One of the hottest culinary spots in Ottawa right now is without question Novotel’s The Albion Rooms. Both the restaurant atmosphere and menu is rustic, yet contemporary with its seasonal ingredients and accent on powerful flavours. The minimal selection of appetizers, entrées and charcuterie allow Albion Chefs to focus on elevating the quality, presentation and overall taste of the food. Having read a well convincing review about TAR’s roasted cauliflower in the Ottawa Citizen, I decided to try it along side a beautiful plate of selected charcuterie (salty proscuitto, smoked salmon, chorizo sausage with rich sauvagine cheese and crostinis). The cauliflower, which I initially pegged as a gutsy choice to make the star of a restaurant dish, was pleasently warm, soft, creamy and packed with unexpected flavour. Pine nuts and croutons add a necessary crunch to the dish, while raisins add a delightful sweetness. Top it off with a creamy saffron mayo and you won’t want to share it :). Make sure to wrap your Albion Rooms experience up the right way with a warm pecan tart (highly recommended by my server), topped with a generous scoop of cold vanilla ice cream. For all you caesar fans out there, do not leave without trying the Marcus Brutus made with pickle juice, hot sauce, spiced syrup and pickle infused vodka…did I mentioned this cocktail comes garnished with 3 house cured meats? Reservation required.
Location: 33 Nicholas St