When I walked into the cozy spot I had no idea what to expect. I was on a whirlwind tour of Norfolk County Ontario and my final stop was dinner at Schofields Bistro. I’m a bit disappointed I didn’t get to spend more time in Port Dover, a beach town with a beautiful pier, lighthouse and even a beach with palm trees however, now that this amazing place is on my radar I can’t wait to go back!
Schofields Bistro New Location
Since my visit this past September, Schofields Bistro has moved into a larger location in the Lighthouse Festival Theatre Building. The new spot still features the same atmosphere with exposed brick walls, hardwood floors and friendly staff.
Fine Dining Featuring Norfolk’s Local Produce
There seems to be a theme in Norfolk County’s restaurants and that is take advantage of the amazing produce found locally and turn it into something exotic. The food at Schofields Bistro is extraordinary and the atmosphere is casual and refreshing. We began our night a special cheese tray featuring Norfolk, Canadian, and International cheeses served with a fruit chutney, roasted garlic, house pickles and fresh crostini.
The Dinner menu featured a variety of pasta dishes including a Pesto Primavera, Italian Sausage and Cheese, Fettuccini Alfredo and Seafood Pasta where you can pick your favourite pasta noodles (Penne, Fettuccini, Angel Hair, or Brown Rice-Gluten Free). I was also very tempted by the Schofields Risotto, Veal or Chicken Parmesan and a number of seafood entrees. For the carnivore lovers there is a Striploin, Ribeye Steak (both made with Norfolk beef), Beef Tenderloin Medallions and Grilled New Zealand Rack of Lamb. I chose a more healthy approach (after eating exotic Norfolk fare for an entire weekend) with the Salmon and fresh vegetables.
I don’t know how we did it, but we ordered dessert – or it was brought to our table against our will – I can’t remember exactly but, I do remember how amazing it tasted.
Just writing this post I’m counting down the days until summer. I can’t wait to visit Schofields Bistro in its new location in Downtown Port Dover. Why summer? Well this time I’m going to visit Norfolk in its prime season. When all the local farmers markets are filled with fresh local produce and restaurants like Schofields are cooking up Norfolk sensational dishes!
Do you have a favourite spot in Norfolk County, Ontario? I would love to hear your suggestions in the comments below! Can’t wait to go back!