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The Metropolitan Brasserie’s Duck Poutine

Shredded duck, triple cream brie and foie-gras gravy (what? who knew such a thing even existed??) make up this insanely decadent and literally heart stoppingly tasty poutine.   It can be found at the The Metropolitan Brasserie; a gorgeous, lively and delicious french restaurant in downtown Ottawa, which also happens to be right up the street from work. For this reason it often gets picked for after work drinks and celebrations.  Recently I was there for a coworker’s going away party and decided it was a perfect time to try this poutine creation I’d been eying and dreaming about for a few months now.

It was beyond rich, with a very generous chunk of triple cream brie and enough of that foie-gras gravy to generously coat the crispy fries.  So rich in fact that I actually shared and still couldn’t finish it.  It’s not something I could eat regularly but I’m glad I tried it because what I did eat was downright delectable.  Everything I love about poutine, but fancier!

Metropolitan Brasswerie

Metropolitan Brasserie

Yes, that is a giant hunk of brie on top.

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Benny’s Bistro

I love everything about Benny’s Bistro.  It’s tucked away in the back of the top notch French Baker in downtown Ottawa and serves the wonderful things the bakery produces along side expertly prepared breakfast and brunch food.   It’s all in the details at this place.  Take the regular old two egg breakfast; at Benny’s, this includes FRESH, amazing bread and butter, a hit of nutrients with the side green salad, the best potato and bacon hash you can imagine, and eggs cooked to absolute perfection.  Nothing but love for this place 🙂

Two eggs with toast, crispy smoked bacon and fingerling potato hash

I got the inspiration for my stuffed french toast recipe from Benny’s.  I always love their changing menu;  I’ve never once been disappointed!  The french toast on this particular visit was made with baked-fresh-that-morning-absolutely-perfect-baguette (obviously), and topped with fresh fruit, maple syrup and an crunchy oat crumble.  WOW.

French toast with fresh fruit and maple syrup

The only challenge with Benny’s is trying to walk through the bakery on your way out and not leave with a giant bag of pastries.  Not really a huge problem in my books!

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The Greek Souvlaki Shack

The Greek Souvlaki Shack caused a Greek food craving frenzy in my life a few months ago, and I thought it was time I told more people about this place.   I first tried it for dinner with friends one evening, and returned the very next night with another group because I couldn’t stop thinking about it!!  So glad this place is just a few blocks away!

The first night we started with the Greek Fries….and the second night I insisted we do the same thing.  It’s basically a Greek poutine.  And as a good Canadian, I love all things poutine related.  Perfect, crispy fries, feta cheese, Greek spices and just enough olive oil to lightly coat the fries, but not be overwhelming at all.  PERFECT.

Greek Fries

On the second visit we tried another appetizer:  the Greek sausage.  It was juicy with a nice crisp-ish coating, and was served with red onion.  Thumbs up all around!

Greek Sausage and Fries

The main course was beyond good.  Every bite.  So so so good.  The first night I got the chicken souvlaki, but wolfed it down too quickly to take a photo.  The second visit I tried the Beef Gyro platter, and that is what you see below.  The platters all came with rice pilaf (amazing), potatoes and  fresh, perfect Greek salad. All the flavours flying around this dinner were just exceptional.   I loved it from start to finish, and needless to say, I’ve found my go-to Greek place in Ottawa!

I also had to ask what kind of olive oil they used because it was noticeably light and delicious.  Turns out it’s just from Coscto!  Guess that means it’s time to get a membership….

Beef Gyro Platter

I haven’t had room for dessert any of the 3 times I’ve been to this place (I also went back again with my mom when she was in town…).  But all kinds of Greek pastries are displayed temptingly along the front counter.  Maybe one day I’ll have the will power to skip the Greek Fries at the beginning to save room for dessert.  Maybe….

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Black Cat Bistro

Hidden away among the endless pizza and pasta places in Little Italy (not that there’s anything wrong with that), is Black Cat Bistro.  A warm and modern restaurant with excellent bistro fare on the menu, where I recently got to have dinner for a friends birthday 🙂

Right away I was impressed by the simple bread and butter.  The bread was soft and fresh, and the butter had brown sugar or something sweet mixed in….whatever it was, I wanted to eat it by the spoonful.

(Sorry for the dark pictures folks, the restaurant was dark-ish and my little iphone did the best it could. )

Bread and Brown Sugar Butter

The arugula and chicken confit salad.  An appetizer, apparently.

Arugula, roasted almonds, pears,  cheese & sherry shallot vinaigrette

Arugula  w/ Chicken Confit Salad

The tuna carpaccio was another appetizer.  I didn’t try it, but I do know that there was radishes, jalapenos and wasabi mayo involved. There also wasn’t any left on the plate!

Albacore Tuna Carpaccio

For the main course, this is the much sought after burger.   It’s only available from Tuesday to Thursday for some reason.  Maybe because it’s so popular? Anyways, we were there on a Wednesday. Phew.

And this may be the reason why it’s so sought after:  smoked bacon, sharp cheddar, secret sauce, pomme frites, pickles & truffle mayo.

Four or five people at the table ordered this and the reviews were unanimously cleaned plates!

Black Cat Bistro’s Burger

I chose the truffle chicken for my main.  There were actually truffles stuffed underneath the crispy chicken skin.  Combined with the fact that the chicken itself was ultra juicy, and that it was served on top of parsnip purée, kale and a bunch of other yummy veggies, this chicken was pretty much perfect!

Black Cat Bisrto’s Truffle Chicken

My neighbour had the BC Halibut….no complaints!

Fish

The steak from the steak frites was juicy and charbroiled…mouthwateringly good.  A little peppercorn bordelaise never hurt anyone either.

Steak Frites

Here is the frites part of the steak frites.  Sage frites to be exact. They were hot, crispy and perfectly seasoned. I could have eaten a whole bunch of these.

Sage Frites

Obviously there was dessert.  The presentation of this s’mores dessert made me giggle, because I am a child, but it also had many many delicious flavours and texture combinations.  Chocolate, homemade marshmallow, caramel,  banana-almond ice cream and Oreo soil 🙂

Rocky Road

More dessert!  Happy Birthday vanilla creme brulée!

Happy Birthday Creme Brulée

YUM!

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