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About Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen & Bar
Asian Fusion, Sharing Plates
Ottawa, ON K1N 5T5
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30am-2:30pm
Dinner: Monday- Thursday & Sunday 4:30pm-10:30pm, Friday and Saturday 4:30pm-11pm
CAN$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room
Special Events & Promotions:
From corporate gatherings to weddings SIDEDOOR loves to host special events.
With it's grand space, private room, semi-private bar and stone walls SIDEDOOR is a great place for anything from a corporate event, family gathering to a wedding or rehearsal dinner.
Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen & Bar Ratings and Reviews
Food overall was very good. Crispy fish taco & papaya salad was better than another place I frequent. The calarmari could have been crispier if it wasn't plated in a small deep bowl (started going soggy) and it was not as good as another place. Crispy beef was very good but also wished it wasn't plated in the same deep bowl as the calamari. The sauce ended up at the bottom of bowl more than on the dish. These two dishes would have better served on plates instead of bowls. The donuts were very good, crispy and light. The plating/presentation of the food could have been better.
Great dining experience as always. I have been to Sidedoor at least 15 times and have never been disappointed. Consistently good service, food, ambiance and overall dining experience. One of my absolute favourite spots. Favorite dishes include fish tacos, papaya salad, green curry lobster, calamari, and newer dish char siu pork (to die for Asian-style bacon on steroids).
This was one of the best meals out we've had in awhile .. we started with an order of Salmon tempura tacos (very tasty) followed by the pork dumplings (also very flavourful) and then for a main course, the braised beef with red penang curry & peanuts, with a side of chinese greens and jasmine rice. The beef with the curry was wonderful and the veggies were a great complement. Our waiter was also friendly and efficient. We would definitely go back next time we are in Ottawa!
Great food! Big but cozy, options for small or big groups. We had a quiet table amidst a full restaurant. Flavours were wonderful and wine selection small but well priced with great options. Server was helpful and let us take our time choosing next plates. Will definitely go back!
Extremely expensive for food quality and quantity. Crispy beef wasn't crispy and no flavour. Dumplings were good. We'd only go back for a light snack and even then, not really tempted...restaurant is beautiful though. Donuts a complete rip off. Nothing special, small and overpriced. Weren't too thrilled with the auto tip for the 4 of us, although service was excellent Antonio -
A short menu but interesting items.
Our handsome server got the kitchen to prepare plates of 3 tacos before we even asked! Also, we were seated at a table far from the cold window, again without our needing to ask. It could also have been because they were anticipating a large (i.e. noisy) group later and they put us far from them. If so, more than nice. Service was attentive but not annoying.
As for the food, I will be back for the lentil tacos for sure. And the tuna sashimi. :-)
We had a bit of trouble initially finding safe gluten free options on the menu that would give us enough variety but with some back and forth discussions between our wonderful waiter and the experienced chef in the kitchen, we were able to come up with a more than satisfactory selection of dishes. If you are Celiac, don't go there expecting it to be easy to find GF options though -- you have to work with the staff. Expect the dinner to take a while as it is a busy, hopping place. Plan a minimum of 2hrs. Food and presentation was good. Seasonal vegetables were very tasty but presentation could have been better. Vietnamese pancake is outstanding.
We thought the food was good, but we found out that we aren't fans of the "homestyle" method of serving. Maybe this means we are not open to new experiences, or maybe not. To begin, we found the menu confusing. It was unclear from the menu just how we should order our meal of "small shared plates" and "large shared plates". We were surprised that the main dishes didn't come with potatoes or rice or vegetables, but that these were to be ordered and paid for separately. This does make it possible to get exactly the combination you like, but with the fish, steak, and other mains already over $30, it seemed a surprising additional expense. We were also surprised that the dishes come to the table when they are ready, so a salad and main course may arrive at the same time, with the rice and vegetables coming sometime later. While each dish was quite attractive when it arrived at the table, by the time we put the shared items on our plates, the food looked just as it does on our plates at home, which was a little disappointing considering we were having a not-inexpensive meal out. We didn't get the donut dessert, ourselves, but saw one brought to a large, nearby table.
Eight different rather elegant donuts were brought in on a long trencher and each lovingly described by the server. However, there was only one of each kind, so too bad if you wanted the dark chocolate one and the person down the table got to it first.
There was a large reservation near us that was so loud people were moving tables. I wish they had been sat in a group area as it was so loud we couldn't converse but luckily they arrived near the end of our meal. The food was flawless and the service spectacular. Definitely heading back soon!
The best part about Sidedoor is their doughnuts. Their doughnuts -- fresh, light, interesting -- are the highlight. The main dishes, for what you get, are on the expensive side. In my opinion, they should be $5-7 cheaper. The calamari was pretty good. The beef curry was good, too. The price could be cheaper, that's all. Except for the doughnuts!!! Worth every cent.
Arriving was good. Easy to get to our table. Food was good. But portions were not what was described. Told enough to feed 3-4 people and the calamari is just enough for 2. Service was poor. Our waiter always took forever to come back to the table. He forgot about one girl at our table who arrived late. 2 people ordered the same thing, one got their food hot, the other cold. He then instead of taking a percentage off her bill (which is what most places do) he actually asked if they wanted a percentage off their bill. At the end of the night, we were waiting and waiting for him to come back to get a refill on the drinks and he was just hanging around up by the bar near a computer....None if us were impressed by him. There was 11 of us for a birthday dinner.
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