This post is a bit late in the making but Jenkins and I snuck in a dinner at the Irish Heather just before we headed off to Peru in October. Victoria had been trying to get me to try a dinner at the Long Table Series all summer but the timing just never worked out. Jenkins and I were able to find one that sounded interesting to us just before we went on our trip and luckily, we were able to score seats.
Our night was the roasted suckling pig with an apple-rosemary sauce, cabbage, and mashed potatoes. Jenkins always prefers Chinese style roasted pork to most other options but we both agreed that this version at the Irish Heather was very good. The crispy pork and the juicy fatty meat held up very well to the slight acidity and sweetness from the apples. The mashed potatoes, which were soaked in the pork and apple juices were just enough to fill us up for dinner.
The roasted pork was paired with an apple cider from Pint Orchard Hill. I’m not much of a beer or cider drinker but I really enjoyed the light, crisp apple-y taste of the cider and felt that it went really well with the roast pork.
Both Jenkins and I were quite full by the time we finished our meal. However, dessert sounded so interested that I decided that we must give it a try. The London Fog crème brulee was full of Earl Grey tea flavour and was creamy enough without being too rich. The brown sugar short bread cookies were a perfect accompaniment to the crème brulee. Despite the fact that I was quite full even prior to dessert, a little part of me wished that I did not have to share it with Jenkins.
Even though the Long Table series was only meant to be a summer event, its popularity has pushed it well into fall and winter, with its latest menu being offered on New Year’s Eve. At $12-15 for each meal (not including dessert), it is a great deal and because you are seated at a long communal table, it is a great opportunity to meet the people sitting around you.