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Sweetgrass Aboriginal Bistro - Ottawa - review


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Sweetgrass Aboriginal Bistro - Ottawa - review

Jane | Dec 16, 2004 01:36 PM

I had the pleasure of dining at the Sweetgrass Aboriginal Bistro in Ottawa's Byward Market on Tuesday with three friends / research partners. The food was excellent: I had pheasant sigabon (kinda like pheasant satay) served with a smoky/spicy dipping sauce built on chipotles and molasses and served with a fennel/cucumber slaw. That was followed by juniper/herb-crusted medallions of red deer served with a parsnip and sweet potato mash and wilted chicory -- a fabulous combination of flavours and textures. My dinner companions had 3 sisters soup (with corn, squash and beans), smoked goose breast salad served with toasted bannock and a cranberry-apple chutney, harvest breads and dips, more venison and grilled arctic char with wild rice pilaf, sauteed spinach and a maple-mustard glaze. Everything was perfectly prepared and artfully presented. Prices were on the high side ($32 for the venison medallions) but portions were large and, as mentioned, very well executed. Oh, and wines are really reasonably priced (i.e., $36 for a 2002 Ravenswood Zin). Service was delighful -- helpful without being intrusive -- and the aboriginal artwork and music rounded out a wonderful experience. I'll be back for sure!

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