FINALLY…a restaurant in Kanata South featuring lovely plates and unbelievable wines! Carole and I were driving down Eagleson Road about a month ago and saw a sign for this new restaurant, Amuse Kitchen, and it wasn’t five seconds before Carole was looking it up and planning it as the next stop for our Tasting Ottawa group. When Carole called to set it up both the chef and owner were so excited about the idea of setting up a tasting menu for our group and we had such a great response from our clients and supporters.
The tasting menu was four courses, with 7 dishes total, for $35 per person with an optional 4 glass wine pairing for an additional $30…great value. The first course was an amuse bouche of baked prosciutto, slivered pears and balsamic glaze served with toasted baguette. Along with this also came oysters with a tomato relish and avocado mousse. I will admit that this was my first oyster I have ever tried and I did enjoy it! This course was served with a Cava, a sparkling wine, that was fresh and crisp…a perfect pairing for my first oyster.
Moving onto the second course, the appetizers, I was very excited to try their Canadian Bison carpaccio. The carpaccio was thinly sliced with a saffron and sunchoke cream, sour cream and micro greens also served with crostini. Next was a seared tuna of which I am not a fan but did try and it was seared nicely. Others at my table did really enjoy it. The accompaniment of roasted sweet potato and green beans (my favourite) were delicious! These plates were served with a Chilean Sauvignon Blanc.
Our next course was one that I was really excited about…the charcuterie board. My favourites on this board were the spicy calabrese salami, the Muenster cheese and the Celtic Blue cheese which I ate with a whiskey infused marmalade. This board was served with a Californian Pinot Noir that was very good…light but still had some body to stand up to the cheese.
Our final tasting course was a Burrata and tomato salad along side duck with a pan reduction and quinoa. Burrata is a very young mozzarella cheese and it pairs naturally with tomatoes. This salad was served with arugula and a tomato salsa. This course was paired with a very good California Cab that had a very nice, almost “peppery” finish…our whole table just raved about it.
For dessert, I refrained, but Carole did order the Chocolate and Hazelnut Pate, which was a winner across the board…rich and smooth and decadent. Carole, who lives in Bridlewood as do many of our guests, is thrilled to have a place such as this in Kanata South. Walking distance for many in the area, this is a great place for a beautiful glass of wine and an appetizer or a meal. The decor is lovely with vintage touches and warm ambiance. A great place for a date or a catch up with friends!