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2012 Aug 21
Have gone many times in the past and would have to agree that the food was consistently good but the service was consistently terrible.

Went over the weekend because we just wanted some drinks and a few "snacks". We tried the shrimp, lamb, pork, and lobster (on special) tacos as well as the calamari and lamb shoulder. Everything was delicious and the flavours were spot on.

The service this time was noticeably different. There actually was service, it would appear that Sidedoor may be listening to reviews and has changed in that regard. The server explained that "food comes out as ready" very well, always topped up our water and wine glasses, and checked on us about every 15-20 minutes.

Huge improvement over the last visits. If you've been avoiding Sidedoor because of the service issue, I would try it again because maybe that issue has finally been resolved.

2012 Aug 13
Prawn dumplings...were good but couldnt taste the ginger...the prawn itself had really good taste.

2012 Aug 13
Papaya salad, very very good and the Crisp Taro was a nice touch.


2012 Aug 13
Finaly got to visit this place and really liked it. The patio is perfect for a night out with the lady.

Very good selection of cocktails.

We shared the baja fish taco and it was very good, best fish taco so far i had in the city. light battered so you can still taste the fish and the salsa verde was good addition.


2012 Jun 28
I find the reviews on the service interesting. I have been 3 times - the first time with Dishcrawl and the 2nd with friends. All times, the service was great.

I will note however that the last time, another waiter took over our table - I think he had a crush on my friend :)

The first guy we had was kinda strange and service was lacking, but the 2nd was very nice - he was manager though.

The 2nd time I went, the waiter we had was really great, telling us about the food, suggesting drinks etc.

Yes, it is overpriced, but I find most things are in the market.

2012 Jun 13
Was anxious to try Sidedoor well frankly because of Jonathan. Went for lunch today and what a disappointment. My wife and I both had the "lunch box" which consists of the soup of the day, the salad of the day and choice of tacos for $15. The soup was a cream of shitake mushrooms that was simply not appetizing and overly rich. The salad looked more appealing but was overdressed. The tacos were good but my God so small. And they charge $9 for two tacos when ordered alone. Way way overpriced and shameful. Very disappointing sadly for a special occasion. Not recommended for lunch

2012 Jun 7
Before this visit had only tried the lunch menu so we decided to drop in for dinner and were generally quite happy with the experience minus two miniature complaints:

- The service was slightly irritating. Our main waiter had an attitude – ultra cool - which turned me off but they use the model where any server can bring and take away your food so we didn’t interact with him much (a good thing).
- My other criticism is the size of the water glasses – they are tiny and need to be filled often, which wasn’t done.

The food more than made up for these minor annoyances. We had to try some tacos, which they are “famous” for. Both served on nicely warmed tortillas. We opted for:
- Bajan crispy fish – which had a fresh taste but was slightly bland
- Lamb with chili – was more spicy and had a better well rounded taste

The other things we tried were:
- Prawn dumplings – flavourful but a small serving
- Grilled Alberta beef striploin – tender slices of beef on a bed of an interesting mix of mushrooms
- Potatoes fries with a side sauce – a nice sized dish of crispy, skinny fries (avoided yellowy sauce which was an unappetizing yellow colour and was kind of lumpy)
- Cinnamon sugar mini donuts – rivalling some of the best in the city

I definitely liked the tacos the best out of everything we tried. We noticed they have a patio tucked around the back so I would like to return to sit out there – and have plate after plate of tacos.

2012 May 22
we went to side door for lunch last week. ordered 2 different tacos, crispy fish and lamb. we split the green papaya salad and traded a taco each.
the salad was very light, refreshing. i loved the cashews.
the crispy fish taco was my absolute favourite. the skin was crispy, and it had a very tasty, creamy sauce with it. It is easy to overcook fish in tacos but this was cooked perfectly, very moist.
the lamb taco was very good, lots of lamb,but not as good as the fish. I didn't realize it was with a chili sauce.
the room is beautiful and our service was excellent, other than the fact the waiter stressed to us that 1 order of tacos each would not be enough for lunch.
he was right, next time we may split 3 orders of tacos or order the lunchbox which is soup, salad and taco.
we knew it would be an expensive lunch,(for me anyway) but it was not exorbitant.
I had been making cookies all week and after watching top chef Canada was hoping for a doughnut, but those are at dinner.
I may have to order the soup next time as the chefs raved about his rich stock and soup.

2012 Apr 19
Went there last week, with no real expectation as it was a friend's suggestion.

It was a Wednesday at around 7 so it was a bit quiet.

The service was pretty good, though the waiter was distracted by some girls nearby.

The food was absolutely fantastic, the only disappointment was the second round of chicken tacos. Pulled pork ones were excellent, but chicken ones not so much.

Enjoyed great calamari, fried boy choy tips (drenched in butter), tacos, and wonderful halibut cheeks.

Like the concept though I find it's easy to spent a lot of money with small plates.

Will definitely be going back.


2012 Apr 10
Isn't this the resto that Jonathan works at? (dude from top chef)

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The beef tacos are really good.

2014 Feb 28
I agree Camino does tacos better overall, and just marginally larger, but for the price at Happy Hour i have to say Side Door for tacos and
beverages is my go to. They always have 4 or 5 kinds going, running from at least good to outright great. Drink prices at either place are comparable.

Also, as much as i love Camino, you have a way better chance of getting a seat at Sidedoor, and they take reservations. If i can afford to risk an hour wait or arrive at 515 to secure a table, off to Camino i go, but otherwise Sidedoor gets my dollars.

But on topic, both are doing great tacos.

2014 Feb 26
If you're here for a meal then by all means get a pair of tacos as an appetizer. They're really quite good. But if you want excellent tacos, you should go to El Camino where the tacos are tastier, more generously garnished, individually orderable, and fifty cents cheaper. You're welcome. :-)





2014 Apr 12
I was hoping that the ramen here would be good but it's strictly average. I ordered the BBQ pork ramen.

The BBQ pork is truly the best part of the ramen. It's very fatty and flavourful. I savoured each bite of the pork. Unfortunately, the pork's flavour doesn't carry over to the bland broth. I had to add a lot of chili oil to add flavour to the broth. As for the shitake mushrooms, bok choy and poached egg, I didn't feel that they added anything to the ramen. In fact, I was very disappointed with the egg as it wasn't the soft boiled egg that is typically served with ramen. As for the noodles, it was nice that it was made in-house but nothing truly special jumped out about them.

A good ramen should have a good balance between the broth, noodles, and toppings. In this bowl, only the BBQ pork stood out. I might be back for the beef ramen but it'll be last on the list and only because not that many places in Ottawa currently serve ramen.

2014 Feb 26
I've been wanting to try the lunchtime ramen at Sidedoor for a long time, so a day off work to skate on the Rideau Canal with wifey was a perfect opportunity!

We enjoyed it but I think our expectations were maybe too high. This broth is not flavourful the way Hủ Tiếu is (nor does it claim to be--the comparison is mine only).

The fresh housemade noodles are delightfully toothsome and I fully endorse supporting restaurants that make this extra effort!

The rare beef with chili (left pic) was lean and enjoyable, especially after adding more chili oil from the ceramic jar conveniently placed on each table. The BBQ pork (right pic) was the star for me, with its crisp-fatty sticks of deliciousness, yet it was too rich for my wife's taste.

The poached egg was verry soft, meaning the yolk ran out and mixed homogeneously with the broth after poking it. This emphasized the broth's blandness and made us a little bit sad. Apparently (www.meemalee.com), ramen eggs are optimally soft-boiled and then marinated in soy sauce, leaving their yolks moist and jelly-like, definitely not runny.

Generous thin-sliced bok choy, green onions, and shiitake completed the bowl. The veggie content and presentation was excellent.

Definitely worth a lunch visit if you're a soup enthusiast. Just keep your broth expectations in check and focus on the meat and veg.

2013 Apr 30
Aisu: I wasn't saying that the instant stuff is any better or worse. It seems to be the go-to for broth even though a home-made one (dashi/chicken/pork) would be just as easy for some of these places.

2013 Apr 29
HonestTooth: There is nothing wrong with instant dashi, I use at home all the time.
But for the professional cooking, it is good to understand what is dashi. Dashi means stock. Use bonito flakes (katsuo bushi)or dried infant sardines (niboshi)...it all depends on what you cook. Dashi can be vegan (shojin) too, mede from Kombu kelp,shitake for example.

Sidedoor's ramen has good potential, but it was too salty. BBQ pork was good.
I personally love ramen soup made from torigara (chicken) stock and dried scallops. Lots umami comes out from dried scallops!!!

2013 Apr 28
Aisu: I find a lot of the finer places like Domus, Sidedoor, and the like all seem to use the (powdered?) dashi for broth in any Asian noodle dish. Interesting considering they have no problem making there own chicken/pork/beef/fish stocks and broths for everything else.

2013 Apr 19
I have never tried ramen in Ottawa, so I decided to try BBQ pork ramen at Sidedoor.

I asked what kind of soup stock they use. Chicken(torigara) or Pork(tonkotsu) stock are the most common for ramen, Sidedoor use dashi for their ramen.

Ramen looked nice. Looked like ramen, but didn't taste like ramen I had before.

Lots BBQ pork in ramen and they were tasty.

Noodle was okay, I prefer slightly chewy noodle for ramen.

Soup was way too salty.
Too much soy sauce.
I couldn't taste anything but salty soy sauce in the soup. No flavour, body or umami in the soup. It was just too salty.