Unique dining at the Union


Our first ladies’ night of 2015 brought us to Union 613. We had chosen this restaurant at the end of 2014 but with all of the Christmas festivities we had to postpone it until 2015 A few of the foodie girlz had heard intriguing things about it so we were excited to check it out Union 613 is a southern-style restaurant located on Somerset Street east of Bank Street. The décor is packed many unique touches including glass bottle lights and meat cleaver beer taps, funky art adorns the walls – the conversation starters abound. Another fun touch is the communal seating at long wooden tables in the back contrasting with a few intimate tables for two scattered here and there.

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We were seated a communal table near the back of the restaurant; it was a little dark which made reading the menu a little difficult. Speaking of the menu, a it was fun mini clip board with a burlap cover. There was plenty of choice for drinks from house cocktails,  an extensive list of bourbons, and some interesting non-alcoholic drinks too.

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Soon after we ordered our drinks our server brought out the previously much discussed boiled peanuts. We had heard about these before our visit and were eager to try them out.  All in all, the ladies were a bit conflicted about these and I think that they are a bit of an acquired taste - you either like’em or you don’t. Personally, I didn’t really like them but I did find that they were such an experience, I found myself giving a few more chances to win me over.

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Onto the main event! There were eight of us so we decided to share some appetizers. We had the deviled eggs (amazing!) but the disappeared so quickly we didn’t get a chance to take pictures. We also had:

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Fried Green Tomatoes

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Smoked and braised beef tongue, avonlea cheddar, pickled things, house mustard, buttermilk biscuit

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Beef Tartare (special that wasn’t on the menu)

For mains, one of the ladies had the Catfish (didn’t manage to get a picture) and said that she really enjoyed it. The rest of us either had the pork ribs or the southern-fried chicken with a variety of sides:

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Smoked pork back ribs, mustard-beer bbq sauce, spaghetti squash, toasted pumpkin seeds with cornbread on the side

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Southern fried chicken w/ pepper vinegar, collard greens, pickled garlic & bacon with a side of Cheddar & roasted garlic hominy grits

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A side of warm fingerling & le coprin mushroom salad w/ chicken liver vinaigrette

We were stuffed by the time we got to dessert but couldn’t resist trying the Pumpkin custard, whiskey whip, pie crust. So glad we did; it was really good. One of the highlights of the night. It came in a cute glass jar with a generous dollop of the silky smooth whiskey whip. The pie crust was a nice added touch that had a bit of a crunch to it.

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Overall we enjoyed the meal, the atmosphere and the unique dining experience at Union 613. A few of us found that our dishes could have benefited from a bit of salt. Notably there was no salt and pepper on the tables. We would highly recommend the deviled eggs, beef tartare, the catfish, and as always, dessert.

MORE ABOUT THE RESTAURANT

Name: Union 613
Address: 315 Somerset Street West, Ottawa, ON
Telephone: 613.231.1010
Website: http://union613.ca/
Hours: Dinner (Mon-Sat) 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM Late night (Wed to Sat) 10:30 PM – 2:00 AM Brunch (Sat) 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM; (Sun) 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Reservations: Yes (Call)
Parking: Street parking and parking lot right beside restaurant ($5 flat rate at night)