The options for downtown dining got a boost with the opening of "spin" Kitchen & Bar at the Marriott Hotel.
The fresh, creative menu is complemented by a warm, contemporary décor featuring a muted palette with splashes of colour, accented by a lush sound system and subtle, effective lighting. It's a grand, open space that is structured to offer a seamless flow into the tastefully refurbished lobby area.
"spin" has quickly developed a reputation as the ideal spot for politicos, tourists and businesspeople looking for nibbles, drinks or both. Granite-topped tables and comfortable upholstered chairs share the space with banquettes and elevated communal tables wired for laptop use - free amenities include WiFi, wireless printing and four loaner iPads.
"The philosophy behind spin is that it is a place you come to relax, to enjoy a drink or a meal but also stay connected," explains Joe Hashem, Food Services Manager for the Ottawa Marriott. "People love the atmosphere, the concept, the menu, the location and the consistency of the experience."
As one might expect, the eclectic menu, designed by Chef Timothy Barton, offers a new spin on traditional comfort foods. "At dinnertime, our three-course regional table d'hŰte has been extremely popular," he explains. "It will be updated to reflect the best of what's seasonally available. We're already working on some exciting new possibilities for spring, tapping into our kitchen's collective creativity."
Other popular items include the classic Marriott burger and the gourmet Kobe burger, as well as the pizzas, based on delectable locally-owned Art-is-in Bakery dough created especially for "spin." Tim is justifiably proud of his flank steak flatbread.
"Its flavour profile is sweet, spicy and aromatic with hints of chilies and cumin, chipotle mayo and the finishing touches of truffle oil and fleur de sel. From taste to presentation, everything about it represents the refinement of a dish I've been seeking to perfect for a long time."
"We feel we've hit the mark with this, our first menu, says Tim. "It's always a great thing to see a full house day after day and plates going back to the kitchen empty."
"spin" Kitchen & Bar is fully accessible and is located at 100 Kent Street. www.spinkitchenbar.com or 613.783.4202.
Paula Roy is the Food Editor for Ottawa At Home and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.