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Trip Report: Ottawa, Niagara on the Lake

Bashful3 | Jun 4, 2005 09:06 PM

Well, it was a great chow experience, and in general great value as well, compared to the States.

Les Jardins on York Rd, Eastern edge of Byward Mkt was superb. Lobster cocktail--generous, tasty and unbelievable priced at $12.95 Canadian. Fiddlehead Fern Soup was a rare treat. Imagine my disappointment, but also gratitude when the chef felt that the sweetbread dish I had ordered was not up to quality. ($24.95 Can) I "made do" with what turned out to be the best rack of lamb dish ever; deeply flavored saucing, meat fork tender but tasty, every veggie cooked just right. Service was formal but friendly; we were charged the considerably lower price for the lamb, to make up for the disappointment on my original choice of entree. I really wanted to return on our last night, but my hubby would have none of it. Drat. Total bill, about $120 Can, including tax and tip.

But, being forced to eat in Wilfred's in the Chateau Laurier wasn't hard to take. Table D'Hote dinner for $46 included an amazing fiddlehead fern and wild Japanese asparagus soup; entree of elk loin was a tasty first for me--not gamy at all, and again, fork tender, with very interesting and generous veggies. Cheese course, and extra $6 Can was a tad off in flavor--the al dente beet relish was too powerful to pair with the cheeses. Dessert was a combo of rasberry mousse, a mango puff pastry, cookie, and swirl of rasberry sauce, with custard sauce as well. But my husband's chicken dish had him asking me why I couldn't make chicken like that! Picqued, I accepted the challenge, and wound up asking the chef directly what kind of chicken he used to get such a tender tasty result. The answer amazed me--he gave me exact directions on how to brine the chicken!

We also ate at Sante, across the street from our hotel.(McKenzie and Rideax corner) Thai inspired; slighly spicy, but not too much so. Very reasonable. Nice view from upstairs seating (elevator)

In Niagara on the Lake we stayed at the White Oak Resort--a four star resort somewhat away from the action, but a great value for the breakfast included package ($165/day for 2, senior citizen rate). Amazing breakfasts. Dinner was so good that my husband wanted to eat there both nights. Pricey yes, but well worth it--maybe $110 Can for the two of us, without wine. Unusual onion soup--light and savory, not too filling. Sorry I can't remember the details, but the cuisine was imaginative and satisfying. LIV was the name of the restaurant within the resort. Again, great atmosphere, polished warm service.

IN Ottawa, Toronto and NIagara on the Lake service was always gracious, noise level was peacefully quiet.

Wonderful Canadian experiences overall--hated to leave.

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