Before I got pregnant and before Adam and I had my daughter, we travelled. One of the magical places we visited was a lakefront restaurant in suburban Austria. I used to think I had to buy an airplane ticket to get a view and good food at the same place for a reasonable price and without a huge crowd. I was wrong.
Last summer, when we visited The Donkey Sanctuary, a local recommended the Old Marina Restaurant on Lake Puslinch for lunch. I did not think much of it. There are a lot of places being recommended around that aren't really worth visiting. We did not visit it until today.
My daughter wanted to see the butterflies at Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, so today we headed there. As I blogged in the past, the food situation at the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory is not amazing. We remembered that the Old Marina Restaurant was in the area and decided to give it a shot. We were already there, whats the worst thing that could happen?
Old Marina Restaurant | Location
1947 McClintock Drive, RR22 Cambridge, Ontario N3C2V4
The drive from the conservatory took about 15 minutes. We turned into the small street and drove right passed trailer park housing. It was very strange. It reminded me when Adam and I had lobster rolls at a shack restaurant hidden in an industrial shipyard in Cape Cod. Just like at Cape Cod, I expected a shack. Instead, we saw a very decent sized well maintained house. The parking was not full. The walkway did not look busy. We stepped inside.
It was like entering another universe. There were people everywhere. The waitresses scurried around with plates. Most tables on the patio were taken. The hostess asked us if we want to sit inside or outside. It was a no brainer, we headed outside.
The view that opened up to us was breathtaking. Who knew? As a photographer, all I could think about was how magical this place must look during sunset. I regretted a little that it was not dinner we were eating there.
The hostess mentioned that we were lucky today. She said they are usually busier during this time and there might be a wait to get an outside table. We would definitely reserve a table next time.
Adam ordered a burger with turkey soup and I ordered crispy perch with french onion soup. We also ordered a spinach dip to share. We expected my daughter to nibble off our plates.
The food was very yummy and looked amazing. The spinach dip was a hit with my daughter. She enjoyed the cheese on flatbread. I loved the crispy perch. The fresh onion soup I found a bit cheese heavy and on saltier side. The saltiness made it more savioury, I did not mind it at all. The cheese I left behind though. Adam loved the turkey soup and the burger. Although my little one stole and ate Adam's crispy cheese.
The water skiers were going back and forth as we were eating, provided awesome entertainment for my daughter. The coloring page and a cup with crayons was also a great addtition. They also had this cool cup for toddler drinks. Thinking about it now, I probably should have kept it as my daughter was actually drinking from it. She is usually not a great water drinker. We did not get any drinks, just water and we did not taste any chlorine or chemical aftertaste like you sometimes do at the restaurants in Toronto.
We had a great time. The view was amazing. The food was tasty. The staff were friendly. The drive was well worth it.
This place is open all year round, but I would highly recommend visiting it before patio season is over.
After we were done food we walked around a bit and I snapped some pictures of the lake. I am posting them below for your enjoyment.