One of the characteristics that set Food Day Canada chefs aside is how they are open to recommend others in the same city. We were videoing for the Fun De Lentil challenge and several of the chefs insisted that we check out Fauna. And we found a great new FDC restaurant.
“Fauna is about the things we love: eating and drinking with friends and family in a fun space.” It’s very much a collaboration between three talented guys…Chef /Owner Jon Svazas, Chef de Cuisine/ Owner Billy Khoo and Wine Director, Alex McMahon.
Jon has spent the last 10 years working in kitchens all over Ottawa including John Taylor’s dearly-missed Domus Cafe but for the the last two years on “the insane process of opening the restaurant”. Billy was just a kid when he started working in his parents restaurant and has culled Asian cooking techniques from both his heritage and his professional experience. Doug also started young…washing dishes a local Ottawa restaurant before heading to culinary school at Algonquin College then hitting the road to Edinburgh, then to Whistler where he worked at Araxi , before returning home to gezellig.
Suffice it to say that Fauna celebrates local ingredients with lots of creativity thrown in for good measure. Start with their take on the classic Canadian drink, a kimchi Caesar. Barley, another proudly Canadian crop, is the base for their risotto which, in the springtime is a base for fresh peas and asparagus. Their falafels are made with (what else?) prairie-grown lentils and there’s hanger steak, rabbit, steelhead trout and cornish hen, all on the current menu. And for dessert? Amongst other things….Spruce-tip Pannacotta!
Fauna is one of about 250 restaurants that celebrate Food Day across Canada. Contact them at the number below to reserve a table.
Fauna est l’un des 250 restaurants à travers tout le Canada qui participent au Journée des terroirs. Contactez Fauna directement, au numéro ci-dessous, afin de faire votre réservation.
425 Bank St,
Ottawa, ON K2P 1Y7