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Charcuterie at Murray Street Restaurant
Murray Street Restaurant
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Weekend Brunch at Murray Street Restaurant
Weekend Brunch at Murray Street Restaurant
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Spätzle at Murray Street Restaurant
Pulled Pork at Murray Street Restaurant
Charcuterie at Murray Street Restaurant
Mojitos at Murray Street Restaurant
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Weekend Brunch at Murray Street Restaurant
Weekend Brunch at Murray Street Restaurant
Weekend Brunch at Murray Street Restaurant
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Weekend Brunch at Murray Street Restaurant
Weekend Brunch at Murray Street Restaurant
Weekend Brunch at Murray Street Restaurant
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2016 Mar 20
After a Meals on wheels run and a short visit to the Japan Festival at Carleton University, did a quick run to LCBO Rideau for some wine tasting. I was feeling a bit peckish so drove down the road to Murray Street kitchen to try to catch the tail end of their weekend happy hour.

When I arrived at 5:28 I did ask if happy hour was still in effect so quickly ordered a charcuteries platter for $25 and a glass of red while seated at the bar. I was pleased with the Lankaaster aged Gouda and Celtics blue the server recommended and loved the smoked duck breast I really wanted but the terrine and recommended kielbasa were just okay. I found out after the fact that the rilettes was duck that day and I would have ordered that rather than the country terrine if I had know, which the server neglect to tell me.

I liked the service in general but not very impressed with the waiter I first saw who I think was called Sean. After the charcuteries platter arrived, the dinner crowd started coming in and a different server took over at the bar. Sean walked passed me many times when not actually serving customers since the dinner crowd was still pretty thin at 6pm and only asked me once towards the end how everything was. I had to ask the new server behind the bar Paddy? several questions and for more toasted French Bread slices after the bowl was empty for at least 5 minutes.

When I asked to pay, the bill I got was the regular price for the charcuteries at $35 and wine was $7 rather than the happy hour special of $25 and $6 respectively which Paddy? corrected for the Charcuteries when I mentioned it since Sean was elsewhere yet again but not in sight with a customer as far as I can see. I did not argue with the $1 difference on the wine since I was generally happy with the food and wine and service from Paddy. I think Sean preferred to go after dinner customers with a potentially larger bill and tip rather than provide service beyond the very basic for the my small charcuteries and wine.


2014 May 25
Great place! I had a lovely time sitting out on the patio, indulging in a great atmosphere and some amazing food. I ordered #thegunshow, a mix of bib lettuce, PEI mussels, and confit potatoes, and I was sorely tempted to lick the plate. For dessert I had the s'mores, which ended up being an unusual but tasty choice. (The espresso pudding was topped with brownie pieces and strawberry jam — I was a little skeptical, but it turned out great.) The service was great, and the prices were above average but reasonable for the quality they deliver. I'll be there again, and I definitely recommend it.

2014 Apr 3
The quality here is still going strong! I had the Spätzle poutine (of course), a wonderful confit duck leg with smoked-duck lentils and stout-soaked cherries, and a decadent slab of delicious carrot cake.

Home cooking done better than at home!

2013 Jun 16
Pleasant visit on a Thursday evening sometime this past winter. I was alone and stopped in on a whime so I ended up eating at the bar. This was a great experience, however with a bad leg I was in pain by the end of the night.

I needed to try the Poutine. Spaetzle, cheese, duck. Sublime. I would order it again in a heartbeat.

I followed this with P, B & J. This seems to change as mine was mostly beet, white asparagus and goat cheese. Fine, particularly the vinagrette. I would not run back for it.

I also tried Hibiscus Tea as I am a huge fan of all the elements. It complimented my choices but wasn't as sweet as I wanted or expected it to be.

I finished this with a piping hot peach cobbler topped with an eggnog icecream that was divine and the perfect ending to the meal. I would love to get my hands on a pint of that ice cream!

I would most certainly go back once I finish exploring some other great digs in this city but it is on my favs and I am dying to go for brunch some day. I think reservations will be a must though.

2013 Mar 9
Got a tase of my friends "Offal Good" which is a surprise app not revealed until it comes to the table. Elk toung soup/stew. Some pretty tasty toung yummm! Not sure why it took us so long to visit again they sure won't be neglected anynmore.

2013 Mar 9
Fred's pork was amazing. Not sure what cut of pork topped this dish off but it had a wonderful smoke aroma and flavor complimented by a mustard seed that helped with the richness of the dish. To my surprise underneath the slab was pulled pork leg that had been poached in smoked Cochranes milk genius! Everything sat on top of a bed of steel cut oatmeal that soaked up all the juices. Wish I had been warned about the brussels sprouts one of my weaknesses. I could not finish due to the misstep with the poutine.

2013 Mar 9
Murray's take on poutine was delish last evening. Large portion enough for two to enjoy.The rich gravy ample amounts of spatzel was filling not to mention they did not skimp on the curd or duck leg very filling. My mistake was eating a whole one to myself and expecting to finish a large main.

2013 Jan 9
FF: My understanding is that the names on the menu refer to the producer, not the preparation.

So Dan's Beef comes from Dan O'Brien of O'Brien Farms, and Fred's Pork comes from (I think) Fred de Martines of Perth Pork Products.

[Oh cool... Thanks, good to know! - FF]

2013 Jan 6
Murray Street turned out to be exactly what my wife and I had hoped Joe Beef (Montreal) would be: homestyle cooking done to an incredible level of excellence. This is comfort food taken to a whole new level.

I started out with the famous duck leg confit spätzle poutine (see photo) which blew my mind with its flavourful gravy and chewy-tender satisfaction. It was even better than I remember it from the poutine crawl a couple of years ago. I seriously considered ordering another portion of this instead of dessert...

My wife is a lover of all things octopus, so she opted for the puss got your tongue? appetizer, involving confit octopus and thin slices of pickled beef tongue on a bed of chickpeas and tasty garlicky sauces. She was very pleased and she is not one who is easily pleased.

My main was Fred's Pork (see photo), a really generous portion of tender sliced loin chop accompanied by brussels sprouts, small beets, and "fancy scalloped potatoes." :-) Everything was succulent, from the moist pork to the perfectly caramelized brussels sprouts. Each mouthful was a joyful experience.

My wife had Dan's Beef, which involved magically tasty braised brisket. Honestly, she couldn't stop talking about it, even the next day! It was accompanied by roasted fries and braised red cabbage.

The menu had stated that my pork would be accompanied by red cabbage, and it specified no vegetable with the beef dish. Giving me brussels sprouts and beets instead of red cabbage was a welcome change, but be warned if you're picky about your sides you may not get exactly what the menu says.

Dessert involved the S'mores for me: dark chocolate-espresso pudding, homemade graham cookie crumbs, and homemade toasted marshmallow topping (see photo). Every layer was spectacular and the portion was large.

My wife had the Joe Louis -- a chocolate coated, peanut butter filled chocolate cake, garnished with a slab of peanut brittle and a drizzle of chocolate peanut sauce. We ended up sharing our desserts 50/50, which was perfect. Both were excellent.

My only complaint from the entire evening was that my Bourbon Old Fashioned contained at least twice as much sugar as I think it should have had. It was a generous drink to be sure, and everything else about it was good, but the level of sweetness was not in line with every other Old Fashioned I've enjoyed. After only one experience it's hard to say whether this is a recipe problem or just a sporadic heavy handed simple syrup pour, but next time I will stick with one of their excellent draught beer choices. :-)

Our server was knowledgeable about the menu, as demonstrated by her handling of some charcuterie questions from a diner at a neighbouring table. They were out of cretons and the diner asked if they had something else one could "eat with little crispy pieces of bread." The server went into some detail about the relative ingredients and flavours of their paté vs. cretons. Top marks!

Rarely have we been so impressed with every single thing we ate at one restaurant. This is not a pretentious place -- it has a rustic feel about it and as soon as you walk in you know that it's all about the flavour.

To elaborate on my Joe Beef comparison above... My wife and I visited the famous Joe Beef restaurant in Montreal last October. While the food ranged from good to very good, it did not blow us away and we did not think the flavours were deep enough to justify either the price or having to book a 9:30pm Thursday night reservation 6 weeks in advance. Given the name, I wonder if the Fred's Pork I enjoyed so much refers to Frederic Morin of Joe Beef? If so, we surely just ordered the wrong things when we were there. Anyway, Anthony Bourdain needs to visit Murray Street Restaurant and put Ottawa on his map!

2012 Dec 2
EJ M's post shouldn't be getting thumbed down.

Perfectly reasonable and articulated review of an experience they had. Restaurants aren't offering the best service they can if they're limiting your dining time.

I.M.O 2 hours is pretty tight for a full dinner, regardless of whether they were told about the next booking or not.

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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 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)

2010 Apr 25
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My daughter's "Fritztatta" was pretty good. She wanted it without goat cheese, so that probably threw off the flavour ratios, meaning the acidic dried tomatoes overpowered the dish. But the eggs were nicely cooked, with tender layers and a nicely browned top. It wasn't clear from the menu that the hand-cut Spaetzle were actually cooked into the fritatta. She was hoping to have them on the side, but was pleased with the toasted baguette she got instead.

Overall, the food was carefully prepared and nicely presented. The spacious outdoor patio is a great place to be! I admit to being a little disappointed by the blandness of the food, but to be fair my expectations were high.

2010 Apr 25
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Miss:
* My Hash was a bit of a letdown. It was made with "leftovers from last night's special" and served with a poached goose egg. Our server informed us that last night's special was smoked ham hock, so I was quite excited! The dish contained exactly three tiny morsels of tasteless but nicely crisped pork, each one smaller than a grape. The perfectly poached goose egg had no seasoning whatsoever (and there was no salt or pepper on the table). I found the strong taste of the yolk and the tough, translucent white to be a little off-putting. That may be my own problem, but it prevents me from recommending the dish. The potatoes and scallions (or were they leeks?) were nice enough, but the dish as a whole was a big boring bomb. As you can see from the photo it looks nice!

It wasn't very big though -- I ended up requiring half of my daughter's fritatta to fill myself up. :-)

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2010 Apr 25
We were a group of five, here for brunch today. Our experience was hit and miss.

Hit:
* Service was helpful, friendly, accommodating, and overall excellent. Except for only telling my wife that they were out of hot chocolate at the end of the meal (she'd ordered it with the food), but they comp'd my Americano to make up for the oversight.
* My Americano was excellent!
* The complimentary raspberry streusel muffin and cinnamon sugar fritters were truly awesome.
* The Sausage (with a cheesy fruit bread french toast, garlic maple syrup, and a poached egg) was enjoyed by both my wife and my son (he ate his entire dish!). You can sort of make it out in this photo.
* My bro-in-law enjoyed his Charcuterie Sandwich, which was served on great-looking bread, with some nice greens and a fried egg.

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2010 Feb 21
New favourite! A selection of plates available for a flat $12. I had the "Sausage" - description from their menu is - Grilled in-house sausage, garlic maple syrup, true loaf apple bread & cheddar French toast, poached egg.

Just about the best brunch I've had in Ottawa. Service was awesome too. Will have to try Murray St for lunch or dinner one of these days.

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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.