Monday, May 27, 2013

Two Six {Ate} (Review)

This recent cold and rainy weather put Lola and Riley in a slight food hibernation, but this past sunny weekend was a reason to celebrate the coming of Spring and a certain mother's birthday. We headed to a new spot in the heart of Little Italy to share some tapas-style food and indulge in unique cocktails and decadent desserts. Two Six {Ate} came highly recommended by a few friends and blogger "colleagues" so it was a must for our next culinary adventure.

The atmosphere was very cozy and casual and the staff were extremely friendly. Our group was a little larger than usual and they were very accommodating to our individual tastes and complicated bill splits. The drink menu features some unique cocktails including Pimms and Prosecco and a variety of wine and beer. Their dinner menu has both small sharing plates and larger main course items, but they are all served to be easily tasted and shared among friends.

Our lovely dining companions
Two Six {Ate} is not a traditional Italian restaurant, but they have incorporated some Italian flare to their dishes to appeal to the local community. We were tempted to order one of everything as it all looked divine, but decided on a few sharing plates and main dishes. Some of our group shared the Shrimp Pogos, the Ham and Cheese Arancino and the Asparagus Salad followed by the Pasta of the day, the Italian Style Banhi-Mi, the Foie Burger and the Scallops and Pork Belly. The portions were pretty decent, especially if you try a few of the sharing plates.
Scallops and Pork Belly
Pasta of the Day
Italian Style Banh-Mi
Foie Burger
If you've seen our previous blog posts, you know we can't stop before indulging in dessert, especially when they have an in-house pastry chef. Lola's ultimate favourite was definitely the Fried PB&J with Nutella and Riley's favourite was the freshly-made Cannolis. The Tiramisu and Rhubarb and Apple Tart were also a hit. If your sweet tooth is still begging for more, they have an assortment of dessert coffees and "apr├Ęs diner"  cocktails as well.
Tiramisu - as you can see, we couldn't wait to take the photo
Cannoli 
Rhubarb Apple Tart 
Fried PB&J
After a casual (almost three hours) meal among friends and family, all of our stomachs were full and especially satisfied. We would highly recommend this quaint and casual dining spot for dinner or late night munchies (they are open until 2am). They also have a second floor that can accommodate larger private parties.

Let us know what you think!!

Verdict: Simple, yet tasty food!

Cost: Small plates range between $5.00 - $18.00

Hours: Wednesday to Monday, 4 pm - 2 am

Two six {ate}, 268 Preston Street, Ottawa ON

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