Social Restaurant + Lounge, Ottawa

Social Restaurant + Lounge, Ottawa

I'm torn on how I feel about Social. The best way to put it, in my mind, is that this place has a minor identity crisis. On the one end, it has a very chic and upscale feel where this is the place to be seen, but because Social is also a lounge/night club, you also have a very young University crowd coming here, taking away from the upscale feeling. Regardless of what vibe/crowd Social attracts, it is a very big place and there is plenty of room for all. However, in saying that, if I'm going to pay at upscale prices, I would prefer to be dining at a place that is upscale all the time, not just sometimes.

We recently came here for my good friend P's bday dinner and she chose this place for 2 reasons. One: for the patio, and two: she wanted a place where it would be busy enough for people watching. We decided to order a bunch of small/share plates so we could nibble, chat and enjoy the scenery.

We started with a beet salad that had an assortment of different beets: golden, purple and candy cane. The salad was complemented with ricotta, cocoa nibs, hazelnuts, and lettuce. I love beets so this salad was great for me.

Beet Salad
Beet Salad

If this gnocchi dish was on the permanent menu, I would come more often. This dish was a plate of pillowy soft hand rolled gnocchi with massive BC spot prawns served in a white wine butter sauce. What I loved about this dish was how light it tasted. Being able to make a pasta dish with butter sauce taste light is talent for sure.

Gnocchi with Prawns
Hand Rolled Gnocchi with BC Spot Prawns

The three of us also shared the Social plate, which was a combination of appetizers from the menu + a Chef's addition. The night we went, we had fried calamari with Asian dipping sauce, Le Coprin mushrooms on crostini served with reggiano and truffled veal juice, seared BC albacore tuna with citrus soy, wasabi mayo and avocado, and the Chef's addition was his take on ham and eggs: crostini served with prosciutto and soft poached egg.

Social Platter
The Social Plate

For dessert, we opted for both salty and sweet. Our first dessert was a cheese platter with grapes, candied walnuts and cranberry bread. The cheese was good but I found the walnuts and bread a little old tasting.

Cheese Platter
Cheese Platter

Our sweet dessert was a fancy banana split. It was a sliced banana coated with sugar served with chocolate ice cream, vanilla, rhubarb, and broken waffle pieces.

Banana Split
Banana Split

Social Restaurant + Lounge
537 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Telephone: 613-789-7355

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The Village Cafe, Ottawa

The Village Cafe, Ottawa

Nothing can compare to a close sisterly bond. I love my sis Freebs and get excited everytime we get to see each other. I hadn't seen her in a while so when she called to see if I wanted to meet up for lunch, I said yes! without any hesitation.

I also invited CK and the three of us spent the afternoon laughing and being silly. What I love most is this common understanding Freebs and I have because we grew up together. I never have to explain anything. Freebs just gets it.

For lunch, the three of us met at The Village Cafe. What I like about this place is that its easy and casual. It's in the trendy Westboro neighborhood and its a friendly, no fuss restaurant.

CK and I split the Mediterranean plate, which was plenty for the 2 of us. It had grilled vegetables, marinated eggplant, olives, tzatziki, hummus, grilled pita wedges, spanikopita and rice stuffed grape leaves. This is one of the best Mediterranean plates I have had in Ottawa. What I loved was that their veggies were freshly grilled and not marinated. Their pita was soft like Turkish pide bread which I love. This is my new go-to dish at this place.

Mediterranean Platter
Mediterranean Plate
Freebs ordered the roast beef & swiss sandwich served on multi grain bread. This was a fresh and hearty sandwich filled with a generous amount of roast beef, cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, roasted red peppers, swiss cheese and rosemary mayonnaise. I have tried a few other sandwiches at Village Cafe and this is my favorite so far.

All sandwiches are served with a side salad with a choice between multi grain bread, sour dough, foccacia, grilled pita, or a grilled tortilla wrap.
Roast Beef Sandwich
Roast Beef and Swiss Sandwich
295 Richmond Road
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Telephone: 613-728-2162

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