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Help me find gourmet near Bowmanville.

Suburban Gourmand Sep 29, 2008 07:02 AM

I am looking for a nice (hopefully really nice) restaurant near Bowmanville. We are stuck within a reasonably small radius, extending west to Oshawa and east to Newcastle. Is there anything good in this area?

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    jjmellon Nov 1, 2008 08:31 PM

    I have eaten at Chanterelle Bistro in Bowmanville several times, and it is one of the top ten restaurants between Scarborough and Kingston (inclusive). It is not "gourmet" (Bowmanville & gourmet -- you're kidding, right?), but it is a good neighborhood bistro with reasonable prices.

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    1. re: jjmellon
      jjmellon Nov 1, 2008 09:05 PM

      So, Suburban, how about you try it out and write a review? I guarantee it's the best restaurant in Bowmanville, and you've got to eat somewhere, right?

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        Suburban Gourmand Nov 3, 2008 07:02 AM

        I haven't been to Chanterelle's, but I have been to its previous incarnation, Silk's. Silk's was ok. Agreed that as a regular bistro it was just fine for entertaining a mother in law or such. Unfortunately, we just had one too many reheated prefab meals there. A pork tenderloin that I still remember to this day as being obviously stuck under a heat lamp until dessicated. So unfortunate.

        Their specials were always excellent, fresh and delicious.

        I do look forward to trying Chanterelle's...if they were open when they said they were! We tried eating lunch there one day, and although the hours of operation said "open" the place was locked tight. What a shame!

        1. re: Suburban Gourmand
          jjmellon Nov 8, 2008 10:19 AM

          With the greatest respect, that's whining, not dining. I think the restaurant is worth a visit at dinner where you actually try the food and give us a review!

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      bigos70 Sep 30, 2008 09:07 AM

      I know this is past Newcastle, in Port Hope, but could be worth the drive. It is owned by a chef/food stylist, called Zest Foods.


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      1. re: bigos70
        jamesm Sep 30, 2008 09:55 AM

        I grew up in Bowmanville and gourmet is not a word I'd use to describe any of the options, although I will second Norm's Deli. My parents do like the Zest Foods recommended above.

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          Suburban Gourmand Oct 1, 2008 07:52 AM

          So, what I'm hearing is that I am SOL!

          Perhaps someone should open up something in the area!

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            foodyDudey Oct 1, 2008 10:47 AM

            I attended a wedding in Bomanville this summer that was catered by a restaurant, and the food was quite good. When I recall who catered it, I'll post here. The chef used to work at some good restaurants in Toronto before opening up there.

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              foodyDudey Oct 1, 2008 02:24 PM

              Here is the place I mentioned earlier:


              73 KING STREET W, BOWMANVILLE, ONTARIO, L1C 1R2 TEL: 905-623-8772


              33 Division St., Bowmanville, ON L1C2Z3, Canada

        2. mikeb Sep 30, 2008 07:56 AM

          Not fine dining, but I wanted to give a shout out to Norm' s Deli in Bowmanville. Colleagues pointed me to Norm's for perogies. It was a good recommendation. The perogies were as good as anything I've had in Roncesvalles.

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            bigos70 Sep 29, 2008 06:05 PM

            I have family who live in Oshawa, and they often go to the Gallery Cafe, which is above the art gallery downtown. I have been there once and it was quite good compared to the usual Oshawa fare.

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              cecilia Sep 29, 2008 03:10 PM

              Here is my post asking essentially the same question 2 years ago:

              We ended up going to Soprafino's in Oshawa. It was decent. Not near Toronto standard but way beyond your typical Clarington restaurants.

              1. Dr Butcher Sep 29, 2008 10:16 AM

                I don't think of gourmet when I think of Bowmanville, you'll notice that Kelsey's and East Side Mario's are usually rammed....

                In Newcastle there is a shop that serves sandwiches and soups that I have heard good things about. I have never been personally.

                Yummy Pleasures: 123 King Avenue West, Newcastle ON. Open 11-7 Monday to Saturday

                Lunch Menu:


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