The charms of a solid brick century home are deeply rooted in my psyche having grown up in a King Township beauty. I adore the architecture; gingerbread trim with a lacey touch decorates welcoming front porches, high ceilings, tall baseboards, elegant lighting and beckoning inner staircases. Those formal dining rooms and large country kitchens conjure up images of comforting meals, prepared, served and lingered over.
A recent snowy evening drive to Alliston afforded me the luxury of a step back in time, and affirmed that the heart of the home is truly in the kitchen.
Dinner at Bistro Seven Seven was extraordinary.
From the moment I drove into this scenic farm community, the evening unfolded with grace and picture perfect precision, even the train chugged by on schedule, announcing its presence with that hauntingly beautiful sound. Snowflakes fell gracefully, twinkle lights sparkled, the warmth and glow of multiple fireplaces was matched by genuine enthusiasm from the staff.
Bistro Seven Seven is housed in a century home, intricate gingerbread trim graces the front porch, the home’s original owners’ name is etched in the glass above the front door.
Hundreds of crystals sparkle from the entry way chandelier; main dining rooms are on the ground floor as is the bar area, upstairs are four rooms, ideal for intimate dinners, large family milestone celebrations or corporate events, two have mood enhancing, and very practical for an old home to have, gas fireplaces.
The art work is original and created by the Chef himself, with food inspired paints and crockery. In hindsight, the original baseboards, richly carved trim, and ceilings that seem to touch the sky are symbolic of the amazing food to come, it will enchant your taste buds as much as these architectural details enchant the eyes.
Brothers and owners, Chef Jason Klausen and Ryan Klausen are no strangers to the restaurant business, with vast experience individually and collectively. This is the third restaurant opened together, their fourth “Bistro Burger Joint” is opposite Bistro Seven Seven and warrants this writers return to Alliston very soon. Additionally, in season they have a poutine truck parked at Airport Road in Mansfield and a smaller truck in Shelburne . I can’t help but wonder what’s next for the Klausen brothers? With their loyal following, their commitment to the local food movement and the absolutely amazing food coming out of their kitchens, I just know it too will be impressive.
As my readers know, I am a staunch supporter of food which is locally grown, sourced, and produced. I lean to that which is organic, Bistro Seven Seven takes this approach in their kitchens and states so on their websites and menus. Our own local Flying Monkey’s Brewery beers are on tap here too. Menu design and layout was inspired by the street address; appetizers are listed as 7 First Impressions, mains as 7 Second Impressions, desserts as 7 Third Impressions and coffee, tea and specialty coffee are dedicated as Final Impressions. I was impressed with the menu and sought advice from our most capable server for his recommendations. He wisely suggested that we order from the signature menu items, as while changes to the menu occur, these are the standards, the crowd favorites and they will stay. His advice was well heeded.
We were delighted to be presented with an amuse-bouche; the kitchen tempted us before our first impressions arrived.
I started with the “Diver Sea Scallops, Sweet Potato Puree, Oyster Mushroom, Cognac Cream”, while darling daughter choose “Hearts of Romaine, Garlic Emulsion, Buttered Croutons, Shaved Parmigiano”. I moved on to “AAA Beef Tenderloin, Caramelized Onions, Goat Cheese, Potato Dauphinoise, Veal Reduction”, and for her, “Hand Cut Herbed Gnocchi, Oven Dried Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Wild Boar Bacon Cream Sauce”. Between courses, to cleanse our palate we were offered mixed berry and red wine sorbet tastes.
Desserts are a must; we shared “Baked Apples in Filo, Carmel Sauce, Aged Cheddar Shortbread, with Cinnamon Ice Cream”, and a “Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee”.
Bistro Seven Seven made an Excellent Impression.
Bistro Seven Seven
77 Victoria St. E, Alliston, ON L9R 1L5
Written by: Penelope Morrow
Penelope Morrow is a writer, editor and food aficionado from Barrie, follow her tweets @penelopejmorrow