REVIEW: Mettawas Station

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Mettawas Station

169 Landsdowne Ave 
Kingsville, Ontario Canada N9Y1S4
Phone: +1(519)733-2459
Type of Restaurant: Mediterranean 
Attire: Casual
Prices: E- $10 M- $20 D- ?
Payment Options:
Visa, Mastercard, American Express
(Winter) Hours: Tuesday (Lunch): 11:30am-2:30pm
                               Wed-Fri: Open at 11:30am
                              Sat and Sun: Open at 12 noon

Reservations? Recommended
Handicap Accessible? Yes 
Vegetarian Friendly? Yes
Vegan Friendly?
Gluten Free? Yes.






Quality of Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
Originality: 4/5
Atmosphere: 5/5
Price: 5/5

The readers of Diner's Dish voted and Mettawas Station won by a landslide as the restaurant to visit during Kingsville Ontario's "Taste of the Town" event. My little sister having just finished work decided to tag along. 

Walking up to the building itself, all I could think was how beautiful. Mettawas Station has loads of history behind it. Hiram Walker (yes of whiskey fame), commissioned architect Albert Kahn to design and build the Kingsville Train Station to be ready when construction of the railway line reached Kingsville from Windsor in the spring of 1889.

Upon entering the restaurant, my eyes were in for yet another surprise. The interior was absolutely stunning. Old-school feel, with a modern country twist. We were soon greeted, and told to sit wherever we saw fit. 

The waitress offered us drinks, I chose the Pelee Island Pinot Grigio which was on offer with the "Taste of the Town" special. Awkwardly, the waitress asked for I.D. I only WISH I was 18 again. I laughed it off and took it as a compliment.

Upon her return, we were ready to place our orders. I knew what I was after, the "Taste of the Town" special, pan-seared Rainbow Trout. Unexpectedly, the server offered up either a caesar or garden salad with my meal. My sister being the salad-fanatic helped choose a garden salad with a raspberry vinaigrette. 

My sister had already had a quick bite to eat at work before meeting up. She had chosen the "Sicilian" arancini as something to munch on aside from my salad.

Almost immediately, the server came out with a basket of hot, fresh bread and some olive oil for dipping featuring parsley and minced sun-dried tomatoes. The olive oil had an amazing earthy flavour to it, you could tell it was of a high-quality. 

The food all came out together, surprisingly brought out by the chef and owner, Anthony DelBrocco. My plate of rainbow trout was clearly assembled with attention to detail. It looked beautiful: two good-size, pan-seared portions laid on a bed of perfectly cooked baby carrots and zucchini. Garnished with a few roasted baby potatoes, sage, and a slice of lemon. For $22, I was almost overwhelmed by how much there was to eat. The wine was refreshing, with a slight, delicate fruity taste.

My sister gave me one of her "Sicilian" arancini balls. I took a bite, and honestly first impression--bland. I accompanied it with Anthony's special tomato and meat sauce, and still-- meh. To quote my sister, "tastes like a mangie cake made them". Being raised in a Sicilian family, I had to agree. They were missing the cheesy filling and sauce from within the risotto ball itself. Mettawas' "Sicilian" arancini were more like breaded rice balls. As someone raised in a Sicilian family, I wouldn't personally order these again. But perhaps I just take my Italian cuisine way too serious.

The server cleared our table, and asked if we were interested in any dessert or coffee. I was really craving a coffee seeing as I had already scoped out their Gaggia Espresso machine over behind the bar. I just couldn't though. Way too full. I passed on both coffee and dessert but without regrets. I know I will be back for yet another meal at Mettawas, and next time I'll be sure to save room for both dessert and a doppio ristretto ;)


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