GTA Restaurant Review: Shore Grill and Grotto
Location: 71 Lakeshore Road E., Mississauga, ON
“It’s a shore thing…”
Located in the heart of Port Credit, this is a well-known spot amongst both locals and visitors. This port is filled with classic restaurants that suit any mood you are looking for. On this particular night, my date and I decided to walk the strip spontaneously and pick a spot as we pleased. Little did we know how packed everywhere would be! Making do, we stumbled into The Shore Grill and Grotto. Accidentally walking through the bar side, we immediately matched the vibe and made our way to the dining area.
After already checking two other spots with no luck, the hostess was polite, accommodating and diligent! She sat us in the bar while we waited for a seat to open up in the dining room, and gave us a menu to look over in the meantime. It was an energetic atmosphere, filled with happy people. Shortly after ordering a drink, she summoned us to the dining room with a table ready in no time! I was very impressed by her dedication and this set the mood for a very easy and relaxing evening. Even though we were clearly squeezed in, I still felt comfortable the minute we were seated.
I started the evening with a fruity cocktail and decided to go for my infamous strawberry daiquiri. Although sweet, this drink has always been my favourite. Something I noticed in the past few years is the decline in quality with frozen daiquiris and other simple mixtures alike. As restaurants emerge with larger, more intrinsic cocktail menus, they seem to be lacking on the quality of the originals. At the Shore however, I was very satisfied in the quality and authentic taste of this classic drink. Sugar rim and all, they left simple in its place and it resulted in one happy drinker.
I could immediately tell the owner took hiring a server seriously – they were all on their game and organized as can be. When sitting in the bar area, the owner stood obvious that he was picky when hiring a bartender too! She approached us quick, delivered our drinks with ease all the while keeping her cool amidst a hectic Saturday night. Professional, welcoming and accommodating, the staff here excelled my customer service desires.
Once seated in the dining area, the server was quick to approach us and collected every step of the way. Reciting the specials in an almost hypnotic tone, we both ended up changing our original dish orders in mind! We started with appetizers consisting of crispy calamari and risotto balls. The calamari was tender and cooked to perfection, with delicious house sauces to dip (cilantro garlic mayo and spicy tomato sauce). The risotto balls, however, were not as expected. Although a great alternative to rice balls, it came out rather dry. The balls were sitting on a delicious bed of tomato sauce nonetheless, which helped flavour the dish a bit more!
I ordered the king crab special with veggies and mashed potatoes on the side. The crab was spectacular and filled me up more than I expected! The mashed potatoes were also smooth, flavourful and had my favourite addition – potato skins. The vegetables were also cooked well for the most part, except for the zucchini. It was undercooked, but I was full by the time I got to it anyways. My partner ordered the same sides, settling with the black peppercorn T-bone steak special.
Ordered medium, it did come out overcooked at first. Once mentioned to the server, he took it to the kitchen and shortly after served a perfectly cooked steak. Trying a bite, this meat was tender, and flavourful. Personally not a fan of the sauce due to my lack of interest in anything to do with pepper or spice, my date did enjoy it thoroughly. He described it as lip licking, creamy and heart-warming! The presentation was simple and colourful – definitely a great way to be. Finishing the night with a tasty coffee, we ended full, happy and filled with good things to say!
I was lucky enough to be treated to the perfect Valentine’s Day experience. The servers here made sure there was always water in my glass, they were attentive to all our needs and delivered a truly memorable experience. All in all I would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for an affordable, yet high-class dinner. With great customer service, well-cooked food and a fitting ambience, the service I experience this night at the Shore Grill and Grotto fits exactly what Bartendo stands for. Check out our reviews by others and contact us if you’re interested in any of our highly satisfying services!