Swine and Vine is a restaurant in Kitchener dedicated to charcuterie. This new (2018) establishment was profiled in Eat and Drink magazine and, as fans of charcuterie, we decided to try it for lunch on our way to Niagara (OK – I know Kitchener isn’t really on the way to Niagara).
The location is very understated and the decor is a mix of plastic and “recycled” chairs and basic tables. There is a bar with stools. The walls are graced by numerous hand-crafted charcuterie boards.
More importantly, blackboards display the many options for “build your own” boards and the craft beer and wine options.
We chose to build our own – 6 items and two accompaniments. That was enough food for lunch, a dinner and a snack – and it was delicious. Smoked salmon, prosciutto, smoked duck, chorizo sausage, Stilton cheese, smoked cheddar, olives, picked vegetables, caramelized onion marmalade and multi-grain bread.
We couldn’t resist sharing a creme brûlée topped with blueberry compote and an espresso.
That and a couple of glasses of Riesling from Flat Rock in Niagara. We would highly recommend dropping in if you are in the neighbourhood.