Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Hip Getaways - Oliver & Bonacini Cafe, Collingwood

We are big fans of the well-priced and always delicious Oliver & Bonacini Cafe Grill locations in and around Toronto.  So we were thrilled to be able catch-up with one of our faves while on a weekend vacay to Collingwood, Ontario.
Located inside the Westin Trillium House at Blue Mountain Resort, O&B serves up gourmet versions of classic comfort fare.  The menu features steaks, seafood, pizzas, pasta and burgers in a dining room and patio overlooking the main pond.

The Northern Woods Mushroom Soup with truffle essence and rosemary ($7.75) was a thick creamy bowl of goodness.  I was told that there was no cream or butter, just pure mushroom love and the taste really came through.  Hip + Urban Husband or huh? as we like to call him, could not resist his love of bread and cheese soaking in The Tuscan Onion Soup with bocconcini, mozzarella and foccacia crouton ($7.75). Thinly sliced morsels of onion melted in your mouth with gooey pieces of cheese stringing all over the bowl.  Divine.
I have never been disappointed by any of the pasta dishes at O&B.  I think they pretty much have that well-perfected.  The Oven Baked Ricotta & Roasted Garlic Gnocchi ($18.50) came with big chunks of slow braised veal in a tomato, garlic and red wine sauce.  Ricotta gnocchi vs. potato gnocchi seems so much fluffier, less dense and something I don't think I could ever make.  Leave it to the experts, I say!
huh? or hug husband was practically raised on Kraft Dinner.  The O&B Macaroni & Cheese ($16.95) is not neon orange in colour but made with Balderson cheddar and Chevalier goat cheese as opposed to you know, powder.  The creamy cheese flavour is balanced out with slivered chicken and sweet garden peas.  

The O&B Patio has prime real estate on the pond with sail shades providing relief from the sun.  The patio is the perfect spot from 2-6 PM as they feature 50% off all their bar bites.  Highly recommend that you try The Wellington County Beef Sliders (3 for $10.95) and The Buttermilk Battered Onion Rings ($7.95).  Cocktails are only $4.95 Monday-Wednesday which makes this a great midday spot too.  Dinner on Saturday night was bustling not just with tourists, but with local residents celebrating birthdays and anniversaries all around us.
Visit Oliver & Bonacini Cafe Grill next time you are in Collingwood or at one of their locations around the GTA.  The cuisine is high quality, so there is no need to resort to any sort of drive-thru while on vacation.

Read more from our Collingwood Travel Series including our stay at The Westin Trillium House and visit to Le Scandinave Spa.

1 comment:

  1. That gnocchi looks fabulous. I've never had ricotta gnocchi before. Would definitely want to try since I find potato gnocchi way too heavy and filling. Braised veal...yum!