Play Food and Wine
Play Food and Wine
Play Food and Wine
Play Food and Wine
Play Food and Wine
Play Food and Wine
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2010 Jul 5
The wine and cheese menus change fairly regularly and, in my experience, are both really good. There always seems to be something for everyone.

I should couch this, however, by pointing out that I've never gone for only wine and cheese, which means that I can't comment on how well the two complement one another.

2010 Jul 2
I have been to Play three times now and each time the quality of the wine pairings has been flawless. Keep up the good work and the excellent food.

2010 Jul 2
Hello,

I would like to do a wine and cheese tasting sessions.. I was wondering if anybody had any comments regarding the wine and the cheese menus?

thanks

2010 Jun 14
Hi Mark:

Thanks so much for the review and the great feedback! I'm really happy that you enjoyed most of your dinner. I'm really sorry about the ginger side dish. We definitely owe you a good one on your next visit! Hope to see you soon,

Steve

2010 Jun 13
To clarify, they did come with the tamarind sauce but their sogginess made dipping undesirable. I can imagine the texture would be fun if they were somehow crispy. To achieve that, I'd imagine the pickled ginger would need to be dried on paper towels beforehand. Ah well, it's only a side! :P

2010 Jun 13
Huh! That's too bad that the pickled ginger tempura didn't pan out for you. I wonder if it's a matter of the crispiness? By the sound of it the ones you got were way soggier than the ones we got.

The combination of crisp batter, intense pickled ginger, and nummy tamarind sauce was what made them work for us. I agree that you probably couldn't eat too many if they were both soggy and unsauced.

2010 Jun 13
This photo shows the Mixed Charcuterie Plate that friends of ours enjoyed. You can also make out the Scallops in the background.

For dessert, we really loved the Chocolate Pâté -- nicely balanced chocolateyness with enough garnishes to keep it interesting. The "honeycomb" mentioned on the menu is a nicely made sponge toffee (e.g. inside of a "Crunchie" bar). Highly recommended.

The Hazelnut and Maple Baklava with Gelato was quite disappointing. To me (and my wife) the best part of baklava is the aromatic honey/sugar syrup soaked through the phyllo and nuts. Well, there was no detectable syrup in this baklava! The nuts and phyllo had good flavour but the small scoop of vanilla gelato was insufficient to counter the drying effect of the syrupless baklava. The portions were larger than bite size and our only tool was a spoon, so we had to pick them up with our fingers. No stickiness ensued! Don't order this one unless you have something with which to wash it down.

The other miss for me was the Pickled Ginger Tempura that Momomoto recommended (assuming by "killer" he meant good). Anyway, it was exactly as I expected it to be. Soggy batter and no flavour aside from pickled ginger. I mean, what else could it be -- I was curious and ordered it to find out. If you love eating pickled ginger by the forkful then you will like this dish but why not just eat pickled ginger? The deep frying doesn't do anything for it.

BTW, kudos for keeping the online menu up to date with the ever changing menu. :-) (P.S. check spelling of "prosciutto")

2010 Jun 13
Another enjoyable visit to Play Food and Wine. Service was fun and effective, drinks were nice, and food was pretty good although not as awe-inspiring as we remembered from our previous visit.

Halibut with King Eryngii (pictured) was quite good. The morsel of fish was delightfully seared on top and was mildly seasoned to allow enjoyment of its flesh. The mushrooms were thick and soft and also mildly seasoned to accommodate their mild flavour. Overall the dish was really nice, but very mild! ;-)

Scallops with Avocado and Pickled Onions were delish! Perfectly cooked scallops matched well with the soft tangy-sweet onions. I wasn't nuts about the soft rich avocado with the soft rich scallops but the avocado was easy to ignore. I'd get this one again!

Grilled Hanger Steak was as tasty as we remembered it from last time. The portion seemed just a little tinier and noticeably more dry than before. The flavour was all there, but the succulent moistness was not. Again, very good, but the details may be variable across visits.

2010 May 25
Finally got to visit Play!

We went for lunch a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it.

Our server was fun and attentive, helping us make a choice and joking along with us.

Don't let the "small" deceive you, we were fully satisfied upon leaving, even though some was so good we wanted more!

It seems they have either changed the menu online since I went 2 weeks ago, but in any case there are a couple of the dishes we had.

We had the digby scallops - the avocado that accompanied it was delish!

The grilled hanger steak with mushrooms, fries and aioli was good. A tad salty, but that might be the way they do it, but it was very tender! I wasn't crazy about the fries, but I prefer my fries more julienned.

We also had the carrot salad, which IS amazing. The description on the menu do not do the dish justice. Based on the description, I wasn't really into it, but once I tasted it I sure was.

Our last dish was the chickpea fritters. The chickpea itself lacked some oomph, but the accompanying items were quite tasty (sorry I cannot recall exactly what it was!).

The only thing that caught me off guard was my actual table. The wood slanted so some of my cutlery kept sliding lol.

2010 May 9
What a perfect Mother's Day at Play Food and Wine at 1 York Street in the Byward Market.

Play specializes in small plates and wine matching. For their brunch they offered a special of 2 plates for $20. Considering the quality of the food preparation and also the portions, it felt like very good value.

I really enjoy going to an eating establishment where you never have a hesitation about how great things will taste. And this is one of those places. Everything prepared and served with confidence.

I also think this would be a fun place to go to for a dessert and coffee outing one evening. We unfortunately had no room to taste their sweet fare today.

Full Review with pictures can be found on my blog here: ottawafood.blogspot.com

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2009 Nov 26
Play's sommelier, Grayson, is the nicest guy. He always goes the extra mile to make us feel welcome, and is extremely adept at providing excellent wine suggestions. He's also quite the comedian, which makes the experience that much more enjoyable.


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2014 May 9
I had the mini baked alaska a few weeks back, which apparently was on the menu quite some time ago. Glad they brought it back. It was the best dessert I've had at a restaurant in recent memory. Chocolate base with After 8 gelato and covered in a soft and sticky peppermint meringue.

2011 Oct 18
Their creme brulee is basically their signature dish, though it changes with the seasons. The first two times that I went to Play, it was an earl grey creme brulee, and I scraped the ramekin down each time. I've since tried the lavender one...another one...and a cinnamon creme brulee with poached pears. Each was magnificent.

2011 Oct 15
I had the lavender crème brûlée here a few months ago, and honestly... I still dream about it. I'm not even a huge crème brûlée fan, nor even a lover of lavender, but it was FANTASTIC! The flavours were perfectly paired, the dessert itself was creamy and light. GET IT!!!

2009 Jul 13
My friend's pavlova. I tried some and thought it was excellent!

2009 Jul 13
The cookies I ordered for dessert. They were good, but I prefer crispy-chewy cookies. These were very shortbread-y. As Fresh Foodie always says "my problem, not theirs" :)

From left to right - lemon poppyseed, chocolate chunk, lemon sugar.

I'm a big chocoholic as well so wouldn't have complained if there were more chocolate chunks in the chocolate chunk one ;)



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