Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Hintonburg Public House

This new gem describes itself as the type of place where you'll feel right at home, and I have to agree. After our first visit late Saturday for a night cap, it took less than 5 days before we craved a return visit. This time though, we tried the food.

Along with my Malbec (the only non-Ontario wine on the menu – I know-I know, it's not that I'm not a fan! I'm saving the Southbrook Cab Merlot for my next visit) I shared two apps and a main with my husband.

We started off with the deliciously cured trout with Brussels sprout leaves, cubed pickled beets, capers and malt vinaigrette. So delicate and yummy.

And the squash galette, held together by a light and flaky crust. The best part of this dish? Slivers of caramelized fennel sprinkled on top.

I didn't get a shot of the main we shared, so sad, I started into the dish way too fast. What about a picture my husband belted out. Crap! I couldn't respond as my mouth was full of lightly battered crispy cod. It took all of me to share the English curry mayo that was served alongside. And the fries, mmmm, cooked to perfection.

I bet I won't last another 5 days before returning, even if only for the bar snacks (pickled egg, spiced chicken livers, beer nuts, cheeses). It's rare a restaurant this new would get me this excited from the get-go. I can only imagine what this place will be like 6 months from now. I love the atmosphere and the service is fantastic. If I could change one thing (and a friend we ran into made the same comment) – dimmer lights, and louder music. Otherwise, we've got the beginning of and long and beautiful friendship!

1020 Wellington Street West, Ottawa

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Middle Eastern Bison Meatballs with Cilantro-Yogurt Sauce

If the title of this post doesn't get you drooling, try walking into a house where these have been cooking. One of the most amazing dishes I've ever had, combining 2 of my favourite ingredients – bison and cilantro.

My husband got the recipe from I love that site. And of course, I love my husband who chooses the best recipes to work from.

Mmm, fennel, cumin and coriander seeds, getting toasted for the cilantro sauce that the bison will eventually bathe in.

Alongside this heavenly concoction my husband served a radish, arugula and mint salad – absolute perfection.