Play Food and Wine
Play Food and Wine
Play Food and Wine
Play Food and Wine
Play Food and Wine
Play Food and Wine
Dessert at Play Food and Wine
Dessert at Play Food and Wine
Play Food and Wine
Play Food and Wine
Play Food and Wine
Play Food and Wine
Play Food and Wine
Play Food and Wine
Play Food and Wine
Foods from Play Food and Wine

2013 Jun 13
ah.. Then the waitress at Play told me incorrect information that their bread was made in-house at Gezellig. Had Nat's bread company always supplied all Beckta's restaurants?

2013 Jun 13
It’s actually Natali Harea of Nat’s Bread Company ( that makes the bread that is served at all three Beckta restaurants (Beckta, Play and Gezellig).

Just wanted to make sure the praise went to the right person – the bread is indeed amazing!

You can buy the bread for at-home consumption at the McKeen Metro in the Glebe as well as Ottawa Bagel Shop on Wellington.

2013 Jun 13
Gezellig now bake the sourdough bread for all 3 Beckta restaurants.

Scallop is one of my favourites there..

2013 Jun 12
I had lunch at Play yesterday.
I ordered scallop and cava, and porkbelly.
Scallop was amazing. Seard and browned, mediun rare inside...very moist and soft. Sauce, veg, mushroom and my cava,everything went so well with scallop. I loved this dish so much, I was so glad I was eating alone,because I didn't want to talk to anyone, I wanted to pay 100% attention to my was that amazing.

Porkbelly was also great, I wished I could eat it with red wine, but I didn't want to drink too much for lunch. Porkbelly was served with baked beans and walnuts. Very tasty.Food was served hot. Steam came out when I cut the pork. It was very nice.
I enjoyed my solitude with wonderful food.
My server was very friendly.
Coffee was okay, not my taste, but it completed my meal.

I saw three male chefs in the kitchen. You guys are great. Thank you so much.

I will bring my son next time!

2013 Apr 29
Another yummy meal at Play over the weekend. Went for lunch.

Some new items on the menu since the last time I visited and both got thumbs up from the BF.

Myself I had the tartare and gnocchi (yes again). Both were quite good, but a tad too many capers in the tartate this time. They overpowered it.

The gnocchi was so good. So rich, but so yummy.

Tried a wonderful Gewurztraminer and a nice red (name escapes me).

Service was wonderful :)

2013 Mar 18
Date of Visit: March 11, 2013

I was tempted to visit this place on a couple of past trips to Ottawa and finally got around to it on my most recent excursion to the capital. I really wasn’t sure if I was going to like it or not, having perused their website a few times, but I actually had a very nice time and enjoyed a really pleasant meal…

The Dishes
Little Neck Clams with Linguine... Rating: 5 out of 5.
Pork Belly with Kimchi and Sweet Potato ... Rating: 4 out of 5.

Play Food and Wine is a delightful little place and well worth a visit. The prices are very reasonable for the quality of the food and I would happily return. Taking into consideration the excellent service and ambience, I gave it a 5 out of 5.

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2013 Mar 17
Totally and utterly blown away by lunch here last Friday. Braised cabbage and brown butter gnocchi were our first courses, both flavourful and succulent. I had the halibut, a good portion and delicious accompaniments, for $10! Husband had the tempura boar sausage which, though it sounds crazy, was delicious! The wine list is extensive and the service was the best of our whole trip. I love this restaurant and wish we had something like it in Toronto!

2013 Jan 28
Visited Play again with a friend and had another wonderful meal!

Dishes sampled:

Gnocchi with brown butter - divine!

Beef tartare - could eat only that!

Scallops - wonderful as always!

Little neck clams - very tasty, but sadly couldn't beat the tartate and gnocchi.

Pretzel - this was the only item we weren't sure about. It was something new. The sauce was extremely tasty, but I wasn't thrilled about the pretzel - it struck us as a dessert item, except for the sauce. I think I would enjoy the sauce with something else other than the pretzel.

Service convivial, fun and helpful.

I've never left dissapointed!

I also did not know about the top level until now. I will now be considering Play for larger groups. Note that I find the upstairs more appealing in atmosphere (this is in response to a review below about a cafeteria feeling). While I have had similar feelings, the warmth of the staff and food overtook any of that.

2012 Nov 21
Dear Bordeaux JoJo: Thanks so much for dining with us at Play again (especially as you were hoping for gezellig on Monday...sorry that we were closed). Thanks also for the great review and really kind words. Your support means so much to us. I'm really excited you thought Play was even better than you remember and you felt our standards have not slipped even though gezellig is now open and taking some of our attention. I'm so proud of the team at Play and the high standards that they practice and I'm thrilled that it translated during your dinner. We look forward to welcoming you back to Play (or gezellig or Beckta for that matter) when time and circumstance permit. Thanks again for all of the support.



2012 Nov 20
I have written about several past visits to Play, so it's no secret that I love this restaurant. I tried to get into Gezellig last night but it was closed for some sort of maintenance work, so decided to head back to Play. I was curious as to whether the opening of the third Stephen Beckta restaurant had adversely affected the established spots. I know that some personnel were moved to the new location. As well, it seems to me that making the new restaurant a success would be a priority, so I wondered whether Play would show signs of neglect.

Well, it doesn't. The service was once again outstanding - friendly without being overbearing, knowledgeable without being pompous. The food was wonderful. We enjoyed the charcuterie sharing plate with four lovely savory offerings together with creative condiments like drunken cranberries with rosemary, and caper berry and raisin compote. Delicious! We then had the hangar steak and the beef tartare, both of which we order often. The hangar steak was prepared perfectly, and the accompanying fries were a delicious, crispy guilty pleasure. The beef tartare was beautifully seasoned.

We stopped there - I think that one of the benefits of small plates dining is that you don't have giant mounds of food placed in front of you all at once, so it's easier to stop when you are satisfied.

This was another very successful evening at Play. If anyone was curious about the fate of the established Beckta restaurants, I can happily report that Play continues to deliver on the promise of terrific food and wonderful service.

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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 ;)