If you have good attention to detail you may notice something different about this blog post. If you look up just a few lines you’ll see that this restaurant is in Ottawa and although I have visited Ottawa many times in the last year, this time I am writing about a restaurant that is in my new neighbourhood. Earlier this month I moved to Ottawa and I am so excited to explore all of the new delicious food that Ottawa has to offer.
Because of the big move, this Christmas, Byron and I decided to treat ourselves to a nice dinner out in lieu of presents to each other. I also thought that this dinner would be a great chance to kick off my blog’s relocation to Ottawa.
We are very lucky, as we live in the Westboro area of Ottawa, which has many awesome restaurants within walking distance. One of which is Supply and Demand, a very highly rated and recommended restaurant in Ottawa; a restaurant that I have been wanting to visit for quite a while now.
We ended up sitting at the bar that overlooked the kitchen, which is always fun as it means you get an up close view of all of the action in the kitchen. We started the evening with some cocktails, a Caesar for myself and a gin based cocktail for Byron.
After looking over the menu we decided to share a handful of items so we could try as many different things as possible. While we waited for our food we were served some house baked bread with bacon fat infused butter. The bread was warm and delicious and who could say no to bacon fat butter?
First up was the Albacore Tuna Crudo served with Lemon, Truffle Oil, Puffed Rice and Cilantro. Now, I need to be upfront about something– I really don’t like truffles. That might make me a bad foodie, but I just find the flavour off putting. So, in hindsight maybe we should have ordered something without truffle oil, but I always think that if I try it in just the right dish then maybe I will love it. Well, sadly that was not the case. The tuna itself was amazing, but I just couldn’t get around my distaste for truffles. Byron, on the other hand, loves truffles and gladly ate my share.
Next up was a delicious Kale Salad served with a Caper Vinaigrette, Crotonese Cheese and Bacon. While the salad was very tasty, and it was great to eat some healthy greens, I feel like I could easily make a similar kale salad at home so I would probably wouldn’t order this particular dish again.
Our next course was a half order of each of the 2 fresh made pastas on the menu: Squid Ink Rigatoni with Tuna and Proscuitto Meatballs, Mint and Chilli and Ricotta and Egg Yolk Raviolo with Fried Brussels leaves, Brown Butter and Hazelnuts.
The Egg Yolk Raviolo was wonderfully decadent; the beautiful yellow yolk oozed out when I cut the raviolo and the rich brown butter sauce, crispy brussels leaves and hazelnuts paired perfectly.
The Squid Ink Rigatoni was also very tasty. The rigatoni noodles had the perfect bite to them and I loved the spicy, chili sauce. The tuna and prosciutto meatballs were very different than anything I have tried before and because of that I think I am still trying to work out how I feel about them.
Next out was our meat dish, Roasted Chicken with Fried Potatoes, Pickled Fennel and Preserved Lemon. The chicken was so juicy and had the most delightful flavour accented by a hint of citrus from the preserved lemon, while the crispy potatoes served underneath were perfect for mopping up all of the delicious juices.
By this point in the meal we were incredibly stuffed, but because of our seats overlooking the kitchen, we had seen some delicious desserts being prepared and decided we should probably sample at least one of them. We looked over the dessert menu and decided on the the Deep Fried Apple Pie which was served with a Sour Cream and Cinnamon Ice Cream. I really loved this play on apple pie; the deep fried crust rolled in cinnamon sugar was wonderfully crispy which nicely complimented the apple pie filling. Then, there was the unexpected flavour of the Sour Cream and Cinnamon Ice Cream, which worked so well in this dessert.
We really enjoyed our meal at Supply and Demand. The food was delicious and I liked that I was surprised by some new, interesting flavour combinations; it’s always great to try something new and unique.
With Supply and Demand being just a quick walk away from where we live I am sure this will not be our last visit. In fact I noticed that they have a special on “Bubbles and Bivalves” (sparkling wine and oysters) every Sunday and I am sure that will bring us back in soon for another visit.
In the mean time I am looking forward to continuing to explore the different restaurants in our neighbourhood and the rest of Ottawa. There is a lot of good food out there just waiting for us.