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“A Pleasant Surprise”
Review of The Explorers Cafe

The Explorers Cafe
Ranked #2 of 81 Restaurants in Midland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$20
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Reservations
Description: If arriving by foot, we are on the east side of King between Yonge and Elizabeth. If driving, approach from Midland Ave. between Yonge and Elizabeth, free three hour parking in municipal lot.
Reviewed 5 December 2017

The Explorers Cafe is a hidden jewel of Midland. This was our first visit and we will definitely return. The service was excellent, very well timed in delivery of each course. The atmosphere was intriguing and yet warm and welcoming at the same time.
The food was a culinary experience. There was good diversity in the menu selections making it attractive to our foursome of different palates. The serving sizes were generous. The food was delicious, a great blend of flavours and textures. Looking forward to checking out their new menu which will be released this week. This will be a go to choice for many future dining events. Excellent pricing for quality.

Thank cgburski
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Reviewed 12 November 2017

You don't have to be imbued with the pioneer spirit of adventure to enjoy the dining experience at The Explorers Cafe! The atmosphere is intimate and the establishment boasts a virtual museum of artefacts from all over the world - on our last visit, a set of grotesque, Polynesian wooden masks stared hungrily down on our family group as we enjoyed our meal. The cuisine is eclectic, ranging from South East Asian and Indian dishes to down-home, North American fare. In particular, the beautifully prepared, stuffed pork tenderloin is a true, standout dish, as is also the salmon. Although the restaurant was filled to capacity on our evening visit, the service was most friendly and attentive. The well-stocked bar and the wine and beer list cater to most preferences. But reservations well in advance are strongly recommended as accommodation at The Explorers Café is limited.

Thank feinschmecker723
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Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

Such a variety of dishes, excellent food although a little noisy. Great restaurant for any occasion.

Thank shesh1989
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Reviewed 23 October 2017

My 2 out of 5 rating would be for the food (which is why we went there in the first place, right?). Service, ambience, wine selection and price points, however, would deserve top marks based on our one and only visit there.

So, about that food: I ordered chicken satay and my wife the mussels for apps. My satay was quite good. The mussels, however, were anemic shrivelled up little things and certainly not the plump delicious creatures we experienced in PEI just a few weeks ago. The curry sauce was way too aggressive for such delicate little things and the baguette was very weird in that it had the look and feel of freezer burnt bread but from the inside out.

As mains, I wanted the Sea Bass only to be told they had none due to a “menu change”. OK. Fair enough. Take it off the menu, then. I settled for the stuffed pork tenderloin with brie, bacon, onions. My wife went for the seafood linguine..

The linguine had shrimp (good), scallops (lousy, rubbery little pucks) and more of them low grade mussels. The dill cream sauce was just not pleasant (there are so many ways to prep seafood pasta...dill should not be a 1st choice, IMO).

My pork tenderloin was not the preferred centre part. Rather, I got both ends (lucky me). That is, the stuffed “big end” and that flat other end that cannot be stuffed. Both were quite over done and very dry. The stuffed end, where stuffing will naturally try to ooze out, had minimal Brie, a few onions and no hint of bacon. The mashed spuds looked promising but were way under seasoned. The veg were totally forgettable. Not a well executed dish by any means.

So there you have our 1st experience at Explorers restaurant. We were expecting far better than what we got But would give the place another try if/when we are back this way (it is an interesting looking place after all.)

Thank WhiteLakeDan
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Reviewed 20 October 2017

Waitress seemed rushed as she rhymed off the specials etc. After drinks had been ordered, she came with them and wanted to know our apps order. We asked for a few more minutes and when she returned, we ordered our apps and she suggested we order our mains promptly as the kitchen might run out?! We asked for a few more minutes. The restaurant was full but they're only open at 5 till 10 (something like that). Shouldn't there be enough or at least accommodated for the crowd on a Saturday night? Apps ordered pork stickers (delicious), chicken satay (good) and minnow bucket (smelts) absolutely awful!!! They were like eating deep fried skins; absolutely no fish meat and they tasted like they'd been deep fried over and over...yuck!!! Mains ordered were: Beef Madras which was shredded beef (not chunks!!) more like the consistency of pulled pork and drrrrryyyy!!! It was not good to look at and not pleasing to the palate. Seafood fettuccine (not sure what the given name for it was) was delicious!! roasted veggies on the side were steamed with no flavour. Thunder thighs were also delicious and a huge portion. Didn't do desserts. Overall, service rushed, ambience nice, food well-priced but taste average. I will definitely give it another shot but my expectations will not be as they were. Too bad!!!

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Thank josephamcnabb
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