Food and Wine Bar

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Kitchen Gods, John Tay­lor has a firm foot­ing. For over a dozen years, he’s been wow­ing din­ers at do­mus café in the By­Ward Mar­ket. Now, Old Ot­tawa South, where chef John and his som­me­lier wife Sylvia have lived for years, is home to a sec­ond John Tay­lor food ex­pe­ri­ence.

Tay­lor’s Gen­uine Food and Wine Bar is like a great­est hits al­bum, with all the best flavours of Canada rep­re­sented. Tay­lor’s Gen­uine boasts a short menu of qual­ity food and a com­pre­hen­sive, but not over­whelm­ing, wine list that is reg­u­larly up­dated, show­cas­ing lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional bou­tique winer­ies as well as some ob­scure va­ri­etals.

As with the wines, the lunch, din­ner and week­end brunch menus are re­vamped of­ten, depend­ing upon the best of­fer­ings of the sea­son. From sus­tain­able fish to great steaks and game meats to veg­e­tar­ian op­tions, the choices are fresh and cre­ative. The Gen­uine Burger, topped with smoked Balder­son ched­dar and pancetta, el­e­vates this diner sta­ple to a new high while the pan-seared tuna is per­fectly pre­pared and pret­tily pre­sented with sea­sonal veg­eta­bles.

“Our char­cu­terie boards are ex­tremely pop­u­lar,” notes Sylvia. “You can choose from in-house ter­rines and pâtés, sliced On­tario cured meats, lo­cal cheeses and smoked fish, to de­sign a plat­ter for your­self or to share.” Also not to be missed are the house-made desserts – and if the Gen­uine Brownie served with Pas­cale’s ice cream is on of­fer, it’s your lucky day!

The newly-ren­o­vated space is in­ti­mate, un­clut­tered and wel­com­ing. Warm woods and funky fabrics are ac­cented by rich plum-coloured walls, an­chored by a tav­ern-pat­terned floor made with pine re­claimed from the Ot­tawa River. The open kitchen of­fers an added de­light for din­ers who like to watch the ac­tion, and the turntable be­hind the bar spins great tunes each night.

Al­though John and Sylvia in­tended Tay­lor’s Gen­uine to be a neigh­bour­hood spot, it’s draw­ing praise and pa­trons from all across the re­gion. “I guess our good rep­u­ta­tion in the Mar­ket has re­ally helped,” ex­plains John. With a great vibe and an hon­est, hard­work­ing kitchen you’re sure to leave Tay­lor’s Gen­uine feel­ing sat­is­fied.

Tay­lor’s Gen­uine Food & Wine Bar is at 1091 Bank Street (at Sun­ny­side). Call 613.730.5672 or email tay­lors­gen­

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