didn't try it, but it sure looked neat.

2007 Feb 12
My appetizer on the second night: deep fried tiger shrimp raviolis. They were the only (slight) disappointment I had. The shrimp inside was nice and plump, and the compote they came with was delicious, but they still struck me as a sort of high-end egg roll. That being said, I did happily eat them all.

2007 Feb 12
These tasty looking truffles came with the bill. My wife had to "take one for the team" and eat them all, thereby preventing my likely demise from nut ingestion. She did her best to pretend they weren't very good. :-)

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