I wanted to eat at some place that didn’t exist for the sole purpose of chasing that elusive tourist dollar. The downtown area in Niagara Falls, Ontario is one of the tackiest tourist traps I’ve ever seen in my life. What I wanted was a nice, but not over the top place for dinner.
I decided that Syndicate Restaurant & Brewery might just be it. Located a seven minute-ish drive away from the main downtown area, I was happy to be away from the ridiculous hustle and bustle of the neon lights.
The ambience at Syndicate is modern and kind of romantic. You can opt for either the usual pub staples or the 3 course meal starting at $22. I chose the latter.
My partner in crime had the cream of tomato soup, and I had the mushroom and goat cheese strudel. The cream of tomato soup tasted like pasta sauce with a whole heap of cream. It was oddly satisfying. I’ve never had anything like the mushroom and goat cheese strudel; it was scrumptious and the perfect thing to tease me before my main.
For the main course, my partner in crime had the farm to table cut steak; and I had the pork duo: which consisted of a pork chop and maple braised pork belly. My partner in crime said that although the steak was good - it was full of nerves and cartilage. My pork duo was real good; but there was a lot of fat (to be expected), and although I usually don’t eat it - it was too delicious not to.
For a sweet finish, my partner in crime had the vanilla bean creme brulee; and I had the rich chocolate praline stuffed crepe. They were both really good, but the latter was far more unique: decadent, but light at the same time.
All in all, it was a great evening. I don’t think I’ll be back in Niagara Falls again, but if I knew someone who was going there, I’d tell them to eat here.