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Charcuterie at Murray Street Restaurant
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2008 Aug 30
We dinned with another couple a few days ago and unfortunatley, although the waiter was really nice and helpfull with our food and wine pairings he kept forgeting about us and our orders.
We ordered to charcuterie to start, and the pate and cheese and the three accompanying sides were delicouse! Absolultey amazing, I will go back just to sample more of the platters.
I ordered the poutine as my appetizer to be a little adventurouse (and to spoil myslef) and the flavours were remarkable. Hats off to the chef who said, " Lets make a poutine with Old Quebec Chedder, duck gravy, duck and spaetzle".
We all ordered the Cornish Hens and although me and my partner did not enjoy the two sides at first, they easliy became delicitable after a few bites. The desserts were amazing, the Expresso Pudding and the Lemmon Merengue just hit the spot after a well rounded meal.
ALl four of us will return to this restaurent and theonly complaint we had was the service was a little laking. Like I said, he was really helpful and nice but he kept forgetibng about us and some few items we had requested.

2008 Aug 12
Finally tried Murray Street. Awesome.
Wife had the charcuterie platter and loved it. The rilette terrine was a standout, as was the head cheese. I had the confit, and it was seriously one of the best I have had. I had to keep reminding myself that I was still in Ottawa. It blew away the last confit at L'Express in Montreal. Paired with the Lailey Cab Franc it was perfect. The sides of beets, fresh green beans and that tasty stuffed onion were just as good. Service was good, attentive but relaxed. All in all very impressed.

2008 Aug 6
so i spoke to a friend of mine today who also went to Murray Street for lunch the same day we were there for dinner.

she said when she walked into the restaurant, it smelled bad. and she said the it smelled _burnt_!!
that's how most of our food smelled like burnt or distasteful -- the vegetarian dish, the lentils and the cauliflower in the mariposa duck.

so it is just not us who tasted the burnt in the food that day on july 25th.

hemm, now i wonder what other patrons experienced that particular day?

should we get a refund?? haha!

i told my friend the second time for us was much better. she would give it a try again.

2008 Aug 5
my husband and i dined here twice within a fortnight.

so the first time around, our total experience can be graded as C-

to start off, we ordered q-cumber cocktail and beau's beer. they were very good. the beer was excellent.

for apptzr, we had the poutine with duck gravy. i am never a fan of poutine (usually is too salty to my taste) and duck either. but i wanted to be adventurous that night. and it turned to be really really good. this was no chip wagon poutine. it was gourmet poutine. no french fries but spaetzle and the most tender duck meat. it was $12.

so we really looked forward to our mains.

after going back and forth, my husband decided on the vegetarian. he was intrigued by the description. meanwhile i wanted to try something beyond chicken or fish. so i decided on the pork (st.canut farm porcelait).

the vegetarian dish was a disappointment. the eryngii mushroom was tasty but dry, the curried quinoa was bland and had bitter taste to it. the worst of all was the wheatberry-- the sauce, more like a broth was too strong in flavour, almost bitter like some sort of chinese herbal medicine. the wheatberry also tasted burnt.

my pork never came. i got mariposa duck instead. it was the server's mistake. but he offered to have it changed. since i wanted to be adventurous, i had the duck.

i was a bit fearful-- i was afraid i might dislike the taste. but it turned out to be good. the duck was so tender, the skin was crispy. the meat just fell off the bone. the lentils and roasted cauliflower were mediocre. they didn't add to the duck at all. i ate them anyways, didn't want to waste them.

our server was very serious looking, not friendly and cold. maybe because we had changed our seats two times upon arrival. the first time was due to cigarette smoke from an adjacent diner and the second time was due to the baby car seat (our 5 month old baby was there too) took up too much space on the bench. finally he sat us down at a table for 4. the server tried to be polite to us at first but i thought he got annoyed with us eventually because we were slow at deciding our order. we were busy chatting with the people at the next table. we just wanted to relax. he came back a couple times and we weren't ready to order. and i think he had with us at that point. he was nice about changing the duck for the pork but no apology. he should have repeated our order before walking away.

anyway, we weren't sure if we were going back but we loved the patio so much that we were willing to give it a second try. plus many people raved about it and we thought we were just unlucky that evening.

so we will be back with part 2.


2008 Aug 2
Agree with Momomoto that this is a great new restaurant. We went as a group of 4 on a Friday eve at 8 pm. Sat on the patio which is cosy and one of the best patios in the city. They even use the grapes on the vines in the duck recipe:)

We also started with the charcuterie - 4 of us shared 3 cheeses - the Riopelle (soft cheese, great flavor, definitely would repeat), Allegretto (hard cheese, very mild and probably would have been better if eaten without bread), and Back 40 Lanark bluecheese (in honour of the Highland Games on this weekend, wonderful, not overly 'blue' with complex herby flavours I could not identify). Also had 2 meats - the venison-hazelnut terrine was sublime and will always be repeated, and the elk pate met mixed reviews. I found it too rich and pasty but others liked it. Enjoyed all with a reisling from Lailey, in Niagra-on-the-lake, which was gone by the time we finished the appetizer.

The mains selection has already changed slightly from the earlier post. The server, who was very friendly and happy to tell us a bit of the history of the chef, owners and food selections, said the menu can change daily.

I had the Mariposa duck...agree, one of the best confits I have had and so tender you did not even need a knife to eat it. Came with a side of stuffed red onion with wild rice and goat cheese...very creative and could have licked the plate:)Others all enjoyed their choices also.

Portions were a nice size (I think some people might find them too small if going for 'quantity over quality') and we like to have room for dessert. We shared 2 of the 'lemon meringues' between the 4 of us (Frozen lemon bavarian, burnt marshmallow, gingersnap crust)..again divine. The only thing I did not love was the coffee. I think they use a dark roast and we found it a bit too bitter and I had to ask for extra hot milk for my capp to tone it down a bit.

With a second bottle of wine for the main meal - Carneros Pinot Noir from Waterstone,another hit, the bill before tip, was $70 per person....well worth the price. We will be visiting them again many times I am sure.

2008 Jul 16
And, finally, the Porcelait: pork loin with espresso BBQ sauce, crispy smoked confit pork leg, apple jelly, and potato gnocchi "pasta salad".

This is the one that I ordered, and that espresso BBQ sauce is *killer*. I wasn't too taken by the gnocchi, but I think that's a product of it being in a "pasta salad". It wasn't so off-putting that I'd never order it again.

So food for five people, with a charcuterie plate, three small plates, five mains, and drinks aplenty, ended up being about $70 per person after tax and tip. I can hardly wait to go back. I could eat nothing but charcuterie and duck confit and be one happy panda. I can't guarantee everything that I tried is going to be on the menu when you go, though. They're still putting recipes through the paces.

Thus concludes my spamming of the "Buzz" section. Happy trails!

2008 Jul 16
Elk Ranch tourtiere, with Christophe's mushrooms, fiddleheads, and caramelized onion and tomato ketchup.

Homey, earthy, and delicious. Nice ketchup.

2008 Jul 16
Now, on with the mains. We did get an order of that fish and chips, but Monty's picture turned out far better than mine did. Good play on that British tradition. The halibut and tuna pieces were better received than the perch was. It was fun that they weren't kidding when they said "French fried potato" on the menu: it's one big-honkin' slab of starch. Mmmmm.

Instead, feast your eyes on heaven itself: Mariposa duck confit leg, with rhubarb, beet greens, seared breast, baby fennel, and sticky orange. It's terribly unhealthy, but so good. Best confit I've ever had. They make the skin unbelievably crispy, and it makes all the difference.

The orange really came out in this dish, too.


2008 Jul 16
Rhubarb-maple glazed pork belly, savoury French toast, baby fennel, crunchy walnuts.

I learned (and should have suspected) that my parents aren't that big into pork belly. Too fatty for their tastes. Me, I love it.

There's just enough rhubarb-maple on this to keep things interesting without being overpowering.

2008 Jul 16
Beet salad: roast baby red beets, pickeld baby golden beets, fresh herbs, spiced pecans, Brent Halsall's honey and Monforte sheep's yogurt.

God I love beets. Good combination of sweet and tangy.

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2011 May 22
My girlfriend and I had the pleasure of eating at Murry Street kitchen for brunch this morning. There is nothing bad to say what so ever. This restaurant is funky, innovative, reasonable and delicious. The service is fast and friendly and although this is some of the best food in Ottawa, totally unpretentious.

After we had ordered our coffee (which was fantastic by the way), we were brought a salted ginger cookie and blondie. They were both super fresh and delicious. The blondie was particularly amazing. Yum!

2011 May 22
The food came surprisingly quickly. After sitting down, ordering coffee, then ordering our meal, getting the cookies, it took about 20 minutes since walking in the front door before we got our meal. *Impressive* Heck, Denny’s takes longer than that and all they are doing is throwing stuff on a flat grill.

I had the special of the day which was an Elk Keilbassa sandwich with a side of baked beans, and Amanda had waffles, scrambled eggs and sausage.

The Sandwich was very tasty. Beautiful rye bread coated in butter than toasted, topped with a fried egg, Elk Keilbassa (which I thought was more like a salami), grainy mustard, and some kind of green. Excellent sandwich. The beans were phenomenal. Sweet, hot, full of meat chunks and it was very rich. I’ve had some damn good baked beans in the Southern US, but these were pretty much the best baked beans I have ever eaten.

2011 May 22
The waffles, egg and sausage were equally good, however on a much sweeter end of the breakfast spectrum.

The first thing worth mentioning is the syrup. It was a really rich maple syrup infused with garlic and rosemary. Weird, and oh so amazing. It really worked well with the Egg, waffle and sausage. The waffle was generous in size, really fluffy, loaded with butter and there was a very noticeable hint of vanilla. The sausage was obviously pork, but it was so flavorful and it also had large chunks of garlic mixed with the meat. Now that is what I call a proper mince!

As freshfoodie below had mentioned, the price is a dollar more then it used to be, but the portions are a perfect size now. Again you will not leave Murry Street feeling like you ate an All American Gland Slam Breakfast, but you will leave full and satisfied. Sad to think that for a mere few dollars more than Zaks Diner you can have brunch/lunch at Murray

Great Service, Great Coffee, Great Sweets, Fantastic Meal...Fantastic Restaurant.

2010 Sep 9
From twitter.com/MurrayStreetKWC :

"New Brunch menu ...a buck more, but MUCH bigger portions...Track 06 is back , it's deep fried 'spam' hock on egg salad with hot sauce!!"

This should help with concerns about portion size. Looking forward to a revisit!

2010 Jun 19
Made it down to Murray Street with the BF and a couple of friends for brunch this morning, and it was stellar! We got a seat out on their patio which is totally gorgeous - I will have to make it out one evening for some cheese and wine, which also look excellent. We were treated to some sweets before the meal: 2 pieces of stout chocolate cake with ganache, a cheesey biscuit of some sort and a buttermilk (or sour cream?) strawberry scone, all of which were delicious. I got the fritztatta, which was tasty, but probably should have got the smoked fish that my friend ordered, which was halibut with asparagus today - definitely the winner meal. BF had the sausage that came with chai raisin bread french toast, and my other friend had the "track 06" which is different every day, todays was a double smoked ham sandwich of some sort. They have a great selection of local beers as well - I'm not normally a beer at brunch kind of gal, but I've wanted to try the Heritage lager for awhile now so I went for it. All in all, this place lives up to its reputation - can't wait to go back!

2010 Jun 13
This morning after Church I gave in once again and hit up Murry Street for Brunch.

They started me off with some kind of banana bread. It was perfectly moist, it had a ton of brown sugar, walnuts and a nice malt-y flavor.

2010 Jun 13
Today I went for the Steak and Eggs. Which is essentially a piece of smoked beef short rib on top of a fried egg and huge piece toast. The toast was perfectly crispy and topped with blue cheese butter. Amazing.

My only comment is that it is kind of small, and I found that the breakfast cassoulet was many times more filling. The steak albeit small (but what do you expect for 12 bucks), was out of this world. No steak knife necessary, it literally fell apart like butter and thus the butter knife was more that able to cut it up.

I ordered a tea with my meal, and it was a fantastic earl Grey. One word of caution, the coffee is 2.25 + unlimited refills. The tea is 3.50 for one pot. Not really sure the tea is worth 3.50, just some friendly advice.

Otherwise, the service today was excellent, friendly and attentive. The patio was beautiful, and the food was its standard top quality. This dish would be extremely easy to make at home, so I'll be copying this very soon. As for the amazing steak, not sure if I can duplicate the smoked beef short rib, but I'm sure any high quality steak would work.

2 down 5 to go :-)

2010 Jun 6
This morning I had the pleasure of having brunch at Murry Street Kitchen. What an awesome place!

The service was pretty decent - not outstanding in terms of friendliness - however it was prompt and there was nothing to complain about. I was started off with a very good coffee, and a complimentary molasses cookie. The coffee was strong, and the servers refilled my cup when ever they saw fit.

The cookie was pretty good - tasty at least, but it was a tad burnt on the underside. My girlfriend tells me molasses cookies are supposed to be burnt on the bottom?, and it was free, so meh, no complaints.

2010 Jun 6
For the main portion of my brunch I ordered the "Breakfast Cassoulet" which is described in the menu as: Confit of Mariposa duck leg, in-house sausage & bacon, molasses baked beans, bread crumbs, two cracked eggs.

It was served in a piping hot skillet. It was so hot in fact that my first bite burned my tongue a little bit. Over all it was pretty darn delicious, and for the 12$ price tag, I cannot complain. I got my been fix, my bacon fix, and my egg fix in a very interesting fashion.

I have a few comments about the dish. First I thought the beans were a little under done. Meaning that I found them hardish, and not as soft I like my baked beans. Not sure if this was a mistake or if they are intentionally a little bit hard.

The dish was nice and sweet providing a nice counter balance to the confit. At first I didn't notice any bacon, however after a couple of bites I noticed that there were liberal amounts of thick bite sized pieces. I must say, I didn't notice, taste or see any sausage, but maybe it was just a very little bit or finely crumbled.

The eggs were perfect, well done just as a like them. The yolk was still soft yet not runny. Perfect! They were topped with bread crumbs, and a few greens.

I would definitely have this dish again, however only after I had sampled everything else on the menu. That being said, I will definitely come to Murry Street kitchen in the near future for brunch. And to think in that in the past I have wasted money on breakfast at Zac's, Denny's and/or Cora's.

Highly Recommended!

2010 May 1
hmmmm...
hmmmm....
well....
what can I say?

wow!
inspired and inspiring!
bloody fantastic

had the steak and eggs
hard toss up between the cassoulet and the steak and egg

steak...errr....beef....obrien's farms' short rib
braised to a melt in your mouth tenderness

egg...beking farms...no words needed

true loaf bread...first time...awesome

blue cheese butter....perfect

12$ yea! I used the same concept last summer

10$ Chateau de Charmes Gerwurzt...nice pairing but 10$?

service...the Ozzie chap was very informative and well mannered
the blonde companion, always smiling and pleasant
the waitress that greeted us makes me wish she worked everywhere as it is rare to be greeted and seated so efficiently

all in all, two thumbs up
and I rarely give two thumbs up and made it a point to mention it to the Kitchen

now, for a nap
(brutal month with allergies and hectic work for April)

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2016 Mar 19
Came here for happy hour just before 5:30 and had a charcuterie plate of 3 meats and 2 cheeses for $25 and a glass of cab sauv.. The smoke duck breast is excellent and I and easily have 3 of them. Choose instead the country terrine and recommended kielbasa. They were decent but found out after from a different server the rillettes was duck and if I had known I would have ordered this rather than the terrine.

Both the Lankaaster aged Gouda and Celtics blue were excellent as well.

The accompaniments raisins with cumin, pickled onion, pickled carrots, soya infused celery root, grainy mustard, small dill pickles and cranberry sauce. The only one I did not care for is the raisin with cumin since the cumin tasted far too strong.

2010 Sep 25
It's very much worth starting your meal with a sampling of charcuterie! The Smoked Duck Breast was absolutely spectacular, tasting like a very delicate (and pork-free) version of Westphalian Ham. The Cendre de Lune cheese was also delicious, and paired beautifully with the red pepper jelly that accompanied it. The accoutrements were tasty and rounded out the whole experience. Highly recommended!

2010 Jan 20
We just went for our second meal here and we were not disappointed. We shared a 'Charcu-trio' of tongue, head cheese and marrow (the first and last being Elk, I think) and all three were delicious. For a main I had a pork shoulder confit with creamy cheese polenta, roast carrots tossed in maple syrup, pancetta broth and apple jelly. It was so rich and delicious I barely managed to finish all of it. My husband also had a lamb shoulder with smoked feta that was equally good. For dessert we had the 'smores, as well as the dried cherry cheesecake (again, both were perfect).
On top of how good the meal was, our waiter was great. He clearly knew the menu inside and out and was obviously enthusiastic about food, so it was good to get his recommendations on the menu and wine pairings. Overall, it was a great meal and worth every penny.




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2010 Jun 22
awesome Mojito great balance of sweet, sour and mint.




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2010 Sep 25
I had the tongue-in-cheek-named Mac 'n' Cheese, which is described on the menu as "sour cream spaetzle, Le Coprin mushrooms, mixed artisan cheese sauce, extra old Pine River cheddar, bread crumbs."

Tasty and satisfying to say the least! Also rich, but that's rarely a problem for me. I appreciated the accompanying salad, which was prepared with a fresh and light vinaigrette.




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2010 Sep 25
My brother very much enjoyed his Pulled Pork sandwich. The pork was flavourful and tender and the Art-Is-In multigrain baguette was of course excellent.




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2015 Mar 12
Recently we assembled a group of 8 and pre-ordered the pig's head at Murray Street Kitchen. If you do this, be prepared that you will be presented with a blackened pig head complete with snout, teeth etc., and a carving knife and fork. It is no small amount of work for someone who is not a butcher to carve up a pig's head, but it was tremendous fun and we each took a turn. Sample dialogue:
"God the skin is as tough as leather!"
"Hey, it IS leather!"
General consensus was that the cheeks were the tastiest parts, and the condiments served along with the meat were wonderful adjuncts.

The whole experience was tasty and a lot of fun. This is a great thing to do with a group of foodie friends, and I really think that as an appetizer it will serve more than 10 easily.