My girlfriend and I discovered this restaurant last summer and it quickly became our favorite place to eat. We decided that it would be home to our Wednesday night girls night dinners, however sometimes it is very difficult to get a reservation because it is so quaint with limited tables.
In Ferno's is a very small bistro in St Boniface. Although at times it does tend to get quite noisy, it has a warm ambiance perfect for a date. The waiters are very friendly and surprisingly helpful ( i usually do not find servers to be of any help) Every meal I have ever enjoyed at In Ferno's has been exquisite, leaving me feeling very satisfied. There is a wide range of appetizers however if you aren't the adventurous type the selection might seem limited. In which case you could enjoy the delectable bread basket that they provide you with. It’s a miracle that our group even makes it to the entree because between the bread and delicious appetizers a person could become easily stuffed.
The entrees never disappoint. I usually order one of the nightly chicken specials and have always been delighted by my choice. The French onion soup is delicious as well as the hazel nut chicken bites. I haven't been there in a while because French cooking is by nature very rich and calorie laden, not helpful whilst preparing for swimsuit season!
I had the pleasure of dining at In Ferno's while my whole family was in the city for my high school graduation. The decor is a combination of rich woods and interesting and colorful modern art light fixtures on the ceiling. They also have a sizable outdoor patio. It was absolutely PACKED when we got there, which we all took to be a good sign, but it was quite loud inside and cramped for our party of 7. Fortunately, our very sweet server ran over and set us up with an additional end table for more elbow room.
We were set up with menus which impressed me thoroughly with their multitudes of options. After a painstaking process of narrowing down dish after dish (which ALL sounded delicious), I chose the Penne Inferno's. (Everyone else at my table ordered a seafood entree, which I'm not much for but they all claimed them to be superb.) Our waiter was very good humored and knowledgeable of the daily specials, and he was very effective at keeping us comfortable and looked after in spite of the (at least) 10 tables he was serving.
Now; the bread. Oh. My. God. The bread. Make sure you ask for lots, and try to take some home. The breadbasket we were supplied with came with a bruschetta with a crust of tomato slices, fine Italian herbs and flavorful aged Italian cheeses. My brother ordered an appetizer of French Onion Soup, which was not only divine but made an ideal dip for the bruschetta. Also in the bread basket was a crusty pretzel-like option and a moist, delicious cornbread with jalapenos, which acted as a flavoring agent but did not add any excessive heat.
As tempted as I was to fill up on the bread (which, I'm told, is baked fresh in-house), my entree was fantastic. Be warned, if you aren't a fan of spicy foods, the Penne Inferno's is not for you. It was a wonderful array of flavors, including vegetables, cheeses, perfectly-cooked penne and peppers but beware; the cream sauce is very spicy. I personally adore spicy foods, but I required refill after refill of my ginger-ale glass. Despite being very hot, the dish never lost it's flavor. I was very satisfied and the portion was perfect.
Afterwards, my sister and I decided we had to see how these folks did dessert. I had been eyeing a chocolate item on the dessert menu but we ended up settling for a creamy strawberry pie on a shortbread crust. I was not at all sorry, and I was hard pressed not to finish it myself. I typically don't eat lots at restaurants, but In Ferno's bistro never stopped impressing and I look forward to my next visit.
I've been here twice and both times the food has been wonderful! The atmosphere is a little loud and they don't have free refills on pop. The prices are surprisingly good and definitely worth what you get! I recommend this restaurant (even though I haven't tried the molten lava cake yet).
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