Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Niva's Restaurant - Thunder Bay

On my Porter flight from Toronto to Thunder Bay, I was flipping through the in-flight magazine noticed that a restaurant in Thunder Bay was profiled: Niva's Restaurant - a family run home style Finnish restaurant.
So, we decided to try it out:
The waitresses seemed liked they knew all the regulars and they had a warm greeting and welcome for everyone who came in.

Considering it felt like -45°C outside with windchill, I was immediately drawn into the hot meals section of the menu:

Hot beef sandwich with gravy on top
Mmmm gravy...everything tastes better with gravy on top! 
A very filling hot roast beef sandwich with thick and slightly sweet gravy on the top. 
Fantastic home cooked meal!

Mojakka meal
This Finnish homemade beef and potato stew had chunks of beef and a slightly starchy and grainy taste from the potatoes. It was hearty, tasty and thick - perfect for warming up in the cold weather. I also got two pieces of brown bread, a drink and a dessert which I upgraded from rice pudding to:

Coconut Cream pie for an extra $1 
Well worth it! The pie was freshly made in the morning and it was delicious. The homemade custard was a nice balance of not too heavy and not too sweet on a great pie crust. Then it was topped with real whipped cream and toasted coconut - amazing!

Overall: Good food and dessert! It's a little more upscale and cosy than the Hoito and it's constantly busy with regulars at lunch.
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