After reading all the great reviews here on TA my wife and I booked dinner with another couple to treat them for his birthday.
First off be aware this place is tiny and we were packed in. Not a huge deal, but just so you know. My seat was literally back to back with another chair. We were seated and dropped off water and amazing bread and then told about the menu. We placed our drink order and then waited...over 20 minutes for our drinks and to have our order taken. We ordered our food and then waited for our apps which came out pretty fast but without cutlery and my wife had to request cocktail sauce twice before it was received. Most of the staff were very friendly but seemed very absent minded and we did not really know who was taking care of us as we had at least 3 servers visiting the table (the first of which seem quite scattered and disinterested). I also noted that the plates and glasses were gritty feeling and not so shiny. Not dirty...just not nice to touch.
Ah well...IMO it's the food that matters...I will not speak to our guest's food except to say that they felt it was some of the best seafood they have had in Ottawa. I wish I felt the same
For apps my wife and I shared: clam chowder...it was OK. Not great to start but it grew on me. Not what I grew up on in NS but not at all bad. Mussels in creamy garlic sauce. This was the highlight of the meal. Really tasty (but my wife felt it was too strong of a flavor of bacon..I don't think there is such a thing). Crab Cakes. This was a miss. Not the best I've had by far. An odd combination of too dry on the exterior and just mushy inside. Not pleasant.
For mains, my wife had oysters which were very tiny even for the price (two were nearly nonexistent, not meaty just water on a shell).
I had the Halibut and Chips...I love Fish and Chips and I love Halibut...unfortunately this experience was without flavor and oily (but I will say the fries were actually some of the best I've ever had)
I come from the east coast and perhaps I expect too much or maybe my palate is just tuned to that taste. Again it was not a horrible meal at all, it just could have been so much more. For east coast seafood I'd choose Merivale Fish Market...another fish market/restaurant combo with a flavor that is more familiar to me and a real NS feel
Meal for four with 1/2L of wine tax/tip was $215
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