By on April 26, 2013

Allium

Address:

87 Holland Ave,

Ottawa, ONT

This rather hip and modern restaurant has gained lots of attention over the past few years. Situated on Holland Avenue and being so close the government landscape of Tunney’s Pasture, this restaurant has become a rather social busy hub especially during the lunch time rush. Patrons are spoiled at Allium by the vast array of fresh ingredients and seasonal dishes that Chef Arup creates on a daily basis. Just when you thought you’ve tasted the regular appetizers that fill up the typical ordinary restaurant menus – along comes Allium to revive the ho-hum dishes and add its own spin to it that literally leaves you wanting more and more.

Case in point their delicious take on their fried calamari. This is no run of the mill octopus drenched in oil that more than often than i care to know is how its served in other eateries. Over cooked to the point where it’s like you’ve ordered some Hubba Bubba  chewing gum and lets not forget the gratuitous lemon wedges and a poor man’s version of bottled cocktail sauce that only has one purpose: to kill the remaining taste buds that you have that hasn’t been spoiled by the abundant oil and try to awaken them with  its acid. No, at Allium it couldn’t be any more different; the calamari comes out lightly battered and fried with a sprinkle of sea salt and served with some pickled onions that adds the right amount of bite and contrast to the mouth watering crustacean. Now if that doesn’t tickle your fancy then their sinful truffle Mac & Cheese will just blow you away…(for a true Food Whore experience…start with the calamari and then dive in the uber rich Mac & Cheese). At the first forkful, I was hooked – now keep in mind that I am be all account a pasta whore – yes, that’s right I said pasta whore. It doesn’t matter what the occasion is – pasta cooked like the one cooked at Allium should be had all the time. It came to a point where the servers knew without asking that I wanted the Mac & Cheese (providing that it was still available on their menu). I can go on and on how amazing it tastes but I’m not here to just talk about my weakness for their pasta but for the restaurant as a whole. It’s all encompassing – from the kitchen to the level of service that is given to their patrons, Allium is a gem.
Allium keep up with the ever changing food industry phases – they offer a Tapas menu on Monday evenings…so that way you can enjoy their meals in small quantities without breaking the bank or splitting your pant seams.

Always salivating for some more…

Sincerely,
FT

P.S Please forgive me for not having posted a picture of my crack cocaine of food…my Mac ‘n Cheese…in total excitement of having it before my very hungry eyes, I had forgotten to take a picture of it. However, this turns out to be a blessing in disguise as now I will have no choice but to go back and order it yet again…like I needed an excuse 😉

As promised here is the infamous Mac ‘n Cheese…I wouldn’t deprive you of this great dish 😉

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