For my birthday on Saturday we went to the Savoy Brasserie here in Ottawa to celebrate. I love this restaurant very much, the food is always stellar, the service is very good and I love the atmosphere. So I thought I would review our latest visit to this wonderful place.
My husband Will, our daughter Katie and her boyfriend Chris went with me to celebrate and so the company was terrific to begin with.We were seated by the window so we could do some people watching, which reminds me of our time in Europe and how much fun people watching is while enjoying delicious food. We enjoyed some delicious cocktails while we waited for our food.
I had already checked out the menu on-line to figure out my main dish, but I already had a good idea what I wanted because the type of dish I wanted is one of my favourite ways to eat.
We ordered 40 raw oysters and 20 large prawns to share for starters. Will ordered the moules and frites (mussels with French fries and garlic aioli) in a beer, blue cheese and lardons sauce. He was very nice and shared with me. Katie ordered the vegetable tartar and a risotto. Chris ordered the deconstructed grilled Caesar salad.
I got a chaucutarie which had smoked duck, house made pate and foie gras. It was so amazingly yummy. After all that terrific food we were too full for dessert, but I can tell you from previous experience that the desserts are decadent and delicious.
We all enjoyed our dinner very much, the service was excellent and the atmosphere was delightful, not too noisy that you couldn’t have a great conversation over food. It is an expensive restaurant, but you certainly get what you pay for, the quality of the food is very good as is the service. Certainly a special occasion type of place. But if you go during Westboro (the name of the neighbourhood that the Savoy is in) hour, oysters and prawns are only $1 each from 3:30 til closing every day. So if you are into oysters and prawns and other appetizers, with a beer included, it is a reasonable and delicious meal option.
If you live in the Ottawa area, I definitely recommend that you try this restaurant out. I give it 5 stars!! Cheers, Michele