I have a new restaurant to add to my top 5 in the Ottawa vicinity list. Well, truth be told, I don't have an actual "top 5 list", but if I did, Mariposa Farm would be on it. So would Les Fougeres. which I raved about here.
I had been thinking about going to visit, but didn't have any concrete plans. Then, I saw The Twisted Chef's post about her visit and decided that I had to go. I sold the idea to R as a birthday brunch (for him) and made a reservation. The restaurant opens one a week for brunch on Sundays.
We were among the first to arrive and I was already feeling warm and fuzzy before sitting at our table.
Rather than a traditional written menu, Mariposa Farm has a visual menu, where you can view the three starters, three mains and three dessert options. This is awesome, particularly if you're a visual person. I often have trouble deciding what to order. But deciding based on the visual menu is probably the fastest decision I've ever made in a restaurant.
The centrepieces of the table, fresh vegetables, were really cute. I've already stolen the idea.
Quickly after sitting, you get a basket of homemade bread. So good!
For starters, R ordered a beet salad with a nut encrusted goat cheese:
I ordered the foie gras:
It didn't take long into our meal (and my picture taking) for the owner to ask me about whether these photos would end up on a foodblog. Busted!
For the main, I had duck on a bed of spaetzle. This course was my favourite. The duck was succulent and perfectly spiced.
R had bison, which he thoroughly enjoyed.
For dessert, R got a peach and apple galette
I got the cheese platter.
Overall, the meal was excellent. None of the dishes are things that I would usually order in a restaurant. But, because I could visually see what I was getting myself into, I was eager to try something new.
The service was good. The owner has a strong, welcoming (slightly quirky) presence in the restaurant.
After eating, we walked around the farm.
I loved visiting the geese. They look so distinguished and elegant.
Overall an awesome experience.