We went for dinner at Miner’s Daughter, which is in the historic Capital Hotel building and I imagine, if the walls could talk, we’d all be totally enthralled. As it was, we were impressed with the brick wall that still had the original signage painted in old fashioned lettering. Nice character.

Juxtaposing the history in the walls, the décor was modern with dark tables, muted lighting and a beautiful bar. It felt like we were going out for a special meal. The hostess seated us at a table for two in the corner and before long, the place was quite full and bustling.

We were left to peruse the menu, which offered a great variety of dishes. There were many steak options, but also enough vegetarian choices and salads. My eyes led me to the appetizers.

We took a while choosing, as we always do, and while my companion chose a dinner entrée, I thought I’d be different and order three separate appetizers. They sounded so good. My companion had tea and I asked for coffee. It turned out the coffee was an espresso that was very, very good.

The beautiful white china was striking against the dark tables and the silverware simply shone. All quite elegant.

The Golddigger Burger arrived for my companion: bacon, lettuce, tomato, aged cheddar and pickles stacked high between the halves of a bun and accompanied by crisp fries.

My appetizers arrived all at the same time, as I had asked. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to eat it all, the portions were so generous. A kale and apple salad, complete with pecans, cheese and a delicious, yet light, dressing sat before me. As well, I had fried cauliflower nestled on greens atop soft garbanzo beans. And I’d ordered Brussel sprout chips with a light dressing. Believe it or not, they were very tasty; my favourite.

We got talking to the newly arrived occupants at a neighboring table. They were curious as to what we’d ordered and when I acclaimed the Brussel sprouts, they just had to have them, as well.

You’d think that with all this food, and my eyes being bigger than my stomach, we’d be hard pressed just to finish the main course. But we couldn’t resist dessert. There were a few delectable sounding items from which to choose, but we ended up picking the same one: the apple crumble, topped with salted caramel and served with vanilla ice cream. It just sounded too good to pass up.

I asked for more coffee and was told it would be a separate order, not a refill, since it was espresso. For coffee that good, it was worth it.

Miner’s Daughter is located at 103 Main Street in the old Capital Hotel building. It is open Tuesday to Saturday from 4:30 p.m. until, as they say, late. For reservations or more information call 633-3305.