NYE in the capital

The day that everyone swears to lose 10 pounds “this year”, quit smoking “this year”, stop biting their nails “this year” and stay more organized “this year” is right around the corner.

2012 (as well as your personal NYE resolution, whatever that may be) deserves to be rung in with the proper welcome from a well lubricated you, but before you hit a bar for a night of dancing and midnight cheers, you may want to check out one of these 5 restaurants for your last indulgent dinner of 2011.

This list has a little something for everybody, whether you like to keep it simple, or wine and dine until quarter to midnight. . .  Personally, Back Lane Cafe seems to have it all figured out- well priced, creative menu with spot on wine pairings ( and it is one of the newer additions to the Ottawa restaurant scene). Read on to find out which NYE menu gets your tastebuds dancing.

 

Murray Street – Early seating $65, Late seating $75

NYE Menu

Charcuterie

Pate encroute, duck liver mousse, glazed ham, condiments

Beets

Roast beets, Walnut butter, cheese fondue, biscuit croutons

Bones

Roast beef bone marrow & Christophe’s mushroom toast, parsley & caper salad

Bellies

Cider braised, smoked pork belly, baked beans, brown bread and molasses

Beef

24 hr Braised shortribs, spaetzle, braising jus

Fish

Pan-seared haddock, confit of octopus & smoked clam chowder

Duck

Confit leg, braised lentils, patio-grape jelly, walnuts, mustard & kale

Pork

Smoked confit shoulder “Dauphinoise”, trotter broth

Lamb

Shoulder & shank ragout, giant gnocchi, braising jus

Veg

Meatless shepherd’s pie, toasted quinoa, roast garlic, Trio of christophe’s mushrooms,

canola oil whipped potatoes

Smores

Dark chocolate espresso pudding, graham crumbs, toasted in-house marshmallow

Apple Tart

Hall’s apple & pecan butter tart, caramel ice cream, apple cider reduction, bacon

The Wellington Gastropub – $80

NYE Menu 

FIRST

chicken velouté

bacon, peas, carrots, truffle oil

or

sunchoke, butternut & frisee salad

quince preserve, smoked Blue Elizabeth,

walnut streusel, sherry-mustard vinaigrette

SECOND

foie gras torchon

dried apricot jam, spiced pistachios,

pretzel bread

or

sea scallops

celery root & apple puree,

ham hock vinaigrette

THIRD

grouper

shitakes, broccoli, duck broth

or

roasted venison chop

crushed parnsips w/ brown butter,

swiss chard, star anise jus

FOURTH

chocolate & hazelnut semIfreddo

vanilla creme anglaise,

hazelnut shortbread

or

tres leche cake

caramelized pineapple

coconut cream

Fresco’s Italian Bistro – $ ???

NYE Menu 

TO BEGIN

MAPLE ROASTED   BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP

Topped with Romano cheese

FOLLOWED BY

BABY ARUGULA   SALAD

Strawberries / blood oranges / goats cheese / red onion / pine nuts /   champagne vinaigrette

THEN…

LOBSTER STUFFED   AGNOLOTTI

With a buerre blanc truffle oil and fresh chives

OR

VEGETARIAN   AGNOLOTTI

Stuffed with portobello mushroom, sun dried tomato and goats cheese   tossed with herbed tomato, mushrooms and leeks

THE MAIN EVENT

HALIBUT HOT POT

Sustainably caught Halibut fillet served in a tomato-fennel broth /   seasonal vegetables / black olive tapenade crostini with lemon aioli

OR

BEEF TENDERLOIN

Pan seared certified ‘Angus’ beef tenderloin / topped with fois gras   / brandy-mushroom sauce / mashed potatoes / seasonal vegetables

OR

STUFFED CHICKEN   SUPREME

Organically and locally raised at Mariposa Farms / stuffed with   proscuitto, gouda and asparagus / pinot noir reduction / barley risotto /   seasonal vegetables

THE SWEET FINISH

GRAND MARNIER   CREME CARAMEL

Served with fresh berries, fair trade/organic coffee and/or tea

The Back Lane Cafe– Meal $85, Wine extra $45

NYE Menu 

1

Kafta Tartare, Beet Carpaccio and Scallop Ceviche

Grillo, Sicily, Favulo 2010 (5 oz)

2

Vitality Consommé of Beef Oxtail with Shitake Mushroom & Scallions

Or

Lobster Bisque, Vanilla Scented with Butternut Squash, Cardamom & Crème Fraiche

3

Granita Trio: Tomato, Pear & Ginger

Land: Venison Flank Roast, Lamb & Hunter Sausage

Or

Sea: Branzino (Sea Bass), Lobster & Merguez

5

Profiterole with Ice Cream & Warm Chocolate Sauce

Or

Lemon Sponge Cake with Black Berries & White Chocolate Sauce

Midnight Buffet: Artisanal Cheese & Petit fours

Absinthe – $150 with wine pairings

NYE Menu 

AMUSE BOUCHE

K.F.Q

Fried Quail Drums, Waffle (chip) Barbeque Sirop

FIRST COURSE

Trilogy of Trout

House Gravlax, Fish and Chips, Cold Smoked Lox

Chardonnay, Estrada Creek, California, 2010*

Or

Mariposa

Venison Carpaccio with it’s Traditional Garnishes, Black Angus Tartar Onion Rosemary Crisps, Deviled Bob White

Quails Egg

Blauburgunder Pinot Nero, Schreckbichl Colterenzio, Italy, 2010*

SECOND COURSE

Lemon Thyme Sorbet

THIRD COURSE

Duck Two Ways

Seared Magret Ginger Bread Spice Juniper Reduction, Duck Confit Pastilla, Cranberry Chutney Aligot Beignet, Confit

Heirloom Carrot

Tempranillo Crianza, Lar de Barros, Ribero del Guadiana, Spain, 2006*

Or

Wellington

Left Coast Albacore Tuna, Coprin Mushroom Ragout, Beurre Citron

Viognier, Magellan, Languedoc, France, 2010*

FOURTH COURSE

Chocolate

Chocolate Mousse Tart Honey Ganache, Pot de Crème, Bonbon

Warre’s Otima 10 Year Old Tawny Port*

 

 

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About Kate Lalumiere

After studying wine and spending years in the food service industry, Kate is nutshell's designated food and wine aficionado. Her posts take on the foodie-sphere one restaurant at a time, exposing some of the hottest spots to satiate the ol' buds ! Her favourite restaurants usually include: innovative menus, sustainable & local produce and unparalleled hospitality. Although Kate has a keen ear for food buzz in the National Capital, you'll also find her weighing in on fashion, music and anything that peaks her interest! ** Favourite Restaurant (Ottawa) : Supply & Demand • Wine of Choice: Every wine • Favourite Band: The National • Bad Habit: Being a backseat driver• Favourite Song: Wild Horses • Fashion Icon: Olivia Palermo • Favourite Movie: The Sandlot • Favourite TV Series: Gossip Girl (sue me!) • Sport: Football (to watch and play) • Team: Arizona Cardinals • Blackberry or Iphone: Iphone • Favourite Book: The Sun Also Rises, The Cat's Table, The Bell Jar, On the Road... • ** To ask Kate a question about food, wine or anything else contact her at : inanutshellca@gmail.com

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