The Belmont, that cozy Old Ottawa South neighbourhood restaurant with low lighting, a homey vibe, and great cocktails offers an eclectic family meal take-out menu. Exactly what this is at the whim of chef Phil Denny, and on the night that I ordered, it included a dizzying mix of seven dishes.
Family Fare: Overall, there’s something for everyone here. Curried eggs disappeared as soon as the box was opened, and Seed to Sausage Coppa Cabana (a mix of dry cured pork loin, shitake mushrooms, tomato puree, black bean puree, and chimichurri) was excellent slathered on fresh bread. Brussels sprouts Caesar and a whole cauliflower with Hollandaise and truffle oil took a while longer to go with the younger crowd – but both were tasty and felt seasonal, as did the autumn beets salad, speckled with pumpkin seeds and dried apple slices.
The Main Deal: A whole Creole spiced Bayou roast chicken was pleasantly seasoned, and while it wasn’t inspiring to the eye in the box, the crispy dirty rice and roasted okra that accompanied it were a lovely surprise. Dessert was not included, which got the thumbs down from the smaller guests.
The Business: Easy ordering via email or telephone. Payment at pick-up or over the telephone by credit card. Packaging was recyclable aluminium trays or paper boxes.
Where: 1169 Bank St.