Murray Street Kitchen, Ottawa
Simply named Murray Street Kitchen by owners Paddy Whalen and Steve Mitton, the restaurant was chosen by enRoute magazine as one of the top ten across Canada for 2009. For many, it still holds that ranking. The summer patio is packed at noon.
Food critic Anne DesBrisay calls it “manly” and continues, “The soul of this restaurant is meat. In addition to the menu of wild game terrines and craft salamis, soft moulded head cheese, and some of the finest specimens of Upper and Lower Canadian cheeses, the balance of the menu remains chiefly carnivorous.” We agree!
They source their meats locally and one of Canada’s top fishmongers, Whalesbone, supplies Oceanwise certified halibut and snow crab. In season you can feast on a paper bag of crispy Lake Erie smelts with salt cod mayo. Or if you’re feeling carnivorous, there’s smoked beef heart ‘Tartare’, gherkins, parsley, local sheep’s milk ‘pecorino’, sunchoke chips, mustard- bone marrow vinaigrette. It’s a brilliant dish. However, there’s always at least one creative vegetarian dish…usually a “Veg Herders Pie” which is a nicely spiced combination of finely minced mushrooms, quinoa and lentils.
Murray Street is one of about 250 restaurants that celebrate Food Day across Canada. Contact them at the number below to reserve a table.
Murray Street est l’un des 250 restaurants à travers tout le Canada qui participent au Journée des terroirs.