Staying at the Novotel Ottawa for a few days on business, I ended up initially disappointed when I realized I had only just under an hour to find a place to have dinner after a day's meetings and before a teleconference. I was resigned to eating in the hotel restaurant -- usually, this is a mediocre affair.
The Albion Room blew me away! I consider myself a bit of a "foodie" (not in the "I-Instagram-food-pictures" way, in the normal way where I'm not afraid to spend money or try new things) and this. Place. Is. Amazing. I told the waitress I wanted to try a bunch of the "bar bites," and she obliged, putting all of my selections onto a wooden board.
Roasted corn on the cob with cumin carrot feta butter. Verjus and herb marinated cheese curds. Beet pickled quail eggs. Speck wrapped dates stuffed with grey owl goat cheese. I also ordered a prosciutto charcuterie board, from their cured meats... it was great, but I regret not trying the wild boar! Their meats are served with delicious house-made mustard, crostini, and pickled vegetables. Even the cocktail I chose was unique - with thyme-infused gin.
An added plus - the service was as great as the food. Not too sure why there were 2 waitresses (joined at the hip, serving every table together... one in training maybe?) -- but they both did a great job and were personable, a great quality in a hotel restaurant when you're dining alone. However, if I lived in Ottawa, this restaurant would become a fixture for me, hotel lobby or no.
Confession: I went back the next day for lunch and had beet-infused fettuccine with goat cheese, pesto, pine nuts, and creme fraiche. When will I ever get the chance to have pink fettucine noodles again?! Next time I am in Ottawa, definitely.
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