The Tudor style house is 102 years old, and was lived in right up to 1979 when the Municipality of Burnaby purchased it. It's in Deer Lake Park, close to the Burnaby Art Gallery, Heritage Village, and the Shadbolt Centre. Some of the tables have a beautiful view of the park. We parked (free parking) and walked in from the drizzle to the warmth of a roaring fire in a beautiful massive fireplace original to the building in the lobby area. Coats were taken and my little note that we were coming for turkey dinner from my online reservation was acknowledged when the host showed us the menus. To me, this little thing is an indicator that the front of house was well organized. According to their website, they regularly offer a $36 three-course prix fixe which changes weekly and I had a very quick response on facebook when I inquired about turkey for Thanksgiving too.
I ordered a glass of cava ($8, Codornui, from Spain), figuring a sparkling would go with everything we were eating, and it was very nice and quite sweet which suited me.
The amuse bouche was a spoon with a fine salmon tartare, tiny shaved fennel and a tiny blini. My Dad liked that they used a Chinese spoon - I've been so used to this trend, I had forgotten that a Chinese spoon here is out of its usual context. The amuse bouche was tasty and very interesting with its different components (and my Dad actually ate raw fish without any protest, which is a big thing. It's possible he might not have known...). We were given a nice basket of very warm sliced baguette and some cold butter also, which was nice, as I always appreciate it when the bread is warm.
The prix fixe had two options for each course, and between the two of us, we tasted everything except for the salmon main - coho salmon cioppino, mussels, prawns, fennel, saffron tomato broth (also offered a la carte for $28).
Dad had the soup, a butternut squash and coconut velouté which had a luxuriously smooth texture, and a definite nutmeg note (I think), which I personally am not a big fan of, but it was a great soup. Dad liked it.
The real star of this menu was the turkey breast! I'm always a little leary of white meat on turkey as it's so often dry, but I still enjoy the taste of white meat. I prefer the flavourful dark meat of turkey, but knew that I would still get some in this dish in the stuffing. What I wasn't expecting was how tender and moist the turkey breast would be. Honestly, it might be the most tender turkey breast I've ever had, and again because I didn't pay enough attention to the menu, I found myself wondering if they had a waterbath back there and cooked this sous vide without saying so on the menu. What they actually did was poach the meat in buttermilk. This is the way to cook turkey breast. It was really good. Then the chunk of stuffing had delicious dark meat with mushrooms and bread. The jus (gravy) was fabulous, though I would have liked a bit more. The baby brussel sprouts were excellent, but again, I would have liked more. In fact, I would have liked a lot more vegetables. Unfortunately, I hadn't noticed that the regular menu included a side of vegetables for $5 (and wouldn't have anticipated needing that with a set three course dinner, but wished I had noticed it in the menu so that I could have thought of it when I was eating the dish and thinking I wanted more veg). The facebook menu mentioned pommes mousseline, and some sort of mashed potato would have been very welcome, but was missing from the dish. However, the turkey portion was very generous and the whole thing much more filling than it appears (plus my Dad was giving me parts of his dishes that he couldn't finish). I used the cranberry compote as I'm a big fan of cranberry with turkey, but I didn't really enjoy the dried cranberry texture and would have preferred more of a sauce or jelly instead.
For dessert, Dad wanted the pumpkin cheesecake, and I had the apple cinnamon parfait. I'm always one to gravitate to any cake type desserts, so I was looking forward to the cake layered with creamy custard. The pumpkin cheesecake was very pumpkin-y and low on the cheesy-ness. The chantilly cream and the caramel sauce were very nice (I didn't taste an almond), and it was a nice solid dessert and very nicely presented.