by Diva Susan Pye
One recent Friday evening I was standing under the porch of the new public library in Bayfied (a great community resource and meeting place!), watching a very loud thunderstorm blowing down Main Street and wondering why I had ventured out at all. I had my answer as soon as I dashed across the road and entered the ArtSee Café to be greeted by the wonderful aroma of various tasty dinners being prepared by Chef (and owner) Guy Spence and the other kitchen wizards at work.
ArtSee is a little restaurant/café tucked into a European, or perhaps New Orleans style, alley and courtyard midway down Main Street on the south side of the street. Small trees, shrubs, grasses and flowers around the alley and little courtyard add to the Euro ambiance.
Friday night is French Bistro night, as is Saturday on long weekends, with the last Friday night French Bistro occurring October 11 (please see the ArtSee Café web site for details on schedule, reservations, and menus; the Café continues to be open on weekends through to November 10 with various special menus planned). The friendly wait staff (including Guy’s daughter Anita who moonlights as a teacher in London during the week) helped make our dinner decisions, which was tough because everything sounded delicious and looked amazing as the various dishes passed our table to other diners. We were fortunate enough to benefit from the usual Friday night bistro dinner as well as Lobster Fest option. While I dined on lobster salad and a exceptionally tasty pasta (little pockets of black truffles with pieces of lobster in sauce), my husband enjoyed the French onion soup (traditional and delicious, not too gooey as so often can be the case) and a tender beef filet with béarnaise sauce (who doesn’t love béarnaise sauce?). While we probably shouldn’t have, we shared a home made cheesecake for dessert, which was exactly what a cheesecake should be (again, not too gooey).
When we rolled out of the Café into the warm autumn evening on the charming Main Street of Bayfield, we were very, very happy. A wonderful way to start the weekend! Thank you Guy and kitchen wizards, and of course Anita and wait staff!
ArtSee Café & Bistro
19 Main Street
Bayfield Ontario Canada