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(Posted 8:30 a.m., May 17)
Exciting new east end eatery has a lot to offer

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

East end residents have a new culinary destination to call their own with the recent opening of Stoneriver Dining on Hwy. 174 near Rockland.

Billed as a steak and seafood "haus" with European flair, Stoneriver Dining offers a quality dining experience in a stone mansion on the shores of the Ottawa River. The restaurant is located just east of Canaan Road, about a 10 minute drive from Place d'Orléans.

On the night that I was there, the dining room was full and the air was abuzz with a heightened level of anticipation.

For starters, I ordered a bowl of seafood chowder which was chock full of crab meat, scallops and the most amazing melt-in-your-mourh mussels I've ever tasted.

My dining companion and I then ordered the crab cakes and the tenderloin tips. The crab cakes were cooked to perfection and served with a sweet lemon aiola sauce that was to die for.

The tenderloin tips wrapped in bacon and served with sautéed portobello and button mushrooms in a red wine au jus, were equally impressive. Once again they were perfectly cooked and the mushrooms were so tasty my friend asked that they be served with his steak, which brings me to the main course.

Choosing our entrée turned out to be the most difficult decision of the evening. The main menu features chicken schnitzel served five different ways, grilled swordfish, a beef stroganoff which I'm going back for next time, and steak which is certified to be among the top eight per cent of beef produced in North America.

I ordered the Gasthaus rib eye, which was served with caramelized leaks and onions in a red wine sauce and my friend ordered the 8 oz. filet mignon. Both entrées were cooked to medium rare perfection and they lived up to our expectations in both tenderness and flavour.

Finally, for desert, I ordered a slice of Blackforest cake, which as you might expect from a restaurant with European flare, was delicious.

The service and atmosphere were both excellent and the view of the Ottawa River with the sun setting in the distance was resplendent. (Note to myself: Next time reserve a table in the atrium.)

As for the cost the starters range in price from $12 for the crab cakes to $19 for the Kastell shrimp cocktail. Entrees range in price from $24 for the Stonehaus schnitzel to $40 for the 10oz filet mignon.

A combo combining a 10oz sirloin steak, a lobster tail, garden salad, desert of the day and coffee is only $60.

Other specialties include the previously mentioned Stonehaus stroganoff made from filet mignon, portobello mushrooms and caramelized onions served in a rich gravy; rack of lamb; Kastell Neptune, which consists of butterflied Kastell shrimp topped with crab meat and served with a creamy seafood sauce; and the Stoneriver salad made with baby greens, candied pecans, dried cranberries, and artisan cheese topped with a citrus dressing.

It's been a long time since east end residents had a restaurant of this quality to call their own. Stoneriver Dining offers a perfect setting in which to celebrate that special occasion whether it be an anniversary, birthday or engagement. In fact, if there are any men out there thinking of popping the question, you can't beat Stoneriver's flagstone terrace as a potential location especially at sunset.

For more information about Stoneriver Dining visit http://stoneriverdining.com.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

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