The Christmas holidays were busy with shopping, baking, spending time with friends and family and watching way too many holiday movies. We haven't had much time (or extra money for that matter) to venture to many restaurants, but on a cold and snowy Sunday evening, Fraser Café's cozy atmosphere and friendly service was calling our name. The restaurant, along with their newest venture Table 40, is tucked away on a small side street in Ottawa's up and coming trendy neighborhood, New Edinburgh. The interior has decent floor space, but the tucked away corner tables almost give the illusion of private dining. The service is friendly, the drinks are plenty and the food is comforting and delicious. We've had several meals at Fraser Café and they have yet to disappoint. We shared a couple of plates that we had not ordered in the past and were blown away by the unique combinations and rich flavours. We shared two appetizers including the Beet Salad and the Duck Meatballs and Potato Gnocchi. They were both incredible in their own ways. Pairing the cold salad with the warm dish was a great suggestion by our server and barely left us wanting our main course. But we knew we had to try the next items on our list. We ordered the Pieorgi and Pork Belly and the Grilled Salmon. Both were delicious with warm winter vegetables and bold sauces to add an extra punch.
|Clockwise from top left: Beet Salad; Duck Meatballs and Potato Gnocchi; |
Grilled Salmon with roasted potatoes; Pierogi and Pork Belly
|Espresso Chocolate Torte, homemade vanilla ice cream|
At the end of our meal we were fully satisfied but we had to try the Espresso Chocolate Torte with their homemade vanilla ice cream. We were glad we did. Our taste buds were not wanting more at the end of this evening. We will definitely return to Fraser Café in the near future. Their Table 40 venue is next door and hosts Monday night communal dining events and private parties throughout the year.
Verdict: Delicious, friendly, local.
Hours: Monday dinners at Table 40 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Brunch: Saturday to Sunday 10:00am - 2:00pm
Lunch: Tuesday to Friday 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday to Sunday 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Fraser Café, 7 Springfield Rd., Ottawa, ON