Review: Whalesbone, Ottawa

We've been to this little gem several times, so I thought it was time to write something about it.  I really love it when we find a restaurant that lives up to the hype.

Whalesbone is a small restaurant with big things happening.  The food, the service, the chef, and their pledge to promote and serve sustainable seafood.  Lots of big things in a little package.

Our dinner was, as usual, stellar.  It was a busy Friday night and the staff were like bees pollinating a garden.  We were seated within minutes of our scheduled arrival (I highly recommend reservations here, unless you intend to sit at the bar).

Our first courses were Corn Chowder with bacon, East and West coast clams, corn and topped with a small fish cake.  I had the Walleye Terrine which was a slice of delicious layers of walleye, wrapped in pastry and served with a delicious sauce.

Corn Chowder
Walleye Terrine

Next course was the Pork Belly and Qualicum Bay Scallops served with  apple sauce, split peas, kale, wild mushrooms and an apple cider glaze.  The pork belly was spectacular - I should have taken a bigger bite than was offered!

Pork Belly an Scallops

I had the Marinated Hangar Steak served with chipotle dusted french fries, boudin jus, mayo and a pan roasted tomato.  The steak was cut perfectly to accentuate the tenderness of this cut.  The boudin jus was so meaty and delicious it made me a little dizzy, to be honest.  I offered my companion a couple of bites - I just had to share the goodness.

Hangar Steak

For dessert we shared the Chocolate Caramel Torte with chocolate ganache.  Nice touch of flaked salt on top.  A superb end to a great evening.

Chocolate Caramel Torte
Note:  the lighting was quite low, so apologies for any blurry pics

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