Fall 2017 tastes like rosemary smoke, Niagara peaches, rich lamb gravy, and turkey leg rubbed with Montreal steak spice. At least, it does at the Andaz Ottawa hotel’s Feast + Revel restaurant, led by Executive Chef Stephen La Salle. The new fall menu launched with a festive 5 à 7 this week, where guests enjoyed freshly crafted cocktails and small bites of the chef’s “New Frontier cuisine.”
Meat and seafood are both well-represented on the new bill of fare. For the carnivorous among you, brown sugar-glazed pork shoulder confit with blueberries, the aforementioned spiced turkey leg, and sous vide cooked chicken pulled into shreds and served over peach and corn risotto were just a few of the selections, as well as an incredible smoked elk with pickles layered atop “beaver bread” — like a savory beavertail. Oh, and don’t forget the upscale lamb “poutine” with rosemary gravy and whipped cheese laid over a rich potato cake.
If you prefer aquatic treats, seared octopus with green onion or tea-dusted albacore tuna with compressed watermelon won’t disappoint. Vegetarians can enjoy a creative ratatouille that looks inspired by the version in Pixar’s film, with thin zucchini ribbons wrapped around eggplant mousse and spicy red pepper sauce.
We’re happy to see that several of the dishes on the new menu (including that poutine) are designated as Mealshare items: each time that dish is ordered, the restaurant makes a donation to the organization, which provides meals to youth in need.
If you love a little drama in your glass, one of the bar’s newest creations involves maple-infused whiskey and Amaro Nonino garnished with a rosemary branch that’s been torched and set alight, then left to gently infuse your beverage with herbaceous smoke. It sounds weird but works surprisingly well.
Clearly, Chef La Salle is revelling in the bounty that Ontario farms and orchards have to offer, if this menu is any indication. It’s a feast for the mouth and the senses alike.
Feast + Revel is located just off the lobby of the Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market hotel at the corner of Dalhousie and York. It is open daily for breakfast and dinner.