By Lori Bosworth
During a recent trip to Jackson’s Point, we decided to stop in for lunch at The Briars Resort. The Briars is a Lake Simcoe institution, that features a championship Scottish woodlands golf course, fine dining, spa, outdoor and indoor swimming pools and frontage on the Lake Simcoe shoreline.
We had made a reservation for the dining room, but when we passed the Fountain Court patio, we couldn’t resist eating outside. The gorgeous patio is bordered by manicured gardens of wildflowers, lush lawns, hundred-year-old maple trees and a pristine view of the lake. (By the way, you don’t need reservations if you are dining on the patio.)
Our server immediately arrived and brought us a bottle of water while we perused the menu. I decided on the Grilled Vegetable and Feta on Naan with Chipotle hummus and pea sprouts, $13, while my dining partner ordered the daily special: Breaded Tilapia with rice and veggies, $13. My order came with the soup or salad so I opted for the daily soup: Gazpacho. My dining partner’s dish did not come with appetizers, but she decided to order the Gazpacho as well.
After we finished our soup, our entrées arrived about five minutes later.
My grilled vegetable sandwich had a wonderful filling of grilled eggplant, peppers and zucchini, an indulgence of soft goat cheese and some heat from the Chipotle hummus! All of the flavours melded beautifully. I would have preferred the naan to be less dense than it was. As a result, I ended up removing the top lid of the sandwich and just eating the base.
The star of the afternoon turned out to be the Tilapia daily special. The fish was delicate and light while the breaded coating was barely there, just enough to keep the fish moist while cooking. Absolutely melt-in-your-mouth. The Frenched-cut green beans were the perfect complement to the fish since their thin slices matched the soft texture of the fish while the rice tasted superb, dressed in a very light olive oil and lemon sauce. Five stars!
My dining partner opted for the Chocolate Ice Cream with homemade cookie, $9, for dessert. She said the ice cream was good, but the cookie, made with oatmeal and cranberry, was divine.
After lunch, we decided to take a walk down to The Briars’ private beach on Lake Simcoe. There were many chaisse lounges set up for guests, as well as canoes, kayaks and pedal boats for guests to use.
As we walked around the grounds back to our car, we saw the gorgeous tower attached to the main building.
We also had a peak in the library. Wouldn’t this be a comfortable spot to read a book?
It was the most perfect afternoon spent enjoying lunch at The Briars. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a restaurant that isn’t too far from Toronto, but just far enough to forget the city.
The Briars, 55 Hedge Road, Jackson’s Point, 1-800-465-2376