The Pinewoods Dining Room at Manning Park Resort used to provide fairly average meals. New ownership since reopening in 2013 has changed that. We stayed at the lodge and had dinner at Pinewoods a few nights ago and were delighted with the improvements at the restaurant.
As I recall, no dinner entrees are listed on the permanent menu, which seems more of a lunch menu. They are listed on the blackboard near the entrance to the restaurant and I assume they change, but I don't know how often because we stayed just one night.
The Caesar salad my husband and I shared came in one bowl with an extra small plate and no serving spoon. Sort of odd way of serving a shared dish but it was delicious. My husband had barbecued baby back ribs. The serving was generous and the ribs were delicious.
I had braised lamb shanks that were just delicious -- falling off the bone, melt in your mouth, good flavor. But I have never been served such a large plate of food. There were two large lamb shanks and three people could have shared this dish and been happily full.
Both the ribs and the lamb shanks came with a large serving of several vegetables. These were perfectly prepared: well seasoned and not overcooked. Fortunately the lodge rooms have fridges so we were able to take our leftovers.
The wine list, though, could use some improvement. Or I should say, the management should consider having a wine list. According to our waiter, they have one white and one red. I think the white is a chardonnay and the red a merlot. Don't know what labels. Other than that I can't comment on the bar.
The service was very good.
I was never moved to write a review of Pinewoods' earlier efforts, but I'm happy to be able to recommend it highly now.
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