Before booking a table at the district’s latest eatery I did my homework to get a ‘flavour’ of what to expect.
And I have to say the 15 minutes or so Audrey and I took to check the social media sites was time well spent and we were both looking forward to our first visit to Canada Wood Kitchen and Bar when we arrived.
From what we had read we anticipated an enjoyable evening out and were not disappointed.
The friendly welcome, in our view a more than generous choice and efficient service all added up to a very pleasant dining out experience indeed - with the splendid view on a warm summer’s night over the Falkirk countryside towards the Ochil Hills in the distance simply another wonderful reason to relax and enjoy!
A close study of an excellent menu posed the first challenge of the night - what exactly to order.
Some commentators had suggested the choice was not extensive - but minutes after sitting down and being presented with our options I was already wondering exactly what people are looking for when they give their kitchen a miss for a few hours and have someone else do the cooking.
Come on! You can select from 10 starters, eight mains and sides, take your mouth watering pick from the Mibrasa Oven, study the deli and ‘specials’ boards or even have a sandwich - all at prices that won’t bruise your budget.
Available space means we can’t show the entire menu, but there is a wide range of meat, fish and poultry - much of it sourced from the very best Scottish suppliers - to tempt you.
Our picks certainly did not let us down.
The Stornoway black pudding on a bed of wild mushrooms topped off by a poached hen’s egg was my starter of choice.
I know a decent poached egg when I cook one, and that was right up there with my very best - the warm and runny yolk just perfect.
Audrey opted for the crabcake, a huge offering served in golden breadcrumb, that she told me just “melted” in the mouth.
She gives me pelters for not being ‘ambitious’ when we’re eating out - I’m a prawn cocktail, steak and chips man apparently - but at Canada Wood Kitchen, and while the steaks looked tempting, I went for the homemade ground beef burger with melted Gruyere, pickled cucumber and streaky bacon on a huge bun and served with ‘proper’ chips. The only problem I had with was it was far too big and beefy to eat ‘gracefully’!
Audrey selected the sliced lamb from the Mibrasa Oven served with butternut squash and sweet potato and it was an obvious hit.
I passed on desert, but Mrs B’s sticky toffee pudding was all she had hoped for.
We came away knowing this ‘first’ will certainly not be the last time we take a table at this delightful restaurant in a delightful setting.