I usually don’t put a lot of stock in online business ratings, but when searching for a restaurant in Smiths Falls to review, My Place kept coming up as number one on more than a few different sites. So our neighbours joined my partner and I for a recent visit, and found out their high scores are well deserved.
Located just off the main thoroughfare (Beckwith Street) at 2 Main St. W, My Place is easy to find and offers plenty of on-street parking. It bills itself as a family restaurant specializing in European food. It’s known far and wide by locals and visitors alike for making some of the best schnitzel and goulash on the planet with a decidedly Eastern European flare. This family business was started 14 years ago by Josef and Paval. Today it is managed by Ivana and her daughters Madison and Hallie.
The dining room is spacious with various table sizes and an open view of the kitchen. This lack of walls provided the first clue that we weren’t in any ordinary restaurant for, after each order was placed from the very busy dining area that evening, all we could hear was the steady beat of a meat tenderizing hammer accompanied by a flurry of activity at the cooking stations. What this suggested (and what was later confirmed by what we tasted) is that every dish coming out of My Place’s kitchen is handmade to order and not prepared in advance.
Even as busy as our Friday evening visit was, service was prompt and friendly and we received our piping hot dishes with very little delay. Three at our table opted for variations of schnitzel (pork or chicken with different spicing) and one choose the goulash. All of our servings were extremely generous, so bring an appetite.
The breading on the large selection of meats (two per order) was crispy and light and not oily in any sense. The pork and chicken was moist and cooked to perfection and the white creamy dressing/condiment offered on the side, provided just the right compliment to this heavenly creation.
All dinner and lunch plates come with a variety of side options. I choose the plain dumplings (covered in a delicious gravy) with my Prague pork schnitzel. The fresh vegetable sides were plentiful and cooked to the right texture, meaning not mushy but firm and full of flavour.
On one section of the open counter that separated the kitchen from the dining area sat an amazing array of desserts that couldn’t be passed up, no matter how filling our entrees were. My partner and I split a deep-dish strawberry rhubarb pie that came with its own side of fresh fruit along with chocolate sauce and whipped cream.
All I can say is leave time for a leisurely stroll around the stores in Smiths Falls to walk some of this homemade goodness off.
The total for my partner and I (with tip and tax) came to a ridiculously low $46. The menu is also chocked full of traditional North American fare and take-out and catering services are available.
With their penchant for freshly prepared and amply served dishes at very reasonable prices, My Place should be your place for regular outings when the home kitchen is off duty. My Place is open for lunch (from 11 am to 2 pm) seven days a week and for dinner Sunday through Wednesday 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. You can reach them at 613-284-4696.