We started off with fresh shucked oysters from New Brunswick. Then came the steak tartare with shaved parm, house pickles (amazing), and fresh horseradish. And the BC Albacore tuna tartare with avocado, fingerling potato chips and soya glaze. I point out the pickles because they were the tastiest accompaniments on the plate. Unfortunately I was disappointed with both tartares as they lacked in flavour. Luckily the horseradish on the side helped kick up the steak.
We also ordered the beet salad with apple, walnuts and smoked cheddar foam. And the Ceasar salad, so yummy with pancetta, parmesan, croutons and XV olive oil.
Another winner was the crispy braised octopus with smoked paprika, Portuguese chouriço and burnt honey. And the BC spot prawn with parm and chives on fresh pasta was such a treat, I don't remember the last time I had pasta that good.
And of course, with all these lovely dishes, you need an equally pleasing wine. First we had the 2008 Laughing Stock Vineyards Blind Trust, followed by Coudoulet de Beaucastel Côtes-du-Rhone.
This restaurant is a great escape for a fun night out. The outstanding interior with their large window and stone walls make you feel like you're in a fairy tale. We were lucky to get a table next to the fireplace as well. And I must say, the people watching is pretty interesting too.
18 York Street, Ottawa