Like a tongue on a flagpole in February, fusion cuisine results from curiosity and a shortage of popsicles. Rein in restless taste buds with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of Asian fusion fare and drinks at Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen & Bar.
A new ByWard Market eatery, Sidedoor infuses its convivial sharing plates with a potpourri of international influences, updating traditional Eastern recipes with contemporary flair. The technicians orchestrating Sidedoor's cosmopolitan kitchen also flourish their menu with a sweet and spicy marriage of Indian and Thai flavours, bedewing the claws of a luscious lobster ($28) in an ambrosial green curry and enlisting an herbal hunglae sauce to coat the swells of braised lamb shoulders ($26). For an intimate bundle of à-la-carte proteins or an amateur Chinese finger trap, diners can summon the flour cocoons of a taco trio ($14), teeming with morsels of chinese barbecue pork or planks of crispy bajan fish. The heritage stone walls and wood accents silently urge patrons to solicit the company of a handsome cocktail, such as the dark & stormy ($10), an inhibition-fighting duo of dark rum and ginger beer.
Byward Market - Parliament Hill
18 York St.
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5T5