Thursday Best Bites - Pelican Grill, Ottawa

What:  Seared Scallops and Pork Belly

WherePelican Fishery & Grill, 1500 Bank Street, Ottawa, Ontario

Comments:  First time here, to eat dinner.  I have visited in the past to score some delicious cold smoked salmon.  We got there ahead of our reservation, and were promptly seated.  It's a small space, so if you reserve, do them the courtesy of showing up on time.  I believe they give you a 10 minute window before they give your table away (if you are a no-call, no-show).

I started with the lobster bisque.  (Not quite as rich as I like, but that's a personal preference.)  The lobster morsels were tender, sweet and very delicious.  The broth had a nice delicate and velvety texture.  My husband had the coconut crusted shrimp with 5-spice dipping sauce.  He said they were amazingly crunchy, cooked perfectly and he loved the dipping sauce.

Bowl of Lobster Bisque
Coconut Shrimp

For the main we both had the pan seared scallops with pork belly served over wilted cabbage, slivered apples and peppers with tiny diced potatoes - this was the star of the evening.  The scallops were perfectly seared and the pork belly was perfect as an accompaniment.  The cider-thyme jus was a nice tart foil for the richness of the pork belly.  My only complaint?  I could eat two plates of those things!

Pan Seared Scallops Sea Scallops
Great food, warm ambiance and good friendly service.

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