Riverview, New Brunswick
April 19, 2005
It operates as a traditional pub on one side, all dark wood, massive bar, and taps, with a really attractive room. On the other side is a restaurant featuring a combination of table and booth seating. It is a relatively small room, its most noticeable features being its high, beamed ceiling and Victorian store windows looking out into the street. The feel is extremely pleasant, with muted colours and walls hung with water colours and prints.
You are offered two menus, a pub menu with fairly simple fare, fish-and-chips, pub steak, chicken, etc., and a dinner menu that contains some tempting offerings, including rack of lamb, scallops, salmon, and chicken. You can see both menus and the wine list at The Merchantman. We opted for the special of the day, medallions of Black Angus beef tenderloin with grape blue cheese cream sauce, and it was absolutely delicious. We started with Caesar salads that were very good, and my wife ended with a Caramilk cheesecake that was out-of-this-world (so she says), and I finished with a Spanish coffee that was excellent as well.
The presentation was very nice, and frankly, the whole restaurant experience was enjoyable. It is odd that in a restaurant that does the food so well that they don’t cover the other bases: there are paper serviettes for example, and the butter comes in the little commercial plastic containers. Only a single fork is offered, and the waitress neglected to start the wine. But those were small things, perhaps the reason that this restaurant only receives two diamonds from AAA. Otherwise, it’s a great choice for an evening out.
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