Sidedoor Restaurant is located in the courtyard of the ByWard market in Ottawa. Executive chef Jonathan Korecki is best known for his appearance in Season 2 on Top Chef Canada where he was a finalist. He went to the Cordon Bleu in Ottawa and worked in kitchens across Canada, including celebrated chef Susur Lee in Toronto. It is no surprise that the menu at Sidedoor is predominantly contemporary Asian with few items Mexican influences. The concept revolves around sharing food, a similar fashion to tapas.
From 4:30pm to 6:30pm except for Saturday, opt for their Happy Hours where the tacos cost a mere $7.50 for 2 ($2 cheaper than the original price). We took this opportunity to order 3 tacos. The bajan crispy fish is deep fried in tempura batter that gives a light and airy crust, it is complemented with an aji amarillo sauce garnished with red cabbage slaw, tomatillo salsa and a slice of avocado.
|Bajan Crispy Fish Tacos|
The chicken carnitas is slowly cooked shredded chicken topped with white cabbage slaw, tomatillo salsa and a thin slice of avocado - flavourful and moist.
Finally, this is our favorite taco of the night - korean cauliflower. The cauliflower provides a nice crunch, it is complemented with pickled sunchoke which is the acidity component. All the flavors are melded together with a sweet, messy, not-too-spicy gochujang sauce. Believe or not, cauliflower is the next superfood that will sweep the nation. As my friend Geneviève from Zomato puts it, cauliflower is the new kale.
|Korean Cauliflower with Pickled Sunchokes|
|Donut Sharing Platter - Apple Cream with Maple-Caramel Glaze, Olivia Dark Chocolate, Cinnamon-Sugar, White Chocolate-Cranberry|
All in all, we were very satisfied with the food and the service was impeccable. I always have some doubts if non-Asian chefs can make great Asian food. I can tell you that they know how to provide punches of flavours that reflect well Asian cuisine.
Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen
18B York Street