Atelier dish 1When we decided to make reservations at Atelier Restaurant in Ottawa, we discovered that we’d have to wait several weeks for a Friday evening reservation.

Such is the popularity of this award-winning restaurant that specializes in molecular gastronomy, and is one of my favourite restaurants in this city and across the country.

I had written a profile of the superb sommelier Steve Robinson several months ago for Ottawa Magazine, the sister publication of Toronto Life.

Now it was time to revisit and try the new summer menu with Steve’s pairings. It was spectacular, with whimsical dish names like “You’ve Got Quail,” “The Codfather” and “Yolko Ono,” along with delightfully surprising combinations of flavours, textures and temperatures.

Here’s our 12-course meal in video shorts … move your mouse over the video and when you see the speaker in the top left corner with the red x, click on it to hear the sound.

Atelier Restaurant
540 Rochester Street
Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 4M1

www.atelierrestaurant.ca
613-321-3537

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First Course: Ahi Road
Wine Pairing: NV Ontario Spring Water Sake

 

Second Course: Caesar

Wine Pairing: Astrolabe Savignon Blanc, New Zealand

Love this zesty white wine that I reviewed in the June 8 LCBO Vintages Release (it’s still in stores).

 

 

Third Course: Haligin

Wine Pairing: Astrolabe Savignon Blanc, New Zealand

 

Fourth Course: Krusty the Crab

Wine Pairing: 2011 Cave Spring Vineyard The Adam Steps Riesling, Niagara

 

Fifth Course: Chicken of the Swamp
Wine Pairing: 2009 Domaine de l’Aigle a Deux Tetes Chardonnay, Jura, France

 

Sixth Course: Eat Your Greens

Wine Pairing: NV Giro Ribot Ab Origine Cava Reserva Brut, Penedes, Spain

 

Seventh Course: You’ve Got Quail

Wine Pairing: 2011 Gulfi Cerasuolo di Vittoria, Sicily, Italy

 

Eighth Course: Slip of the Tongue

Wine Pairing: 2011 Gulfi Cerasuolo di Vittoria, Sicily, Italy

 

Ninth Course: Can’t We All Just Get Along
Wine Pairing: 2010 Domaine Viret Renaissance, Rhone, France

 

Tenth Course: Pop Goes the Basil

I didn’t take a video of these adorable basil-infused popsicles, but they were perfect as palate cleansers before we moved on to the sweet dishes

 

Eleventh Course: Pinky and the Brain

Wine Pairing: 2009 Weingut Hoffman-Simon Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Spatlese, Mosel, Germany

 

Twelth Course: Jamaican Me Crazier
Wine Pairing: NV Blandy’s 5-Year-Old Malmsey, Madeira, Portugal

 

Atelier Restaurant
540 Rochester Street
Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 4M1
613-321-3537