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2010 Apr 18
We went here for bruc=nch yesterday (sunday) the service was slow, there were 6 of us,but the food was different and very gtasty. The plates were not big and I admit to feeling hungry 1.5 hours later and I am a small female, but the dish I had was yummy. I ate the 'sausage' dish. It had keilbasa, apple bread, garlic maple syrp and goats cheese.
The brunch menu was small though and i didnt really see anything else I would choose if we went back.

2010 Apr 10
Made a second visit for a family birthday Friday evening. I was a bit apprehensive since I had a mean hunger on but a couple of glasses of Beau's cured that problem. I wanted to order the pigs heat with the reservation earlier in the week but others in our party felt a bit squeamish so it was a no go. A bit of tardiness resulted in ordering one appetizer between two of us,pickled beets with nuts fried cheese and assorted greens. Not sure what I was thinking but the pickled beets were not of the shawarma variety but were yellow and very sweet. Should have went with the tried and true duck poutine. For the mains two ordered the smoked pork shoulder wrapped in beef fat and stuffed with goat cheese topped with apple sauce. Not being a big fan of sweet the sauce did work well with the smoke flavour. The other mains were the grass fed beef short ribs and I thought was the lamb but turned out to be the duck. Positive comments on both. A great second visit.

2010 Mar 20
We ordered a smoked pig's head (a week in advance) for St. Patty's day.

The skin on the outside was sweet and crispy and the meat inside was smoked and tender to perfection
It was served with braised cabbage, goose eggs and additional condiments.

It was so good, it brought out the primal carnivores out of everyone who sat at the table to eat the thing! We all took turns carving out the meat and at times cracking through the bones.

By the time we finished this thing, it was just a skull. The meat, brains, eyes, ears, nothing was left! Not for the squeamish!
Definitely recommend it!

2010 Feb 17
Went there for a late lunch yesterday; pretty empty, but it was 2:30, so likely so.
I was split between the fish&chips or the mac&cheese, the server voted for the mac so quickly, it was a good sign from the onset! great service, cozy decor.

[1] mac&cheese w/ salad (14$)
[2] charcuterie sandwich w/ soup (shaved lamb + split pea-ham) (14$)
[3] carrot cake (8$)

mac&cheese for 14$ better be damn good, and it *was*. the ultimate "homey" meal! the cheese is strong, but the sauce + consistency mellows it out a bit. i don't know what texture spaetzle should be, but it's less chewy than the lindenhof version--so pretty much pasta noodle, leaning towards al dente.

i traded halfway for the sandwich; in this case the first bit was a bit bland, but i'm coming off aged cheddar!! lamb wasn't gamey (which i like sometimes), but this was good too. nice crusty bread, good pair with the soup or i would've felt... too light? not light in the stomach or on the tongue but more like on the soul. does that sound frou-frou? i can't describe it then.

if i ate that whole mac by myself i would've been rolling out the door!

carrot cake was really nice, carrot-y, too sweet for my preference but the candied shaved carrots on top was a nice wink.

what's so aching about this restaurant is that the menu is so small, yet it's so menacingly difficult to choose only one!

2010 Feb 6
My partner and I have just come home from a delicious experience at the Murray St restaurant. First off , the staff was wonderful, extremely polite, friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. We started with the charcuterie board - 3 meats and 2 cheeses - elk salami, country terrine (rabbit) and roast pork cicciolo - then 2 local cheeses - one hard (Glengarry Big brother) and the other semi soft (Tomme 9 )- with some in house pickles and olives with a side of sultana chutney, apple jelly and a cranberry orange zest sauce - all complimenting each other wonderfully. This was served with Art-is-in crustini bread ( the fennel/multigrain kind) Sweet and salty.
I had the Mariposa duck (duck leg confit and roast breast) with sour cherries, lentils and my partner enjoyed Kerr's red wine braised Ontario grass fed short rib, hand cut sour cream spaetzle and le coprin mushrooms. Both were tender, melt in your mouth delicious. We ended by sharing the s'mores dessert - homemade bourbon marshmallow topping with some espresso and graham crackers and chocolate pudding. Loved every bite of this meal. Highly recommend Murray St and cannot wait to go back to try the other dishes.
The whole meal was not overwhelming. We didn't walk away feeling like we ate too much or not enough. The portions were just right.

2009 Dec 6
Those of you with several adventurous and hungry friends may be pleased to know that Murray Street will smoke, roast, and serve the whole frigging head of a pig to you.

We had this done for my bachelor party, and it was fantastic. I mean, I've had pig cheek before, but not smoked, roasted pig cheek still on the bone. So moist! So flavourful! So porky!

Ours was served on a bed of choucroute, with just a bit of apple in it to offset the tartness of the sauerkraut. Spot-on accompaniment.

And you feel like a dang rock star when they parade this bad boy out to your table.


2009 Oct 9
My first visit here was a memorable one. Three of us stopped by without a reservation early. It took our server a bit to warm up to us but he did a great job. We started with duck wings. They were really drumetts. All I can say was wow!They had a sweetness to them and were perfectly done nice and crispy. We also had the poutine with goat cheese curds and spatzle different and delicious. My main was the farmers choice. Elk meatball sandwich and a Philly steak sandwith with onion rings on the side with a garlic mayo. This guy can cook. My wife had the BBQ glazed grass-fed Ontario short rib I know why cows were meant to eat grass. The beef is very different than the corn fed I usually eat. Our friend had the fish and chip and she couldn't wait for her next visit to try another mouthwatering main. Desert was a pumpkin pie with the pumpkin coming from Rideau Pines. Now it is so hard to choose since Sweetgrass is right beside it

2009 Aug 9
I just had the absolute best breakfast I have ever had. I've reviewed Murray Street before, I knew it would be great. But I could never have imagined it being this great! The breakfast menu in itself is pretty amazing, and the food does not disappoint. With rare additions like Glengarry Celtic blue cheese, garlic maple syrup, in-house smoked belly and pork brisket, why anyone would go for standard bacon and eggs is beyond me. And although each dish has it's own unique variations, they all still offer that comforting feeling you would get from traditional breakfasts.

They started us off with a sampling trio of tasty breads – banana and chocolate chip, chocolate and walnut and the most amazing bread pudding I've ever had, warm and sweet.

Then came our breakfast. I think mine was the best of all and actually made the rest of the table jealous. If you're having a hard time deciding what to get, go with A Brisket... A Basket, you will fall in love. Smoked, grilled heritage pork brisket, garlic maple syrup, in-house brioche-cheddar french toast and poached Beking's egg. The textures and flavours in this dish are to die for. The rich moistness and fattiness of the pork was heightened by the smoking process and paired with caramelized roasted garlic and french toast bathed in garlic maple syrup made this dish one I will truly never forget. I also ordered a side of their baked beans, which was the perfect accompaniment.

My husband ordered the Steak and Eggs, grilled Kerr's skirt steak (sliced med-rare), in-house steak sauce, baked Beking's farm fresh eggs, Glengarry Celtic blue cheese and toast.

And my friend ordered the Fritztatta, skillet baked eggs, in-house smoked belly and sausage, Pine River extra old cheddar, sun dried tomatoes, spaetzle and toast.

Breakfast is $12 for all meals – amazing deal for the quality and local ingredients. Side choices include Seasonal Fruit, Art-is-in Grilled Bread, In-house Sausage, Baked Beans, Cretons, Murray Street Ketchup or Strawberry Jam and Freshly Baked Pastries all ranging from $2 to $7. They also have delicious fresh squeezed orange juice. A fantastic patio in the back, simple and cozy decor inside and great service make this place a must for Saturday or Sunday brunch. I'll be back for sure!

2009 Jul 29
This is a review I wrote back in September. The dishes have been updated since but my opinion of the restaurant has not – I love it! I was with a group of people from out of town and I could see their mouth watering when I told them about this restaurant, so we went. We started off with the Charcuterie Bar Menu and ordered the Elk Salami, Wild Boar Ham and Smoked Ostrich. From the Terrines we got the Lamb-Cassis and from the Pate the Crêtons and Olive oil marinated spicy Hungarian czabai. On the cheese side, we had the Indiscretion and another that I unfortunately cannot remember the name from the Semi Soft, as well as the Vigaroso from the Hard and St. Benoit Benedictin from the Blue. Every single item was amazing, just like the first time I ate from this menu. But the real reason I wanted to do a second review was because my main was also fantastic. I ordered the St. Canut Farms Pig with creamed corn and home made baked beans. The meat literally fell apart when you touched it and melted in your mouth. The dish was amazing. 2 other people also ordered it and were extremely impressed. I noticed on the website the item is no longer on the menu; however, there is an alternative that sounds equally delicious. My husband had the Mariposa Duck, and yes, I tried some, and yes, it was mouth watering. I didn't try our other guest's Vegetable dish, but it sounded wonderful and she enjoyed it very much. It was a Wheatberry and smoked mushroom fricassee with Spicolli's kale, roast King Eryngii mushrooms and grilled corn, curried quinoa and roast cauliflower savoy cabbage rolls with a coconut curry sauce. We drank a Syrah wine from Lailey Vineyard, a winery in the Niagara region, that was the perfect accompaniment to our meal. Our server, although a bit serious, was very knowledgeable and thorough. Prices for the charcuterie are very reasonable at $25 for 3 meats and 2 cheeses, and the large plates range from $18 to $25. This new experience has brought this restaurant to a four star on my list now. I've never enjoyed meat so much!

2009 Jul 6
Canada Day at Murray Street

Came in around 6pm. things were starting to get really busy. snagged a spot on the patio where a friend of mine recommended we go. Ordered charcuterie plate to start - amazing rillete(sp?) We all tried different mains - Cornish Hen = mine and it was incredible; mouthwatering, i believe it was brined and included a homemade Spaetzel mac and cheese. Friends had skirt steak, poutine and a mad house salad. all good although my friend found her steak a bit chewy and was only given a butter knife to cut it with. Waiter (jeff i believe) was a bit too surfer dude for us but overall really friendly.

amazing price and food compared to others in the same class like Social and Play. I read other reviews saying the portions were small but i could hardly finish mine; satisfied!

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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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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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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.