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Best Restaurant in NB.... and maybe farther afield

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The surroundings were lovely - the previous owners were antique hunters. I was thrilled to meet my mother's (now mine) rug pattern in three different sizes in the upstairs hall - and Kaiser Wilhelm's piano (sic) in the bar.

Dining room is beautiful – a delicately figured wallpaper, nice linens and a true nosegay – oregano and chive flowers!

The wine list was okay, but the food! We got a package for $210 for room, a three course dinner and full breakfast. We paid an extra $17 each for the chef's surprise - 7 courses.

First, a mouthful of chicken foccacia with rosemary and cranberry - not a usual tastebud tantalizer but a very satisfying one.

Next an oyster with beurre blanc and some local caviar - wonderful!

A tuna carpaccio mixed with avocado, lime and chives – so lovely!

Then applewood smoked salmon on a blini with a horseradish cream – delicious (though just a tad too generous with the horseradish.)

Next was an unusual lobster, apple and foie gras combo – perfect foie gras, very tasty lobster and a slice of granny smith – I would have liked a little more apple and maybe slightly sautéed – but that’s only a suggestion, definitely not a criticism!

The meat course was perfectly cooked lamb with lentils – so yummy.

Some very nice local (Sussex, NB) from cheeses - sheep, goat and cow.

And finally a strawberry shortcake – strawberries and cream and custard on a light biscuit. Very nice.

We drank Fireweed pinot grigio from Oregon – even the lamb, thanks to a hint of mint in the sauce.

Friendly and knowledgeable staff made it most enjoyable.

Best meal I’ve had since Paris last Christmas.

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  1. Rossmount Inn St Andrews-by-the Sea.