We had a late dinner here on a Friday night in March and got to see how a restaurant truly rises to the occasion when challenged. They had just two reservations - ours, 4 people, and another table of two - for that evening, but when we arrived the place was full. Consequently, they were out of some menu items but we ate very well nonetheless, beginning with a classic beef tartare for my friends and a wonderful beet and apple "tartare" with chevre and sherry vinegar for me. Delightful.
For mains, two expertly cooked short ribs and a gorgeously medium-rare filet mignon graced the table along with my grilled salmon. Since I did not order the salmon, this was a surprise to me - turns out I was misheard when I asked for the scallops. However, our waitress was a star - I said I was fine to eat the salmon, as it looked delicious, and she immediately offered to prepare me a side of the scallops. I agreed and two fat scallops, plated gorgeously, were on the table within five minutes. In the end I preferred the sauce on the salmon to the one on the scallops (but both were excellent and nicely cooked) so it was just fine.
Some great wines were poured by the glass and many interesting choices were available. My friend wasn't sure what he wanted to drink and was invited to taste three different wines before making his selection. Pours were generous and wines well-priced. Total class.
We closed the place down and had a great chat with the bartender who, when he heard we were from Ottawa, recommended a restaurant in Gatineau that he loved - a place where, coincidentally, the four of us have eaten very well together. These folks know their food. Very impressed. We'll be back.
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