XC Ski and Snowshoe Weekend: The Food

The day before we were to head up to Collingwood with my parents, my husband called me twice during the day to say to me that he thought we should make dinner reservations for a nice restaurant for Saturday and perhaps also for a nice brunch on Sunday morning. I proceeded to make dinner reservations for Azzurra, where we had enjoyed a delicious dinner in the past, and brunch reservations for the Tremont Cafe. We had never been to the Tremont Cafe before but I read some positive reviews about it online and thought we should give it a try. We were so impressed by both restaurants!

We visited Azzurra during Collingwood’s Whiskeylicious event. This event took place in various Collingwood restaurants from January 18th to 27th and was promoted as “a culinary experience to satisfy your palate.” We were actually unaware that this event was even happening until we arrived and noticed a small bar made of ice that was displayed just outside the front door of Azzurra. After we were seated, we were presented with a Whiskeylicious menu in addition to the regular menu. The Whiskeylicious menu consisted of a soup, main course, and dessert in each of which whiskey was a featured ingredient. I decided to go with the Whiskeylicious three course meal and was not disappointed. Everything was flavourful and tasty! I love ice cream and gelato so I will mention that I particularly enjoyed the walnut gelato that came with the apple crumble. I would definitely recommend this restaurant overall to anyone visiting Collingwood.

Whiskeylicious Menu: Butternut squash soup with whiskey Grey Rush cheese; Fresh fettuccine, root vegetable ribbons, whiskey marinated beef brisket, natural jus, reggiano parmesan; Local apple & whiskey crumble with walnut gelato

Whiskeylicious Menu: Butternut squash soup with whiskey Grey Rush cheese; Fresh fettuccine, root vegetable ribbons, whiskey marinated beef brisket, natural jus, reggiano parmesan; Local apple & whiskey crumble with walnut gelato

My husband and parents went with items on the regular menu and all praised their choices. My dad was especially enamoured with the duck dish (crispy duck confit leg, savoy cabbage, bacon, mushroom, fingerling potatoes, thyme jus) he tried and said that he would definitely order it again in the future. I unfortunately missed taking a photo of it. I did manage to take photos of a sampling of other dishes. Lastly, I want to mention that the bread here was so good that we had to ask them to refill our bread basket.

Other items from the Azzurra menu we enjoyed clockwise from top left: warmed fig, gorgonzola tart with greens; angel hair, seared shrimp & scallops, spinach, tomato, garlic, olive oil; tiramisu; creme brulee

Other items from the Azzurra menu we enjoyed clockwise from top left: warmed fig, gorgonzola tart with greens; angel hair, seared shrimp & scallops, spinach, tomato, garlic, olive oil; tiramisu; creme brulee

The next morning we had brunch at the Tremont Cafe – a lovely cafe located in a heritage building with an art gallery upstairs. It was filled with natural light due to the presence of plenty of windows and included what appeared to be a detailed tin roof, There was also a book room where you could purchase books and magazines. Brunch was lovely and tasty, leaving me wondering what their dinner menu would be like. We took a look at their dinner menu and decided that we would definitely have to come back in the future for dinner.

A sampling of our brunch dishes from left to right: Pulled Pork Quesadilla; Eggs Benedict; French Toast + Sausage + Blueberry Maple Syrup

A sampling of our brunch dishes from left to right: Pulled Pork Quesadilla; Eggs Benedict; French Toast + Sausage + Blueberry Maple Syrup

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