Bringing local home!
Borealis Grille and Bar is a restaurant making a difference and setting a new standard for Ontario, and possibly Canada. The Desautel family just get it. Bob Desautel’s wee granddaughter, Ava, holds a sign at the left that sums up their entire raison d’etre.
Not only is the interior built from local stone and wood, with tables made from a black walnut tree felled in downtown Guelph, the food and beverages are almost completely sourced within the province. These people walk the talk including Chef Matthew Foote whose life has been focused on the most local ingredients as long as I’ve known him.
Some of my faves are the True North flatbread which is loaded with ground bison, field mushrooms and caramelized onions and topped with melted smoked cheddar and the classic fish and chips made with Lake Huron whitefish and Taste of Ontario beer batter.
It’s worth the drive to Guelph from almost any region in Ontario for their twelve-hour braised, smoked Conestoga Co-op pulled pork shoulder on toasted sourdough Bread doused with a mop of their amazing barbecue sauce.
Borealis continues to push the ‘sustainable’ envelope by using electricity supplied by Bullfrog Power, 100% water and wind generated. Solar panels for hot water are being installed. Kitchen scraps are stored for a local pig farmer’s weekly visit, take out containers are made from recycled materials and in-house menus are printed on FSC products.
Food Day Canada 2012 Menu
Celebrity goat cheese and Golden Beet Carpaccio
“Oink and Ale Sausage”
Thatcher Farm Pork, Double Smoked Cheddar and Harvest Ale Links
New Potato Salad with Sweet Onion, Grainy Mustard and Walnut Hill Bacon
Borealis Grille & Bar is one of about 250 restaurants that celebrate Food Day across Canada. Contact them at the number below to reserve a table.
Borealis Grille & Bar est l’un des 250 restaurants à travers tout le Canada qui participent au Journée des terroirs. Contactez Borealis directement, au numéro ci-dessous, afin de faire votre réservation.
Borealis Grille and Bar
1388 Gordon Street
Guelph, Ontario N1L 1C8
T: 519 265 9007