Inn on the Twenty is located in Jordan, Ontario, right in the heart of the Twenty Valley wine country. The area includes the Inn, a spa, a restaurant and the Cave Spring Cellars tasting room. I had heard nothing but good things about the restaurant and on Mother’s Day I got a chance to dine there with my mom and her boyfriend. We had been visiting vineyards in the area in the afternoon, and were quite famished. Our visit there wasn’t planned so I was stoked when we managed to get in without a reservation (apparently the big Mother’s Day rush had happened in the afternoon).
Inn on the Twenty really highlights the Niagara region and each dish is complemented by a suggested glass of local wine. Cave Spring makes one of my favourite white wines – Riesling Dolomite. It’s a dry white, very crisp, with bright citrus notes, and nice acidity. Sadly, it is only available at the winery, it’s not carried in the LCBO. I’m glad we got to enjoy a bottle with dinner though.
For my appetizer I had the scallop ceviche, served with pineapple salsa, citrus and dill. The scallops themselves were very nice – soft and tender with a sweet, mild flavour. I did find the amount of really tart pineapple on the plate was a bit much. I know the acidity is needed for a ceviche, but having more than a piece or two with each bite overwhelmed the delicate scallop.
Heirloom beet salad with goat and feta cheese mousse, pumpkin seed butter, black mission fig and roasted pear. This was my mom’s appetizer, and it looked and tasted lovely. The beets were very good and the pumpkin seed butter was a real standout.
Andy got the white Pacific shrimp with Harissa sauce, pancetta, frisee, caper-berries, and gremolata.
For my main I got the Wellington County rib-eye with celeriac root gratin, broccolini, and Chermoula butter. The rib-eye was tender and full of flavour with just the right amount of fat in the cut. I also really enjoyed the lemon-scented broccolini – it was delicious and had a crisp bite to it.
Chicken breast with potato puree, beets and caper-berry relish. This chicken was incredibly moist. My mom found the potato puree a bit on the salty side, though I quite enjoyed the taste I had of it.
Smoked duck breast with pumpkin spaetzle and black plum compote. The duck was delicious.
Sip ‘n’ Sweets – a shot of espresso, white chocolate orange creme brulee, and a cinnamon biscotti. I love creme brulee, but after ordering it in restaurant I often think “I can make better at home.” This one, however, did not leave me with that thought. It was amazing, white chocolate and orange is such a good flavour combination. It also had a nice, thick sugar crust. A perfect end to my meal.
My mom and Andy shared a lime-coconut cheesecake with gingersnaps, cranberry and coconut crisp. This was also excellent.
My meal at Inn on the Twenty was excellent. The food, the wine, the service, and the lovely view of the Twenty Valley all combined together to create a very enjoyable experience.