Canadian Navarra


Parliament Hill and Ottawa River, Ottawa

Nobody thinks of Ottawa as a place where one would go to indulge in gastronomical experiences, yet a small restaurant in Byward Market area called Navarra contests this thought. Not only was the service very attentive, but the dishes made by the Top Chef Canada winner, Rene Rodriguez, stood out in its colourful presentation that translated into a bust of flavours. Have you ever heard or have you ever tasted hibiscus mole? Deep purple in colour, nutty in texture, and slightly citrusy from hibiscus, I spooned the mole from a small cup while waiting for my dessert to arrive. Although not a dessert on its own, this mole definitely could been one.

An additional perk during my visit was that Mondays were industry nights when all dishes cost $15.00. Ottawa might not be a gastronomical destination, but if one ever ends up over there, go to Navarra and indulge yourself.



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