Best restaurant for a great dinner in Guelph
I will be visiting Guelph this weekend and would appreciate any advice on the best restaurant for a great dinner....price is no object. Most important criteria are: really great, 'gourmet' food experience, a reasonably-priced wine list, and an intimate, fun and non-stuffy ambience.
The ones I've read about and are considering are:
Babel Fish Bistro
I read somewhere on this site before about Georgian Creeds too, but it sounded more traditional and less innovative than what I'm looking for - but please correct me if I'm mistaken! I wouldn't want to miss a great meal based on an incorrect perception of something I read.
A recommendation for a more casual meal (if we can fit it in) would be great too. There seems to be a lot of enthusiasm for Carden Street Cafe.
I haven't been to the others on your list, but theres also a restaurant called Parallel which is owned by the same people as Babelfish. I know you can find both of their menus online if you search long enough.
Personally, I don't like Carden Street Cafe at all... I went with my friends after one of them got a gift certificate, and personally, it wasn't even worth the free meal. I can't remember exactly what we had, but they seem like a place which is trying to be hip, especially with Asian Fusion, but what they come out with, to me, is quite low quality. Atmosphere is also "interesting". Definitley not a place to go for gourmet food.
here's a site I found with reviews on the restos in Guelph, not sure how quality the reviews are though..
personally i love carden street. the mushroom pate is wonderful. the hummus is really great. i've gotten a few different things there, but i always seem to come back to a curry (chicken or lamb, depends on my mood) with roti, don't expect a west indian wrapped roti, it's a different, but still tasty, kind of thing. the one thing i will say about carden street though is that it is not a place to go for a fast meal. service is always slow there. also, tough to get a seat on a friday or saturday night, generally you need reservations. and i would also agree that it's not a fine dining establishment. for fine dining i highly reccomend bistro 6, the food is fabulous. if you do a search for guelph on the board there are quite a few threads on here.
personally i prefer bistro six over parallel or bablefish, but it's about the food not the atmosphere. not that the atmosphere at bistro 6 is bad, it's lovely, clean lines, but the atmosphere at the other two is certainly funkier.
i've never been into other brothers, fairly traditional, always felt a bit over priced for what you got, but again, it's all about personal preference. i felt much the same with my experience at aberfoyle mill, it didn't blow me away.
i used to love latino's, and i still do go back, but i think it's gone a bit downhill of late...
the longest thread on guelph seems to be http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...
I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Manhattan's on Gordon just south of the University of Guelph. THey have a marvelous selection of pizza and everything is of a superb quality. As I recall their beer, wine and liquor lists are all excellent as well. My favourite pizza to try: smoked salmon, red onion, capers, tomatoes, artichokes.
Hope you have a great weekend in Guelph. If that doesn't work for you, travel to any of the smaller towns in the area:Erin, Elora, Erin, Fergus, or Erin for some more options.
I would be curious to hear where you went and what you thought when it's all through. Where ever you go, enjoy!