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Domus Cafe
Domus Cafe
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Main Course at Domus Cafe
Main Course at Domus Cafe
Salad at Domus Cafe
Soup at Domus Cafe
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2007 May 27
Yummy bread

2007 May 27
My boyfriend took me here last night and wow, were we ever impressed. We had a nice little corner table reserved for us, and the glasses of ice-cold water poured upon our arrival were much appreciated. Too many places make you ask for water.

We started with salads and then for mains I had the wild line-caught BC Albacore tuna (pictured) and bf had the land selection of the day, which happened to be pork tenderloin. We finished off with truffle cake and maple tarts.

I must say, for the quality of food and service we found here, we felt as though we were cheating them when we got our bill. Now that's not to say they should raise their prices ;) But it's so rare to find a spot like this, with such fresh, organic and local ingredients and such inspiration in their dishes. Service was also impeccable and I love the restaurant interior, especially the open kitchen in back!

We would have changed nothing about our experience and will definitely be visiting Domus again.

2006 Dec 11
Seeing as I staged for a period of time in this fine restaurant, I can say with no doubt in my mind that Domus is possibly the best restaurant of it's type in Ottawa.

2006 Dec 9
So as mentioned before, my husband took me out to dinner tonight to Domus Cafe for my birthday. It certainly met expectations. The food was very fresh, well presented, and the service was attentive but not overkill.

I ordered the mushroom and truffle barley 'risotto' and the salmon, served with more mushrooms and truffles. Clearly I was on some sort of truffle kick. ;) My husband ordered the foie gras and the duck. He said both were delicious.

2006 Dec 5
What i can recommend is to have 1 entrée (or soup or salad) + the main dish. The portions are usually quite big, so that's plenty. It's not the kind of restaurant to go for a 5 service meal. :)

On the current menu, i've tried the Foie Gras (w/quail egg) + Ontario ice wine, which was great.

The bisques or chowders i've tried there have always been real good, but i'm a huge fan of those.. so i rarely go wrong.

Ask for the land selection and the fish selection, I usually pick my meal in those 2 choices.. Last time i was there they had a "duo" theme. The fish selection was Shrimp+tuna and the land selection was elk+alberta beef. It changes regularly, but the waiter's description of the 2 selections usually will make you drool and you'll forget what you were thinking of getting off the menu.

Let us know your thoughts afterwards :)

oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

2006 Dec 5
My husband and I are heading to Domus this weekend for my birthday. Any comments on your favourite menu items? I realize the menu changes with the seasons, but dish reviews/comments would still be helpful.

2006 Nov 23
I agree.. I was there last night (for the 5th time this past year) and i've always really enjoyed the food. I tried their foie gras experience (w/quail egg & Ontario Icewine) and it was delicious. :)
The staff is always very friendly also.

2006 Sep 8
Domus is one of Ottawa's true stars. The food looks amazing and tastes even better!

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2008 Apr 6
We want to try their "Crazy Good" Warm Chocolate Cake originally. However, we were told that this will take about 20 minutes preparation time.

So, we changed our mind and tried their Carrot Cake ($10) instead. Delicious as it looks!

2007 May 27
I'm still thinking about this chocolate truffle cake.

2007 Jan 3
Sure. I posted it in the Forum.

2006 Dec 14
Care to share that recipe with us? :)

2006 Dec 14
I remeber being in charge of the desserts the first night I was there, and I must say that the Creme Brulee was hands-down the most popular item. It's almost as good as my Chocolate Banana Strawberry Creme Brulee ;)

2006 Dec 9
Desserts here are made-to-order, as should be expected from a restaurant of this caliber. I ordered the vanilla creme brule, and my husband ordered a cranberry and white chocolate tarte. My creme brule had the perfect amount of 'crust' on top. His tarte had a lovely, flaky crust. Both were wonderful and beautifully presented.




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2007 May 27
I asked our waiter to recommend a robust red wine, and he immediately suggested a Cabernet Sauvignon. Well played, sir - it was absolutely to my taste (delicious!) and I thoroughly enjoyed every drop :) Next time I may order a bottle of something and just ask them to bring the food slowly throughout the night so I have a chance to finish it!

2007 Feb 7
Domus offers one of the best Canadian wine list in Ottawa downtown. Here I realized that the quality of many Ontario white wines is improved a lot. I match my fish selection (scalopps + mushrooms+ spinachs) with a Canadian no-oaked Chardonnay from Niagara region. It was crisp, with a refreshing acidity, well balanced with hints of citrus and floral notes with a medium finish.
My girlfriend had a good Sauvignon Blanc from the same region. It was very complex with aromas of tropical fruits and grapefruit, full body and with a long finish. It was very crisp. Those wines were good choices for our fish selections. Even the ice-wines list was wide with many good labels.

2006 Dec 9
Like a few other restaurants in Ottawa, Domus tries to focus on local and Canadian cuisine. This is also true with their wine list, which features some wonderful bottles from all over Canada, focusing most on Ontario (and therefore the Niagara region).

I drooled over the first page of the list, which was rare/'last call' bottles of various vintages. We might have been celebrating my birthday, but we also didn't want to drop $70+ on a single bottle of wine, no matter how delicious it might be. Instead, we turned the page over to the local reds choices, and went with a Stonechurch Cabernet Franc. It was a balanced wine with flavours of blackberry and fresh pepper, and a hint of vanilla. Probably not the best choice for my salmon dish, but paired nicely with the risotto and my husband's duck.

I can see why they have won wine awards.



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2008 Apr 6
The bread arrived on our table hot with smoke! Fabulous bread. I gave 5 stars for their bread! (I forgot what it was. But very filling and tasted like homemade.) Too bad that I didn't take the photo of their bread.



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2008 Apr 6
This was their house chowder ($25). Not too rich and this was what my friend wanted.

2008 Apr 6
This was their Warm House Smoked Ontario Rainbow Trout ($22).



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2008 Apr 6
This was the Daily Market Soup I ordered. I forgot what it was. A little bit sour. Good to start! Isn't it beautiful!

The server also asked me if I wanted to have another slice of bread to go with my soup. No doubt about it.




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2008 Apr 6
This was the Endive Beet Salad ($14) my friend ordered.

Because we got a window seat, the picture turned out pretty nice with natural lighting. I think this is the best food photo I have taken.