So I was reading Ottawa's foremost food and restaurant blog, FoodiePrints when I noticed they linked to a food blog called Aplace. Thinking it was just too weird, I clicked through. Lo and behold, I found myself on my own blog (albeit on the food and drink label).
I thought that I should take advantage of this newfound notoriety and actually blog about food for the first time in 4 years and def for the first time since I came back from Washington. I choose to blog about the Albion Rooms, a restaurant inside the Ottawa Novotel. While hotel restaurant cuisine can be very traumatizing, that wasn’t the case with Albion Rooms. Instead, the food was well-prepared and flavoured and made me want to return to try out more of their menu.
We kind of made a mistake in going there at 11:00 on a holiday Monday because it is not a brunch place. That said, our lunch dishes (fish and chips for me, ceviche and cauliflower) were very tasty. My fish and chips was the good kind of greasy, ( not the ugh, I can’t eat more than one bite ki d). The fries were lovely too, crispy on the outside, and soft on the inside. I didn’t have Jeanette’s cauliflower but she loved it and the portion was generous. I had a taste of the ceviche and it was light, but bracing, if that makes sense. The presentation was beautiful as well.
I also loved the drink I ordered, the Marcus Brutus. It’s basically an amped up Caesar. So flavourful, not skimping on the alcohol and the garnish was three different kinds of charcuterie. Yum! Apparently, cheese and charcuterie is their specialty so I will have to go back and try some. The ambiance and décor seemed great. We went on a rainy morning, so we didn’t get the full vibe. I walked by there late on a Friday once, and it seemed happening and very un-Ottawa-esque. That’s a compliment, sadly. Anyway, I liked the Albion rooms.