225 King St W, Dundas, ON L9H 1V6
Though Betula Restaurant is on the far end of Dundas, the way their food tastes, I have no doubt people will be travelling out to the new-on-the-scene restaurant day in and day out.
Chef Michael Stauffer opened up the classy joint in the west end of Dundas mid-July, so it hasn’t been around long…but it has been enough to start up a little chatter about it and keep their spot full for most meals!
The location they chose for Betula has a history of serving up delicious food – it used to be the old Schwaben Inn and, afterwards, Nostalgia. The Betula team has even done a nod to the previous occupants, serving up a schnitzel on the new Betula menu.
Walking into Betula (the name meaning a type of birch), you will be met with an open, airy space, window seating, and a large bold leaf logo. I like that – branded well right from the moment you walk in.
The space features a large open concept dining area, adorned with dark wood, chalkboard walls and revamped wooden furniture. The kitchen is located at the back of the restaurant and is entirely open with classy white features and bright lighting, so you can see exactly what the Betula team is up to.
During our first visit, we tried: Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich with kennebec fries on the side and their Victory Garden Slaw. The fried chicken sandwich was a huge portion of juicy on the inside, crispy on the outside chicken. Stacked tall on buns with an interesting sauce – I would direct anyone to try this sandwich asap.
Their Victory Garden Slaw was larger than expected, and definitely not the classic slaw you picture, but my dining partner (aka my mom!) let me know that it was the best slaw she had ever had. The addition of dry crispy noodles was a wonderful contrast to the colourful vegetables and bold tamari vinaigrette.
Their menu changes based in what they’re growing at that time or based on what’s seasonal, prepare to try an interesting new dish each time you visit.
I have tried to go again recently, to no avail (they’re a busy place!) so make sure to make reservations before you head over to Betula.
Read more about Betula at The Inlet Online
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