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Harvest or Bloomfield Carriage restaurant?

2Nappa May 28, 2009 05:04 PM

We have one night to spend in Prince Edward County on our first visit and am debating between dinner at either Harvest or Bloomfield Carriage restaurant. We like seafood. Which one is better?

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    Arcadiaseeker May 29, 2009 05:48 AM

    Harvest, hands down. Michael Potters is one of the best chefs cooking in Canada today in my opinion. The menu is always based on local availability -- it's all seasonal so you might not end up with seafood per se. But you can certainly call ahead and see what they have.

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    1. re: Arcadiaseeker
      ms. clicquot May 29, 2009 05:57 AM

      Although I haven't been to Bloomfield Carriage, I would absolutely recommend Harvest. I've been a number of times and have never been disappointed. The menu doesn't tend to be seafood-heavy but I have had scallops there. As Arcadiaseeker suggests, call ahead. My brother-in-law is a vegetarian and they are always happy to accommodate his wishes. My last meal there, about a month ago, was outstanding.

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        bjinyyz May 29, 2009 06:55 AM

        Harvest! I was there 2 weeks ago.

    2. Googs May 29, 2009 07:24 AM

      I'll be the lone dissenter. I'd pick Carriage House over every other restaurant in PEC. Incredible food, wine, and none of the service issues that Harvest suffers from. Most PEC restos focus on local ingredients so really there's no edge there either.

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        Arcadiaseeker May 29, 2009 09:02 AM

        Googs, I love the service at HArvest -- have been lots and never had a bad experience. They are super friendly and knowledgeable, at least that's been my experience there.

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        torontofoodiegirl May 29, 2009 10:34 AM

        I've been to both once (last summer) and, while I enjoyed both, Harvest was the clear winner (you've gotta like butter though - it was rich...).

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          Googs May 30, 2009 05:43 AM

          I had the worst tasting-menu-with-wine-pairings service experience ever at Harvest. Nothing I've read since has said they rectified their service issues. Are you going a la carte, Arcadiaseeker?

          Butter is cheating.

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            Arcadiaseeker May 30, 2009 06:59 AM

            I've done both a wine pairing dinner (for Taste of the County) and a la carte dinner on a few occasions -- also done a handful of brunches. The wine pairings were great when we had them -- that was about 2 years back though. I've always found staff really know their stuff.

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          Countygal May 30, 2009 12:37 PM

          Harvest can be problematic- I've had one terrific meal there, several so-so dinners and one terrible tasting/wine pairing. The service is inconsistent. Have never been disappointed at Carriage House, the Merrill Inn is also lovely.

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            macika May 31, 2009 12:00 AM

            Harvest needs a good manager, and even more so a wine waiter, someone who knows wine...go to Bloomfield Carriage.

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              Googs May 31, 2009 08:25 AM

              That's the real tipping point for me. I hope Carriage House still has that fantastic server whom also possesses in-depth wine knowledge.

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              Anna Kremina Jun 4, 2009 02:08 PM

              Just for the record, Michael Potters, agreeably a wonderful chef, seldom actually cooks at Harvest these days. If this doesn't matter, and if you're okay with a range of fantastic to sometimes-perplexing service, Harvest is a great choice. Second the motion for Merrill Inn as well, great wine and lovely, romantic room with less attitude and noise. Dine well!

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                k8supergrover Jun 4, 2009 09:25 PM

                I was at Harvest a few weeks go and while the food was great (and the special was a trio of fish which one in my party reported to be excellent) there were definite service issues. At one point there were zero employees in the dining room (was it staff meal time?) and it took forever for water glasses to be refilled, etc. They have lowered their prices and increased the portion sizes from when they first opened so if you're going into it knowing the service won't be super polished you'll be fine.
                If you have time for a lunch Currah's on the main street of Picton is great for seafood (or so I have heard).

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