Charlottetown’s Pilot House provides a warm welcome and terrific locally brews – the perfect gathering place on a Winter’s eve. This weekend I took my second trip to this local restaurant and pub. In contrast to my first visit, the service was exceptional, the food delicious, and the atmosphere inviting. A noted improvement from an overly-crowded evening back in January. Which goes to show that first impressions can be misleading!
I decided to try something outside of my comfort zone – the Curry Penne. The dish was loaded with sweet dates, chewy pecans, sauteed carrots and peppers, in a sweet coconut curry sauce. The curry flavour was more of a suggestion, which was fine since I prefer coconut. Overall, the dish was tasty, but sweeter than I’d anticipated. Next time I’ll stick with more traditional pub fare.
My husband and I decided to split a piece of cheesecake topped with lemon and coconut, and sided with cream. Oh. My. Goodness! This is a truly brilliant combination. The cheesecake itself was creamy and light, while the toppings were an interesting combination of mild and tart. It was a gentle blend of not-too-sweet that begged to be devoured. I can’t recommend it enough.
The Pilot House also serves Barnone Beer from Rose Valley Prince Edward Island. Their Sessions is a must-try – it’s a light, crisp wheat ale that pairs well with lighter fare. I look forward to trying more Barnone brews in the future.
If you’re in Charlottetown, I recommend stopping into the Pilot House. They offer a great variety of pub food and more traditional entrees.