Fellow foodies told me that TripAdvisors reviews are often not reliable. However, fortunately, I’ve had different experiences. Take Treadwell as an example, it is rated the #1 restaurant in Niagara-on-the-Lake on the site, and I do agree that it is the best restaurant in the area.

Treadwell was previously located in St Catherines and moved to Niagara a couple of years ago. The establishment has a dining room with an open kitchen; a long chef/bar table that seats approximately 10-12; a mini bar that seats around 5 – 6; one big round table; and a few other smaller ones. Adjacent to the restaurant, Treadwell also has a winebar with a shorter bar menu that serves items like charcuterie and mussels.

I am very happy about the meal though one complaint that I do have is that as the restaurant got busier, the ventilation of the open kitchen was not powerful enough so the dining room got stuffy. Maybe next time I will go at an earlier time just to avoid the crowd.

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A big tray of herbs that the chefs were sprinkling onto the dishes as garnish.

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$12 Roasted Parsnip Soup ~ Creamy and delicious. Too bad after finishing the whole bowl of soup, I got full immediately.

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$17 – “Pingue’s” Aged 24 Month Prosciutto with “Monforte” Toscano Preserved Lemon, Niagara Balsamic Reduction ~ This prosciutto was from a local farmer who raises pigs in Niagara. Our server told us that it’s very hard to buy 24 month prosciutto in supermarkets as most are 12-18 months. However, extended aging made the meat too salty.

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$20 Peppercorn Crusted BC Albacore Tuna with “Pristine’s” Edamame Guanciale, Housemade Teriyaki ~ I ordered this appetizer as my main course. The tuna was fatty and fresh. It was my favourite dish of the night and I will definitely order it again next time I visit.

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$14 Roasted Local Carrot Salad with Sheep’s Milk Feta Apple, Toasted Sesame, Chili Vinaigrette ~ This salad was perfect for sharing. The carrots really did look and taste like they came straight from a farm.

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$18 Appetizer / $26 Main Course Housemade Herb & Potato Gnocchi with “Marc’s” Wild Mushrooms Crumbled Blue Cheese, Crispy Sage ~ The gnocchis were like fluffy little pillows. I would pick this as comfort food over mac and cheese.

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$32 Pan Seared “Icy Waters” Arctic Char with “Dave’s” Creamed Brussels Sprouts Crispy Crushed Fingerlings, Charred Tomato Vinaigrette ~ I know I used the word “fresh” a lot in this entry, and here we go again: the arctic char was fresh, light and flaky. It was both delicious and healthy. I wish I can cook like that at home. Oh wait, I don’t really know how to cook!

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The daily feature was a roasted lamb leg which was also in the $30s range. It was cooked for hours then thrown into the oven to re-heat before serving. The meat fell right off the bone, but the texture was too dry. I consider it the weakest dish of the night.

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Typically when dining in Niagara-on-the-Lake I would order a local wine. But this “Flor Power” from Jerez was way too interesting to pass. As the name suggested, the wine was fermented with the presence of flor, like fino sherry. What was intriguing was that this wine has only 11.5% abv, not fortified to 15% like fino sherry to 15%. I always thought that flor feeds on alcohol in order to survive, and 15% is optimal for keeping the flor alive. Perhaps this was an exception? Technicalities aside, this was an enjoyable wine; it carried certain fino sherry characteristics, but was a bit rounder on the palate and not as bone dry.

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We ordered three desserts to share but weren’t overly impressed. A rosemary crème brûlée that did not taste like rosemary; a mediocre chocolate cake; 3 scoops of house-made ice cream – with the salted caramel ice cream almost completed melted!

Treadwell Farm to Table Cuisine Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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