If so, then it’s time to take a trip to the alluring town of Eugenia for an eclectic dining experience where everything is made from scratch! The Flying Chestnut’s reputation has grown solely by word of mouth and is a must visit if you are a local, visiting Ontario or just feel like taking a road trip off the beaten path.
A labour of love, the restaurant has been transformed from a post office/general store/workshop to a custom designed bar built from salvaged rafters from the Hanover arena, to walls created from an American clay; the Flying Chestnut was built with sustainability in mind and exudes character at every corner, from its refurbished wood stove to lovely piano. “This is a dream; I built it,” says Adler in a proud tone of voice.
“We’re packed every night,” boasts owner and Chef, Shawn Adler.
Adler originally owned two restaurants in Peterborough and moved to Eugenia to open up his whimsical Bistro style restaurant. Together with the charming Michaella who serves, and Adler’s Sous Chef, Jason Hayes, the team manages to create a memorable dining experience. Chef Adler graduated from Stratford Chef School in 1999 and Trent University in 2007. Trent taught him to question everything– from his focus on local and organic ingredients, to his incredibly creative, enticing dishes.
Like everything else, the attention’s in the detail. They purchase their meat whole, and smoke and brine it themselves and even bake their bread and bagels in an old stone stove out back! Don’t forget to take a pound of their homemade sweet curry or paprika butter home while you are visiting.
Discover the Flying Chestnut where everything and I mean everything is made from scratch. And, every second Friday, you can enjoy live music from independent Canadian bands. The Silverhearts, Lily Frost and Fred Eaglesmith are among some great talent that has performed at the Flying Chestnut!
Open Thursday to Sunday, 5-9 p.m. and Sunday brunch 11-2 p.m. Sunday evening dinner is served family style on platters. This is a cash only restaurant and reservations are highly recommended. To book a reservation, call – 519 924 1809 – located at 199 Pellesier St., Eugenia.
By: Melanie Vollick – Freelance Writer
Melanie Vollick is the owner and founder of Write Way Communications (Professional & Reliable Writing Services). She is an active advocate of sustainable living and has a B.A. with Honours in Environmental & Resource Studies from Trent University in Ontario, Canada.