Ei­gennsinn Farm

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CHEF MICHAEL AND NOBUYO STADTLANDER have cre­ated a din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence on the edge of the Ni­a­gara Es­carp­ment that is un­ques­tion­ably the heart and soul of Cana­dian cui­sine. Long be­fore Noma or the French Laun­dry, they were qui­etly lead­ing the way. Named one of the 10 best res­tau­rants on earth in the 1990s, the ex­pe­ri­ence has only got­ten bet­ter.

They serve din­ners dur­ing the late spring, sum­mer and au­tumn, some­times in the farm­house where twisted drift­wood re­minds me of the sum­mer we all spent on Quadra Is­land. BC. Can­dle­light re­flects on the gilt-rimmed ceil­ing and the walls the colour of aged Pomerol… a shrine to dreams and be­liefs and ab­so­lutely as­tound­ing dishes.

Of­ten the din­ing moves into the resin-scented still­ness of their for­est or out into one of the wild­flower-strewn mead­ows. They celebrate spring with a wild leek and maple fes­ti­val and hold an al­ways-sold-out Christ­mas Mar­ket.

Reser­va­tions are es­sen­tial! Bring the best bot­tles from your cel­lar and get ready for an ex­pe­ri­ence of a life­time. www.stadt­lander­seigensin­n­farm.com

Michael Stadtlander. THIS PHOTO

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