Thursday, April 18, 2013
Lunching at a Mill - Heirloom Café Bistro Is One of Almonte's Valuable Possessions
While foodie-loping in the Valley yesterday, I stopped in Almonte for lunch. The Heirloom Café Bistro is situated in the ground level of the town's old historic Victoria Woolen Mill, now converted into condominiums. They have been part of the Almonte food scene for three years.
The high ceilings leave open the rustic wood timber beams. Large windows surround the perimeter of the dining room, allowing full light from all sides. It is an elegant setting for relaxed fine-dining, right down to the white linen tablecloths.
The lunch menu offered a broad selection, plus a few daily specials. My soup being one of them. Food is locally sourced from such places as: Back Forty Artisan Cheese, Mariposa Farm, Maplelane Farm, Perth Pork Products, Art-is-in Bakery, Equator Roasters Coffee.
I started with their Daily Market Soup, the Mushroom and Brie Bisque. As the name would suggest, it was quite rich and I appreciated choosing the smaller serving. My wedge of Art-is-in Bakery Dynamite baguette was warmed slightly.
The Warm Beet and Parsnip Salad was amply portioned with the titled root vegetables and used as it's base fresh, fresh tender baby spinach.
Thin threads of red onion were woven through and the dish was crowned with young, bright pea sprouts. There was a tease of Highland Blue morsels, Back Forty Artisan Cheese's Royal Winter Fair ribbon winner.
As I settled in for slow bites of my salad, I unearthed a mother lode of Perth Pork Products' smokey bacon.
Prices are quite reasonable for the setting and food quality. Service was attentive and helpful. The food exquisitely prepared.
Google Maps says it is 37 minutes door to door. Their brunch menu has caught my eye. I shall return.
PS. I first read about this place from My Macaroni Pie back in July 2011.
Heirloom Café Bistro
7 Mill Street
Facebook: Heirloom Cafe Bistro
Tues to Sat: 11 am - 3 pm; 5 - 9 pm
Sun: 11 am - 3 pm