Get Together at Gezellig, Ottawa

Beef Tartare

If you are going to order just one dish from Gezellig, it has got to be the beef tartare. Tender raw beef  tossed with seasoning and served with fried egg, puffed mustard and lemon oil crostada.

Pronounced gah-zell-ig, the word is Dutch for cosy, nice atmosphere, time spent with loved ones or general togetherness. Gezellig is truly just that.

It is the 3rd restaurant child of Stephen Beckta, with the other two being Beckta and Play. Some have described Gezellig's food and atmosphere as something being in between Beckta and Play, but, although the interior is grand looking, I find the food and crowd at Gezellig a lot more casual than the other two restaurants. It has more of a gastropub feel.

Their menu changes often but there are some dishes that remain permanent like the highly regarded beef tartare. If you like peanut butter and chocolate, their butter finger dessert is a must try. The maple pork tamarind sandwich was absolutely delicious and extremely filling. It was packed with a generous amount of pork served with slaw and thick pieces of fresh poppyseed bread.

Tamarind Pork Sandwich
Maple-Tamarind Pork Sandwich with Napa Cabbage, Carrot Slaw, Bartlett Pear, Chilies and Chips

Seafood Soup
Seafood Chowder: Red Curry Coconut Broth, Oyster Plant, Sweet Carrots, Purple Potato and Lime Oil

Beef Tartare
Beef Tartare, Fried Egg, Puffed Mustard and Lemon Oil Crostada

Butter Finger
“Butter Finger”, Peanut Butter, White Milk & Dark Chocolate, Graham Cookie, Chocolate Anglaise

337 Richmond Road
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Telephone: 613-680-9086

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The tartare looks amazing. And the chowder is making me hungry now!