My friends who lived in Oakville, Ontario recommended me to take my out-of-town friends to dine at Julia. The moment I opened the website of the restaurant, I was attracted to the Latin music in the background. “Latialiano”–this was how the website described the type of cuisine. We decided to give this “sensuous and savory Traditional Italian cuisine with exotic and fiery New Latin cuisine” a try.
The restaurant had a warm ambience, but the decor was neither Italian nor Latin, albeit Latin music was playing in the background.
We ordered four different starters to sample. The Crab and Salmon Cakes came with a very generous helping of salad.
The Crab Dip was delicious with the corn tortilla, yucca chips and grilled flour tortilla.
The mussels chimichurri was aromatic and could easily be shared by two.
So was the Latin skillet shrimp which has a tasty sauce with lime, garlic and oregano.
For entree, two of us opted for the braised ribs, which was tender and tasty.
The sweet potato crusted salmon for the two fish lovers was nicely presented and seared just right.
We were quite full by the end of the meal and decided not to have desserts. Service was attentive and friendly. For the price, we had very generous helpings. The food was very good, although we felt that we were unable to pinpoint exactly what was meant by Latin-Italiano cuisine and the description of the food being ‘sensuous’ in the website was missing in the tasting.
Ristorante Julia, 312 Lakeshore Road East, Oakvile, Ontario.