Last weekend, after a busy couple of days, Byron and I decided to check another Westboro restaurant off of our list and headed to The Savoy Brasserie for a small dinner. Oysters and shrimp were on special that night, for a dollar and 2 dollars, respectively and since we are almost always game for Buck a Shuck we decided to head on over and try out some of the food.
We were going for an early dinner, so we arrived at about 5:30 and the restaurant was very, very quiet. There were about 3 or 4 other full tables and the restaurant is fairly large, so it was quite empty.
The website mentions Champagne Sundays with specials on Champagne and Sparkling Wine (another reason I wanted to visit), however when I asked I was told that there were no drink specials. It’s not the biggest deal in the world, but I feel like if you are going to advertise specials on your website, then you should probably make sure they are available.
After looking over the menu, we decided to get a dozen oysters, 6 shrimp, some fries and a side salad to share.
The fries and aioli were actually quite delicious. The fries were crispy and warm, obviously freshly fried, and perfectly seasoned. The aioli was rich and tangy and an excellent accompaniment for the fries.
The salad was fine, it was a nice mix of greens and veggies, but for my taste it could have used just a touch more dressing.
The oysters and shrimp were pretty good. Not the best oysters I have had in Ottawa, they didn’t have a ton of flavor, but for Buck a Shuck they weren’t bad. They were served with a mignonette, cocktail sauce and grated horseradish. The shrimp were decently sized and tasted pretty good, especially when dunked in the cocktail sauce.
Our meal at The Savoy Brasserie was good, but I was hoping for a little bit more. While the food was all fine, it just didn’t jump out at me like I had hoped it would, and with so many restaurants to try, that probably means we won’t be back again anytime in the near future. The Savoy’s location is prime, right in the heart of Westboro on the corner of Wellington and Churchill, so it’s a little worrisome to me when a restaurant seems so empty at a time when I would think it would be a little bit busier. I am a huge proponent of local, neighbourhood restaurants, so I would love to see this restaurant thrive, but I think perhaps it may take some tweaks to get it bustling like it should be.