Located in a strip mall on Brock Road, between Taunton and Rossland Roads, Chatterpaul’s is absolutely in the top 5 restaurants in the Durham Region for food, ambience, and service. This would be my pick for a romantic dinner, a special birthday celebration, or any other milestone or celebration. I absolutely love it here.
The restaurant is made up of three spacious areas, the bar and two dining rooms. The warm tones, unique lighting fixtures and pretty accents make the room comfortable, but still elegant.
Our server came over immediately and took our drink orders. He also complicated my game-plan by letting us know that since it was a Thursday, their special Pasta Night menu was in play. Here’s the deal: You get a glass of wine, one of their incredible pasta dishes and dessert for $29.95. And the pasta night menu is VAST. The dishes vary from Mushroom and Spinach Ravioli to Blackened Tilapia over linguine, and lobster with a white wine sauce.
I was torn because I had been dead set on one of dishes on the regular menu. All the pasta dishes looked so good, though. I ordered a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon anyway and quickly described our gas-door debacle to the server. He offered to come out after we finished eating and figure out the gas-tank, which I thought was extremely kind of him. After we drank our wine and got caught up with one another, we ordered a large Caesar salad to split while we decided what to eat.
As we were having our wine and talking, the server brought out an amuse bouche courtesy of the house. I loved it. It was beautifully presented and tasted creamy with a hint of spice that I thought was awesome.
The Caesar salad was GIANT. It was big and garlicky and perfect for the three of us to share. After much internal and external deliberation, I chose my meal from the regular dinner menu. I couldn’t help it. I had had the “Breast of Chicken” during a previous dining experience at Chatterpaul’s and it was so good, I had to order it again. Both of my gorgeous dining partners chose dishes from the Pasta Night Menu. I didn’t blame them.
We enjoyed our wine and discussed this topic and that for another little while until our entrees came out. As our handsome server came out with our food, I was absolutely confident that I ordered the right dish.
My dinner was the Breast of Chicken. It was incredible. The chicken breast was stuffed with asiago and jack cheeses, roasted red peppers and asparagus with a side of the sweetest Kahlua cream sauce you’ve ever tasted. But the star of the whole thing was a perfectly made potato cake that the chicken was placed on top of.
The cream sauce came in a small container so the diner could pour as much or as little on top of the chicken and potato as per their desire. Obviously, MY desire was to drench the whole dish with the sauce. I was in heaven. The chicken was moist and tender, and the potato and sauce rounded out the whole dish. It had such a sweet, unique taste with the combination of the tart cheeses and the Kahlua cream sauce. A perfect 10.
Tanya ordered the “Mussels, Shrimp, Sausage Creole with spaghetti tossed in jalapeno, okra, sun-dried tomatoes and red wine plum tomato sauce.” It looked really lovely when the server put it down on the table. Just as he put the dish down, he paused for a moment and said, “I think the kitchen forgot your mussels.” We probably wouldn’t have noticed had he not said anything, so we appreciated his honesty. He quickly ran back to the kitchen and brought her a bowl of mussels in a marinara sauce. Tanya told us that the dish was good, and that it was spicy, which she really enjoyed. I ended up eating most of her mussels when she wasn’t looking and I can attest that they were delicious.
Janet, in keeping up with her sister’s spicy palate, ordered the “Jerk Marinated Breast of Chicken, oven roasted over linguine tossed in a rich island coconut curry cream.” She said it was excellent and that the jerk chicken was spiced perfectly.
Both of my friends’ dishes came with dessert, while mine did not. I was jealous, so I ordered a dessert as well. Tanya and Janet ordered a butter tart of some sort and I ordered the creme brûlée. Both were home made and delicious.
Anyway….If I were using early-90’s lingo, I’d say that our dinner at Chatterpaul’s was Wicked-Awesome. I loved it. Every time I’ve eaten there, our meals have been interesting and unique, not to mention beautifully cooked and extremely delectable.
Chatterpaul’s is located at 3500 Brock St. N. Whitby, (905) 665-7575
About the Author
Lasha Laskowsky-Reed (‘Shwa Girl) was born and raised in Oshawa. She is a former College Professor, Television Producer and Lead Singer of a punk rock band. Lasha is currently working at being a good housewife and mother as well as finishing her first crime novel, Hammered Heart. Find Lasha at http://shwagirl.blogspot.ca/.