Friday, November 27, 2009
A group of business friends from out of town treated us to dinner last night. You know you're bound for a fun evening when in the company wonderful people. Spend that time at your favourite restaurant and the evening quickly jumps from great to exceptional.
As usual, I had a terrible time deciding what to order. In the end I believe my choices couldn't have been any better. I started off with the Confit of Octopus – Spanish Chorizo, smooth parsnip silk, organic mushrooms, chimichurri sauce, smoked paprika and chili oil, yummm.
My main, the Crispy Pig Cheeks and Garlic Prawn was rich and satisfying. Parsnip silk piled with layers of heaven – crisp, buttery pig cheeks that melted in your mouth, baby fennel, fried artichoke and a firm garlic prawn topped with delicious aioli. Piquillo emulsion and dried olives decorated the plate. Even today, I still can't get the rich moistness of the pig cheeks out of my mind!
We shared a heavy 2007 Spanish wine – Petalos, the perfect accompaniment. And ended the evening with a 10 year tawny port and espresso.
I love everything about this place. The soft atmosphere, the mouthwatering food, and the amazing service that is some of the best in Ottawa. Last night was particularly special. A year and a half ago I started this blog because of the experience I had there. I was in love with the food and in awe by our server – Deanna. When I heard her name last night I couldn't believe it. She had just returned from maternity leave. It was great to have her back there again.
Thanks so much to everyone who made this evening so great!