Throughout the year, Apt613 is partnering with the National Arts Centre to bring you restaurant reviews by musicians who are part of the all-Canadian NAC Presents concert series. Royal Wood is our first two-time contributor. After reviewing the Back Lane Cafe, we sent him out to Old Ottawa South to try Taylor’s Genuine Kitchen & Wine.
When we walked in I absorbed both the informal and professional atmosphere. To be honest I think all of our shoulders dropped and relaxed. We were in for a perfect evening of friends, laughter, food and drink.
We began with sharing some delicious appetizers. The first was a pickled beet and goat’s cheese dish that I wished I could have every other day of my life. The second was a cheese plate called “Trois Princes”. It was a creamy pasteurized goat’s milk made by infusing smoky ash rind. Yes please.
The wine pairing was ideal. One of my favourite Niagara wineries Tawse was on the menu, so we had their “Sketches” Chardonnay. It was balanced with just the right amount of alcohol and acidity for the dishes.
My main course was a pan roasted Mariposa duck breast with house made gnocchi, arugula pesto, Christophe’s mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and jus. Of course I had to wash it down with a good pinot noir. Everything was prepared perfectly, and served at the right time.
We decided to live as the French do of course, and finish the meal with a cheese platter. Like I have said many times “I love my life”.
I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting to experience a well crafted affordable meal and a tasty wine list to boot.
The next NAC Presents artist to review a local restaurant will be Ottawa’s own Jill Zmud just before she is having her first child this month and releasing her 2nd CD Small Matters of Life and Death at the NAC on May 23. She took hubby Alan Neal along to try The Rex. The review will be published next Friday.