We recently celebrated a special friend's birthday and what better place to celebrate than at one of our top picks for 2013. Gezellig, the third restaurant to join the Beckta family, recently opened on Richmond Road offering quality local and sustainable food and world class wine.
The atmosphere is comfortable and friendly and accommodating for large groups and parties. The menu features a unique selection of small plates and mains, each including a suggested wine pairing. After enjoying some wine, local fresh bread and a few appetizers, the phrase "quality over quantity" definitely came to mind. The portions were not overly filling, but the unique mix of flavors and quality ingredients definitely made my taste buds happy.
I started with the winter vegetable soup with orzo, mushroom broth, togarashi (chili spice) and truffle oil as an appetizer and the Crispy Sweetbreads with sautéed apples, swiss chard, parmesan and bacon mustard vinaigrette for my main. I also inhaled the "Butter Finger" for dessert which was a layered mousse style cake with peanut butter, white, milk and dark chocolate, graham cookie and chocolate anglaise. If you've never heard of or tried Sweetbreads before, I definitely recommend it. It's a little daring, but you will not regret it (side note - ask what it is after you try it).
Other praised dishes included the Beef Tartare, the Warm Beet Salad, the Seared Alaskan Scallops, the Shortrib Steak and the Grilled Quail.
Verdict: Overall, I was very impressed with my experience at Gezellig. Small on portion size but big on flavor!
Cost: Appetizers range from $8-$15, main courses from $21-$28. They also offer sharing plates for about $30.
Hours: Monday - Friday from noon-2:00pm and 5:30pm-10:00pm. Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00am-2:00pm and 5:30pm-10:00pm.
Gezellig, 337 Richmond Road, Ottawa