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:
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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:
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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!

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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:

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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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