About Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen & Bar
Ottawa, ON K1N 5T5
Asian Fusion, Sharing Plates
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.
Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen & Bar Ratings and Reviews
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.
Service is always great - casual but not sloppy. Couldn't believe the server divided the 2 orders of donughts 4 ways withough us asking.
Really disapprove that the restaurant does not take reservations on Saturday - almost went to another restaurant because I was trying to book on line because nothing was available The restaurant was empty....
We got our table pretty fast, but I can't say that about the food. We have been a party of 5 one person could have left after 45 min since she got all her food first, but 3 of us had dinner after 2 hour wait .Our side was served first and has been cold when the flavorless chicken was served. I have to say they tried hard to recover they gave us some dishes on house and free donuts but this didn't change my mind
Felt pressured by the server while my friend and I waited for other friends. Although we were having drinks, it was uneasy having the server every minute or so inquiring about our food order when we did not even finish our drinks...
We would have preferred a better drinks selection.
We have enjoyed the sidedoor in the past. This time the meal was not up to its usual standards. The crispy fish taco's were not crispy and the main dishes were too rich for a summer menu. We were disappointed not to find the dumplings on the menu this time (which would have been more appropriate for a summer meal than the heavy/rich seafood options).
We had hoped to sit on the patio, but the patio was closed due to the heat. It would have been appreciated to have been informed of this prior to arriving, so that we were more prepared for indoor, airconditioned dinning. (With a sweater ect.).
The server could not be understood due to the noise in the restaurant. When I food did arrive, issues with the dishes as some people asked there Taco's to be on lettuce leaves and not corn or floured tortillas.
The food was very one note and did not have much depth of flavour. I think its a cop out for the kitchen not to be able to do all the tables dishes at once. You state dim sum style and people can pick at what the want but two tacos's coming to the table of 8 people not sure how that is supposed to work. As well dim sum you usually have a constant stream of food coming. As well not sure were peppercorn steak please in an Asian inspired resto.
Very disappointing evening.
Great fusion food from a great chef.
The menu is short and changes regularly, according to what's fresh and what the chef is interested in exploring.
It's great for groups with different eating styles, because (without any sacrifice of flavour) there are items for paleo-carnivores, vegans, vegetarians, fish-lovers and wheat avoiders...
The mini-tacos and the dim sum are always surprising and delightful. From spicy beef to a lentil patty...
Everything is designed for sharing, so it makes for a lovely night with friends or a romantic date.
Location and decor
Inside an old stone building in the heart of Ottawa, the decor is high moderne and but warmly comfortable - a tough mix to achieve. The music was pleasant and set a level that didn't drown out conversation. There's a great private room for larger parties, too.
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