Hi Foodie Utopians! I am happy to present to you the very first post into my special sequel in Ottawa. Ottawa has been a pleasant city upon my first visit, but recently I have been able to land a summer internship in the federal government. This allows me to be a policy analyst during the day, and a really eager foodie in between!
Today’s post is all about North&Navy, a Northern Italian kitchen that has situated itself on Nepean Street in Ottawa. It is a nicely situated house that has transformed into a great dining experience for many. North&Navy aims to serve a more fancy dining experience for those who are looking for a quality restaurant to take a date out, or gather for a special occasion.
The cutlery at the restaurant gave a rustic feel, which was giving off a vintage, boutique-type setting for my dining experience there. The menu selection is quite small (only the selection that can be found on a small card given to you), however it definitely showcases only the best of items. For my selections that evening, I decided to have a small sample of all the pastas (or primi options) that they served at North&Navy.
Prior to the main course sampling, I was given some light champagne, as well as bread and butter. It was a great prelude to the main course, as the champagne was very light, bubbly and fruity which is how I liked it. The bread was also served fresh, but what was interesting was the butter which was dosed with some anchovy oil, giving it a light, salty taste. I really enjoyed this pre-course snack.
Soon enough, a whole assortment of pastas were served to my table, and I must say that I was in awe at the beauty of each dish. Each one held its own unique characteristics and tastes.
There was Spaghettini alla Chitarra Carbonara which was lightly coated with some mozzarella cheese and had some bacon bits in order to add taste. You could tell that all the pasta noodles served that night was hand made – there was absolutely no way that the noodles could be found at your local Loblaws! The tastes that were incorporated into this dish were very delicate, however I thought that the bacon bits made the dish too salty for me. It was still a very beautifully presented dish.
Then you have the Amber Wheat Farfalle with Roasted Grapes & Cream which was a more sweet pasta. This pasta almost felt like dessert because of the grapes’ flavour coming out into the cream and mixed into the Farfelle. There were some nuts that were incorporated with the dish as well, adding a little crunch to the meal.
I also sampled the Bigoli in Salsa which were a thicker noodle that appeared to be fried into caramelized onions and garnished simply with greens. The Bigoli was a bit too thick for me for a pasta dish, and I think I would have personally enjoyed it more if it were thinner. I also felt that the Bigoli was too chewy for my liking, and I personally liked the other selections that I had to sample more
My favourite dish of the night has got to be the Caramelized Onion & Apple Anolini. It was such a simple dish, but because it was a simple dish, it takes a true chef to know how to make it exquisitely. The andolini was prepared and stuffed with caramelized onions which simply melted in your mouth, and when you take a bite of the apple slices that were also on the dish, the perfect balance of flavours appear. It was no less than a spectacular dish and I would highly recommend ordering this dish if you decide to go to North&Navy.
For more information on North&Navy and their fine establishment, have a gander at their website: https://northandnavy.com/
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