Address: 7 Springfield Rd, Ottawa
Hours: 5 – 9pm (Tue); 11:30am – 2pm, 5 – 9pm (W – F); 10am – 2pm, 5 – 9pm (Sat – Sun); closed Mon
After over five years of living in Ottawa, I’d eaten at many, many restaurants. Dare I say more places than most people who have lived their whole lives here. However, one glaring omission was a restaurant that has been a fixture in New Edinburgh for over a decade – Fraser.
Tucked away just off Beechwood on Springfield, the space at Fraser has a mix of vibes; from bright window seats to their well-appointed bar, things felt cozy without being cramped.
The menu is all quite shareable, and my wife and I took full advantage of it.
Our meal started out with the cutely-named Fruits ‘n’ ‘Sciut. Delicate folds of whisper-thin prosciutto were layered on top of slices of juicy, local peaches, and all topped off with pistachios, pesto and honey. This wasn’t French-royal-court level of complexity, but damn was it good. Sweet, salty and savoury, it was an excellent first bite to whet our appetites.
It wouldn’t be a summer menu without a crudité, and we jumped right on board this bandwagon. Pieces of local cucumber, carrots, radishes, zucchini and more were there for the dipping in a very tasty cashew hummus.
For our mains, I went with a dish that was a very “me” thing, although I did share – the pork belly pogo. Pogos are a common sight at the many chip wagons and casse-croûtes in the region, but I guarantee you won’t be getting ones as good as Fraser’s. Hunks of melt-in-your-mouth-tender pork belly were ensconced in a fluffy-on-the-inside, crisp-on-the-outside batter. Paired up with slices of seasonal peach and a green tomato sauce, the dirty shame of roadside pogos is miles away from this dish.
My wife’s main of BBQ hen was another winner, with the fowl legs getting a nice char and smokiness from their charcoal grilling, while a salad of green mango and crisp bits of shredded kohlrabi balanced out the plate.
Dessert options were limited to three, but with how good they sounded, it was still hard to choose! In the end, we went with the PB&J doughnut, and the ginger and peach crisp.
The doughnut was the definition of a decadent delight, with a peanut butter cream filling, torched marshmallow topping and a raspberry sauce to pour over it all. Somehow, it was even better than it sounded!
Our second dessert had a hard act to follow, but the mix of textures and flavours was fantastic. A shatteringly crisp shell, airy whipped cream, and fresh peaches completing a trifecta for us, plus a lightly savoury, toasted crumble – what more could you want?!
Service was impressively thorough in their knowledge of all the menus and seeing to our meal.
On a long weekend of staycation indulgence, our dinner at Fraser was the culinary highlight.