It's exciting when an awesome new place that you know will stay pops up in Ottawa. I last felt it when Back Lane Cafe opened and I'm feeling it again with Supply and Demand, a funky little food and raw bar on Wellington Street West in Westboro, Ottawa.
The couple behind Supply and Demand are Chef Steve Wall and his wife, Jennifer. Twenty-eight-year-old Steve Wall has been with some of Ottawa's most notable restaurants, including Town, Whalesbone and Luxe.
Decked out in black and white, this place is anything but plain. Maybe I've been watching too much Boardwalk Empire, but Supply and Demand reminds me of a 1920's speakeasy funked up in contemporary style. The sea horse wall paper and tiled floors are totally awesome! The brains behind the design is the talented Shannon Smithers-Gay of One80 Design.
And the food...I don't even know where to start with the food, except to say that it all pretty much rocks! There wasn't anything that we ordered that I didn't love.
You can't go wrong with anything on the raw menu as it was a big part of their original vision for the restaurant. While the menu changes often, the highlights on the night we were there were the short rib carpaccio, the sea scallop ceviche, kale salad and ricotta gnudi. The ricotta gnudi was melt in your mouth good and the raw dishes were fresh with nice clean flavors.
This is now one of my new favorite places to eat in Ottawa.
Kale Salad with Caper Vinaigrette, Manchego Cheese and Bacon
Ricotta Gnudi with Basil Pesto
Raw Sea Scallop with Grapefruit, Scallions and Birds Eye Chili
Short Rib Carpaccio with Pickled Pepper Mayo, Preserved Romano Cheese and Mache
New Crop Potatoes with Soft Boiled Egg, Dijon, Lemon and Herring Caviar
Brown Butter Poached Mackerel with Pickled Shrimp Panzanella and Marinated Vegetables
Pavlova Sandwich with Dulce de Leche, Roasted White Chocolate and Banana
Supply and Demand
1335 Wellington West
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada