I must confess that when our lovely friend chose to go to Navarra, I was under the impression of having a great culinary experience of fusion tapas at a Spanish restaurant. Sadly, I do not understand why people here in Ottawa are over rating this place, when in reality the food was simply okay, made with very inexpensive (not to say CHEAP) ingredients, and priced 5 times what it would really cost preparing the meals. Don't get me wrong, I love international cuisine and one of my favorites is Mexican food but I would never pay that much money for simply mediocre flavors when you can find better venues with excellent dishes for this type of food in Ottawa and for a quarter of the price. There are places in Ottawa, such as Milagros, Pancho Villa, Tacos Mauro, Corazon de Maiz and lastly, Ahora (which btw is just edible and nothing else).
Navarra restaurant was such a disappointment because the theme and the restaurant depicts a Spanish European flair and it was far fetch from reality. The wine list was terrible (again inexpensive wines from Argentina and South America with hardly any good selection from Spain) and priced to $32 per 1/2 a liter. You can probably buy the same wines at LCBO for $10 or $15 per bottle.
To be fair, three out of the six dishes that we ordered, the Rabbit enchilada ($30), the chile relleno ($20 +) and seviche ($20) were the best of the bunch. Sadly, the Oaxaca Mole dish was watered down and added figs, changing the usually complex and rich flavors of chocolate, nuts, chiles and spices. This was a disappointment because I was looking forward to it since I ate it in New York City and Oaxaca City and absolutely LOVED it). I guess the good intentions of creating a gourmet fusion Mexican cuisine were there but then call it what it really is and be proud of it. Enhance the flavors and show case the best of the best in Mexican cooking- which is incredible when you try unique dishes from the country. Finally, the service was AMAZING and we left a hefty tip to our waiter because he was exceptional despite the above mentioned!!!
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