It’s always nice to try out a restaurant for the first time, especially when it comes with good reviews. I had planned to meet a friend for dinner, and at her suggestion we ended up at The Waterfront in Pickering since she’d been there before and loved it.
I thought the restaurant was smaller than it first appeared, until I noticed more tables on the other side of the bar! The bar was at the front as you walked into the main area and you can’t go wrong with a bar greeting you. There is also a patio which was closed due to the colder weather but considering it’s on the water it would be nice to have a meal out there in the summer.
We went to the restaurant on a quiet Sunday evening, and our waiter was very patient and attentive. As usual we got to talking and kept forgetting to order, so he had to return a few times until we were ready.
We started with the Saganaki Flambé (Lightly Dusted, Pan Fried Served With Lemon) and the Waterfront’s signature Spinach & Artichoke Dip (Prepared In House Served With Grilled Naan Bread). Both these dishes were quite enjoyable; cheese in any form is good so fired up and served hot with some bread was a great way to start the evening. The dip was also rich and very flavourful with a great blend between artichoke and spinach. I was really looking forward to our entrees after enjoying the apps so much.
I ordered the King Club Panini (Grilled Chicken Breast Topped With Bacon, Lettuce, Monterey Jack Cheese Tomatoes Creamy Guacamole Served On Vienna Stick) and asked that they hold the bacon. I was underwhelmed by the sandwich, actually. It was just another sandwich with nothing memorable, and there was barely any guacamole, if any! That was a bit of a selling point for me (as guacamole usually is), so I was hoping for more.
Mel ordered Mussels And Frites (Steamed And Served In Your Choice Of White Wine Garlic & Herb, Rich Tomato Marinara Or Light Curry Sauce Served With Fries And Lemon Aioli) and substituted for Sweet Potato Fries. She offered some to me, and I am glad I took her up on her offer! They were so tasty and really made up for my boring meal. If you like mussels, I highly recommend this location’s.
The meals were at comparable prices (my sandwich was $14 and the mussels were $12) so you wouldn’t be breaking the bank to enjoy a meal at the Waterfront.
Overall I had a good time at the Waterfront and would return to try something else. If at all, I’d most likely wait until the summer so I could take advantage of the patio and view.
The Waterfront is located at 590 Liverpool Rd S.