On Sunday, I went to the Celtic festival in Unionville and ate at the Old Country Inn, a fine Vienna style restaurant in the downtown of the village.
The Old Country Inn Restaurant specializes in Austrian food such as varies types of Schnitzel, Bratwurst, Rostbraten and Schwcinlende Bakony. The restaurant is a 140 year old house located on Unionville's picturesque Main Street, that oasis of old world charm situated just 25 minutes from downtown Toronto.
The house was built in 1872 by Dr. R.P. Eckardt, who was the grandson of the original settlers of Unionville. It was known as "The Doctors house" having been home and office to a succession of medical practitioners.
The downstairs facilities of the restaurant include two cozy dining rooms in the old house and a bright sunny addition called the winter garden, with a wonderful array of tropical plants. For warm sunny summer days there is a spacious, shady terrace on which to enjoy your lunch or dinner.
Outside is an original wine press, built in 1871. It was shipped to the Old Country Inn from Raiding in Burgenland, Austria, from the house where Franz Liszt the composer was born.
The Old Country Inn Restaurant has a extensive wine list with wines from Austria and around the world. Come by the restaurant today to taste our fine Viennese cuisine and experience a little Austria.
The ambience was not as good as Il Postino which is just down the street but acceptable.
The garden salad was acceptable and the beer, Hacker Pschorr was excellent.
The Wiener Schnitzel was excellent and had a large portion size. The service was fast and pleasant.
Sachertorte is a chocolate cake, invented by Franz Sacher in 1832 for Klemens Wenzel von Metternich in Vienna, Austria. The cake consists of two layers of dense, not overly sweet chocolate cake (traditionally a sponge cake) with a thin layer of apricot jam in the middle and dark chocolate icing on the top and sides. It is traditionally served with whipped cream without any sugar in it, as most Viennese consider the Sachertorte too "dry" to be eaten on its own. (Wikipedia)
The meal was excellent and relatively inexpensive. Two beers for $9, herring with sour cream as an appetizer for $9, Weiner Schnitsel for $12, desert for $5 and coffee for $2 giving a total of $37 plus taxes and gratituties. Service was great but the ambience left a little to be desired. Well worth a return visit.