Gastropub-Style Fare Offered in New Waterfront Hotel Restaurant
Story by Deanne Gagnon, Photos by Keegan Richard
With its high ceilings, range of blue hues, and cool wavy design, Thunder Bay’s newest restaurant would be best described as “casually elegant.” Located in the new Delta Hotel by Marriott in the heart of the waterfront, the aptly named Anchor & Ore pays tribute to Thunder Bay’s rich history of shipping and mining.
“The atmosphere is great, especially now in the evening with all of the boats. Toronto does not have this view, nothing at this level can you see the waterfront in Toronto. This is prime,” executive chef Winni Tsang says of the spectacular views the floor to ceiling windows offer of the marina and of course the Sleeping Giant.
Tsang has worked all over the world, from Asia to the Middle East and Europe, where part of his training included working with a chef at a Michelin three-star restaurant. “I have opened two hotels prior to the Delta. I had an equal opportunity in Toronto, but it was an up-and-running operation, and since I love opening operations I chose to come here and bring my experience to Thunder Bay,” he says of his decision to come to Northwestern Ontario.
“I want to do something different, I want to create a wow factor—a great hotel, great ownership, and great view, nothing falling short of great food.”
The gastropub-style menu at the Anchor & Ore has something to appeal to all tastes. It features traditional pub fare such as fish and chips, unique options like the delicious bannock nuggets and gloriously saucy pork drumettes, and entrees including rich duck breast with a lovely Saskatoon berry sauce and grilled salmon served with a scrumptious warm quinoa salad. And don’t forget dessert—notably the melt-in-your-mouth delicious chocolate lava cake. Expect a nice variety, as Tsang intends to change up the menu every three to four months, as the seasons change. The bar features an extensive whiskey, wine, and beer selection plus a variety of cocktails including the refreshingly fruity Anchor and Ore Signature.
Whether you are enjoying a bite to eat with a view or catching some sun on the patio over a pint, Anchor & Ore has something to offer to everyone.
Anchor & Ore
2240 Sleeping Giant Parkway