This past Family Day Long Weekend I coordinated a visit to our Nationals Capital with Ottawa Tourism. I arrived with my father just in time to showcase The Winterlude Festival. We had a jam packed culinary itinerary which had us visiting five of the cities top restaurants. When we weren’t oooing and ahhhing at fantastical ice sculptures or strolling through the National Gallery we were either snapping pictures of our food, napping with bloated stomachs or talking about our next meal. Food was the focus, as it should be.
We stopped in at Play Food and Wine for lunch after our stroll through the ByWard Market. The restaurant is located in a sun filled corner of the neighborhood directly across from the American Embassy. Chef Michael Moffatt has created a menu of small little pleasures perfect for sharing with friends. It really is the ideal spot to grab a light lunch on a weekend with a few glasses of wine.
We enjoyed (* notes my favorites):
White Tollgate by Stratus Vineyards, Niagara
Sauvignon Blanc by Tinpot Hut, New Zealand *
Potato Bisque *
chive, bacon, crispy leeks, cheddar
Pear and Spinach Salad
balsamic, blue cheese, grapes
Bacon Burrata *
grapefruit, hazelnut, truffle, toast
fennel, radicchio, oyster mushroom, olive
Chocolate Pate *
coconut caramel, pecan shortbread