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Located at 634 Somerset St W, ZenKitchen is a full-service gourmet vegan restaurant. They also offer cooking classes for small groups, as well as wine pairing and wine-maker events.

They use all-natural ingredients, with no genetically engineered foods, preservatives and chemical additives, and the freshest of ingredients that are as organic and locally sourced as possible.

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2012 Sep 19
We had an anniversary dinner at Zen Kitchen

Our dessert was beautifully plated!
Caramel Bourbon pecan pie and Marbled cheesecake (of course it's vegan)

2012 Jun 3
We tried the four course tasting menu here for the first time tonight - $55, walked away totally satisfied. This remains to be one of my favourite restaurants in Ottawa, what a success to watch them grow from their opening days. The chef came out to explain the courses, servers were friendly, loved to hear our feedback and were quite accommodating with any of our requests. One of the highlights of the meal was the roasted veg with cashew based creamy alfredo sauce on pasta with eggplant parmigiana - amazing roasted garlic flavour! Also, love the fact that they incorporate fermented/pickled garnish (the mushrooms were great) with almost every dish, the sourness offsets many of the dishes nicely - a welcome addition. I really enjoyed the potato/veggie pancake, similar to pae jeon. served with shaved radish, pickled turnip, hoisin and what appeared to be kale.

I still highly recommend checking them out!

2012 Apr 25
ilikerealfood, you might be interested to read this thread: Forum - The Restaurant Adventures of Caroline and Dave :-)

2012 Apr 25
Small correction!

One of the reasons Ottawafoodies is the "most comprehensive and accurate restaurant listing and food review site" is because of collaboration!

It was brought to my attention by a fellow foodie (Pasta Lover) that the head chef of Zen Kitchen is a lady named Caroline Ishii, and not the gentleman that delivered the hors doerve to our table. It is likely that the fellow I was referring to was Dave Loan (apparently the Sommelier).

Never-the-less, nothing changes about my review or opinion of this place.

Kudos to Zen Kitchen, and thanks for the heads up Pasta Lover.


2012 Apr 25
I had a phenomenal experience at Zen Kitchen last night. I was dining with a friend who has a gluten allergy; so naturally, Zen Kitchen was the perfect venue. But hold your horses; this isn’t some fringe, hippy establishment (like say, La Belle Verte or The Green Door); in my opinion, Zen Kitchen can stand up to any fine restaurant in the city. Surely I would much rather pay a premium for steak or duck then for seitan, but I assure you, the chef at this restaurant knows what he is doing.

After being asked if there were any allergies at the table, our server (who was friendly, funny, and just cool) brought us a plate of dehydrated flax seed crackers with a beautiful sauce which was made of blended apples, radishes and a bunch of spices. I have had similar crackers at La Belle Verte. The crackers are meh, and trust me I would much rather have eaten bread, but the sauce they included was very interesting and dare I say completely and utterly original.

2012 Apr 25
After placing our orders for our main courses, the chef personally came out to bring us a little appetizer/nibbler thing. It was totally unexpected and very much appreciated. (It’s the little things like this which float my boat at a restaurant). The app consisted of two small pieces of fried or crisped pita/philo, topped with a wild mushroom, mango and cilantro mixture which were served with a decedent dollop of what the chef described as “cashew cream”. I could eat a whole plate of these delicious morsels.

sorry for the blurry picture

For the main dish I ordered the sope and my lady friend ordered the risotto. I can not think of anything critical to say about these meals. Period.

2012 Apr 25
The Sopa was a thick corn(according to wiki is: a circle of fried masa of ground maize soaked in lime) patty topped with feux cheese, micro greens, black beans, incredible wild mushrooms, really fresh and tasty zucchini, a whole roasted green onion and served with an orgasmic guacamole, perfect pico de gallo, Mexican rice (made with basmati – yes!!!!), and a fabulous jalapeño relish. Food COMA!

Wow, I have finally had good “Mexican” food in Ottawa – which in my opinion is virtually impossible to find here (Ahora being the closest, but still a long shot). It was an amazing sope, albeit, probably a little more haute cuisine then you would find in a taco stand in say Culiacán Mexico or El Paso Texas, but Mexicalli(Feleena’s), Ahora, Pancho Villa, etc etc. don’t even come close to emulating this kind of real Mexican flavor. Hah, and judging by prices, a full Mexican meal at Feleena’s is something like 16.99+, while my sope at Zen kitchen came in at 22 flat. It’s quite frankly a no brainer.

2012 Apr 25
The risotto was equally fabulous. Unfortunately the current menu is not online, and thus I don’t remember all the constituents of this lovely, perfectly executed risotto. Let me just put it this way, it was an amalgam of amazing wild mushrooms, rice and the freshest tastiest veggies you can imagine, all served at the perfect consistency. The risotto was rich and soft, but not mushy, while the veggies were crisp and delicious. Kudos to the chef! Also 22 big ones and worth every penny.

We spent the entire evening at Zen Kitchen. Arriving at about 5:30 and leaving at about 8:30. The service was exemplary, the personal touch from the chef was much appreciated and the food is definitely in the top tier of Ottawa’s food scene.

HIGHLY RECCOMENDED!

2012 Apr 14
The gluten-free Sundae with Brownie chunks, chocolate sauce, vanilla ice cream, house whipped cream ($6).

Dessert left me speechless. Using coconut cream to substitute for dairy whipped cream (with the stabilizing agent of guar gum) is at once tasty and pleasing to both the mouth and the eye. The brownie was delicious and gooey. We also tried the Chef's Dessert Sampler ($12) that included Peanut Butter Pie, Chocolate Beer Cake made with local Broadhead Beer served with an orange coulee, and Carrot Zucchini Cake with creamy citrus frosting and raspberry coulee.

All were terrific, can't believe there's no dairy! The carrot zucchini cake was moist & spicy, not enough people use allspice in my opinion, so I was delighted to find it's flavour here. I left inspired to try a few do Chef Caroline's ideas at home!

Abridged from my blog www.foodgypsy.ca where you'll find the whole story and more snazzy pics from a very inventive menu.

2012 Apr 3
My husband and I went to Zen Kitchen on Sunday for lunch around 1pm. We started with an afternoon drink - a mimosa for myself and he had Broadhead amber. The mimosa was delicious, with freshly squeezed juice. I could have had another (or two) of these. Really fresh and light tasting.

The lunch/brunch menu on the weekends is a short list of sweet and savoury options. He had the Sopé and for the most part enjoyed it. He hadn't had scrambled tofu before and didn't love it, but liked the corn and extras on the side. I had the reuben sandwich with poutine. I have never had a real reuben, so I'm sure this can't be compared, but it was a great sandwich. It had homemade sauerkraut, tempeh, mustard and house made thousand island dressing. It was a normal size sandwiched - so I wasn't too full. The poutine was vegan gravy and cheese. The fries were excellent, but the poutine topping got to be too much part way through. Next time I would just have fries on their own.

I enjoyed my meal and continue to enjoy this restaurant. It is priced out of my range, so I can't go very often and I also have a hard time convincing no vegetarians to spend that much money on a meal.

After lunch we stopped at the dumpling shoppe next door and picked up chinese dumplings for another meal.

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2012 Aug 11
An extensive brunch menu (maybe 10+ options?) and by rights they are probably all delicious!

I opted for the Reuben sandwich, which involved moist dark rye with a lightly toasted exterior, meaty tempeh, and a wonderfully sauced cabbagy filling. Tasty and satisfying!

The soup of the day was corn chowder so I chose this as my side and was very glad I did! Without a doubt this was the best corn chowder I've ever encountered.

This dish was a reasonable $14. The coffee was a somewhat less reasonable $3, but it was good coffee and it was served with a cute creamer and sugar bin so I hold no grudge. ;-)

It was pretty empty on a Saturday. They are busier on Sunday, when they have live jazz.

Service was wonderful, friendly, and it involved generous refilling of water glasses.



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2012 Aug 29
greetings
The vegan burger at ZenKitchen is delicious. Texture similar to meat, fixings beautiful, on a nice whole wheat bun. Vegan poutine was fab as well. Have eaten here several times for lunch and dinner, always have had a good experience.