Dined at Perspectives at the Brookstreet Hotel in Kanata on Friday night with 3 friends. A little weird to drive all the way out to Kanata for fine dining but I had heard good things and the menu looked interesting. Executive summary: mostly disappointing, overpriced for what we got, chef is trying to hard to be cool and chic and not delivering.
Started with cocktails, they were ok. Bread was good. Amuse was a passion fruit cocktail. Mine had large chunks of ice in it which made it a little hard to drink (literally). Also didn't appreciate a cold sweet amuse, i guess i'm more partial to the savoury bite type. This was actually my first sweet amuse, not sure if it is a new trend or what but I wasn't a fan. My app was called Foie La, 3 attempts at foie gras: wonton, temaki, and beignet. The wonton was tasty, if tiny. The temaki was just ok but could have had way more interesting flavours. The beignet was awful, a crispy piece of donut in an overly sweet caramel syrup - no idea where the foie was here. My partner had bison carpacio and although the bison on its own was yummy, the greens were overly bitter and the dressing dominated the bison. A traditional carpacio presentation with more subtle accompaniments would have made for a better dish. Another friend had the scallops, probably the best of the 4 apps we tried, it had a really good potato latke type thing underneath. The last friend had a dish promising 3 textures and 3 temperatures starring duck, rabbit, and pork. My friend's assessment: seems like everything is the same flavour (bland) and the same temperature (room), I will say they are different textures though.
One of the few totally good things we tried was a sushi roll we shared between our apps and mains. It contained squid and roe and had an exiting flavour and texture combination.
Mains were overall better than the apps but still disappointed. Nothing lived up to its exotic menu description or price, but worse it just wasn't good enough. I had a rack of veal which was cooked to perfection but lacked seasoning and didn't come with enough sauce to enjoy it. My partner had venison which, again, was cooked right, but underseasoned. Another friend had the lamb which he said was good and the final friend had the kurobata jowl which was very good.
Deserts were ok, cheesecake was pretty good. Wine list is impressive and not unusually high in terms of pricing. We liked all the by the glass options but opted for a reasonably priced Ripasso recommended by the server, delicious. Service was fine. Restaurant was extremely cold, too much AC.
Sorry if this sounds overly negative or snobby but when I pay top dollar I expect amazing flavour and creativity and this just didn't do it for me. If you are looking for good food in Ottawa I would choose Domus, Beckta, Urban Pear, even the Manx, before this place.
My advice to the chef: stop trying so hard, make things a little simpler and focus on flavour.
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