Garraway's: "Quality Food, - NOW CLOSED" Top 5 Page for this destination Barrie Restaurant Tip by CdnJane

Barrie Restaurants: 34 reviews and 19 photos

Garraway's is one of the really fine dining experiences in Barrie, if not THE top restaurant. Prices reflect that, but the quality of the food, its presentation, and the calibre of the staff explain why Garraway's is fine dining.
The music, and decor both add to the ambiance of the restaurant. The blinds keep the vehicular lights from glaring into the restaurant, and the pedestrian traffic from intruding. Perhaps the negative things are the location - right on a high traffic intersection, downtown, without a lot of parking, and a pretty narrow stairway and entrance (of only a couple of steps, but still dangerous in the winter).

Favorite Dish: The breads and spread are lovely - on my visit it was an apple bread, and a spinach/cream cheese spread.
My father had a ceasar salad, but it was presented like no salad I'd ever seen before - it was the lettuce leaves standing on end, wrapped around with a thin strip of, I think, parmesan cheese, and a bit of dressing drizzled over it. It took a little work to figure out how to best get into it.
I had the steak, and it was so tender that it could've been cut with a fork. I had it cooked medium and it was on the rare side, but still delicious. Served with delicious carmelized onions, crispy green beans, and lovely scalloped potatoes that had been compressed in a mold. Absolutely delicious. The sauces were a delight to the taste-buds.
The tenderloin beef looked equally good - perhaps medium rare was a little too rare for my liking. The pork chops were huge and served with a sweet potato puree.
I had the green apple creme brulee for dessert, served with 2 small cheddar cheese shortbreads. The Creme Brulee was served in a fairly shallow star shaped dish, and that made it a little too shallow, and overpowered by the sugar. Just did not get enough apple flavour out of it. The shortbreads were lovely.

Address: Maple Street at SE corner of Dunlop
Price Comparison: most expensive
Directions: The door opens onto Maple Street, just south of Dunlop.
Price: US$41 and up
Rating: 5
Theme: Eclectic/International

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 12, 2005
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