By Diva Claire Carter
It’s official – winter in Huron County isn’t going anywhere for awhile. Luckily, Chef Peter Gusso and the staff of Part II Bistro in Blyth have a delicious menu to help visitors beat the winter blues.
I visited Part II with a group of ladies on a quiet Wednesday night in February. The restaurant ceiling is draped with romantic twinkle lights, and reminded me of the carnival scene from the movie “Big Fish.”
We were warmly welcomed by our server, and all had some difficulty deciding on what we would eat. After
ordering, we were treated to an amuse bouche of a curried cauliflower soup that featured Blyth Farm Cheese. It was delicious and warmed us all up.
I ordered the pork spring rolls as my appetizer. I was pleasantly surprised
when they were served on a bed of seaweed salad. The spring rolls were filled with tender pork and perfectly cooked veggies. The flavours of this dish had a lovely Asian influence, and the sweet sesame lime dressing tied everything together perfectly. My dinner companions ordered appetizers including the spinach and pear salad, Caesar salad and beef tacos. Each of these dishes was beautifully presented and delicious.
I ordered the steak as my main course, and continued to be overjoyed with my choices. The steak was a tender sirloin, rubbed with garlic and rosemary, and smothered in a healthy serving of a peppercorn and mushroom cream sauce. The steak was served with truffled mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables. It was difficult but I managed to enjoy every bite of this savory meal.
I didn’t think I could do it, but I managed to find just enough room to enjoy the
pavlova for dessert. The dessert, created in honour of Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, had a meringue that was light and fluffy, and the berries atop whipped cream tasted like they had been soaked in a chocolate liqueur. While I was beyond stuffed, I would have been full of regret if I hadn’t had this dessert. I also had to share a photo of the creme brulee, another beautiful dish ordered at our table.
What did I like best about Part II Bistro? The ambiance, great quality and presentation of the food all impressed me. When our table of eight was completely silent after receiving each course, I knew we were all in foodie heaven. Part II is participating in Taste of Huron’s Winter
Dining Program on until Feb. 28. If you go, please be sure to advise them you are participating in the Winter Dining Program when you make reservations. It is also hosting two beer tastings (March 27 & 28). Call the restaurant for details, 519-523-2663.
Part II is located right across from the Blyth Theatre, making it a great place for a bite to eat before or after a show. From Tuesday through Sunday, they’re open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. ($12-$15) and open at 5 p.m. for dinner (appetizers, $8-13, mains, $25-29).