My parents were in Ottawa this weekend to celebrate their 48th wedding anniversary with us. Looking for something special and to honour my Father’s French heritage I chose L’Orée du Bois.
About 15 minutes from Ottawa at the edge of Gatineau Park in old Chelsea, sits a farmhouse converted to restaurant this is L’Orée du Bois. A beauty hidden in mature trees this lovely place offers French and regional cuisine.
Once settled in we decided on the table d’hôte which offered six entrees with soup, appetizer and dessert. We started with a simple, authentic pea soup, a deliciously rich crab flan and mushrooms in puff pastry. The mushrooms need a special mention, they were unbelievable, the rich creamy sauce was heaven on the palate, everything beautifully presented.
For entrees my Father and I chose salmon, Mom mixed pastas and my good man chose red deer medallions.
My generous portion of salmon, cooked to perfection in a light herb sauce was really fabulous. The pasta dish was an interesting mix with both lamb and shrimp in an earthy sauce, I found the lamb took control of the dish just on the edge of completely taking over. The deer cooked in a red wine sauce (again a generous portion) was quite tender and a new adventure for Adrian who was pleased with his choice.
The wine was a perfect pairing with our food, Bourgogne, La Soeur Cadette, Valentin Montanet, France.
Dessert was thoughtfully presented and a delightful end to a lovely evening. Seasonal fruit served in a phyllo tulip on a custard bed with a scoop of sorbet, a piece of Bavarian Chocolate and Mango Cake which was surprisingly light and a plate of assorted sorbet (made in-house).
Even with a full house the staff at the restaurant made having dinner out as it should be, an easy, comfortable and delicious experience, thank you Josée. I can’t wait to go back.
Dinner for four with wine and tip $280.00.
A walk through the L’Orée du Bois garden…..