I’m one of the lucky ones who have wonderful in-laws. I love Kris’ parents. Beyond just the regular family stuff, they also help us out a lot. I couldn’t imagine how much trickier our lives would be without them… well, yes I could… we would be locked out of our house, with no babysitter and no one to lend us tools. So as a thank you for all they have done for us this (school) year, we wanted to take them out for a nice meal. Enter our evening at Le Cafe at the NAC.

Price – There are some great deals going on at Le Cafe. Including a two can dine for $39 price fixe menu. A menu which is always changing, so you can go back time and time again to try different dishes. Honestly, when was the last time you got three courses for $20 a person? At somewhere as fancy as the NAC’s Le Cafe? Thought so… As for the rest of the menu it’s representative of the establishment with mains costing between $27 – $40 each.

Ambiance – Le Cafe is lovely. Elegant and refined, it is fancy without being pretentious. Yes, you’ll want to dress up a little – but there is no need to be uncomfortable. Think of how you would prepare for one of the many shows the NAC puts on. The service is exquisite, always there when you need them and able to answer any questions you might have. Not to mention the dining room has an amazing view of the canal.

Menu Options – It’s not a large menu, but that’s because it changes frequently. Personally that’s my favorite kind of menu. It shows that the kitchen is fluid, responding to seasonal ingredient trends and consumer demand. There is no danger of ordering an obsurity from the back page of the menu and having to have it defrosted from the bowels of some deep freeze at the back of the kitchen. Everything is current. There is also a great variety of dishes, from Canadian staples to more exotic dishes that represent Executive Chef Blackie’s global adventures.

Food – I loved it. And I think I can safely vouch for the rest of the table saying it was a wonderful meal. I started with the ceviche, which was refreshing as it was a VERY hot Ottawa day. And followed it up with the pulled pork tacos, as recommended by Chef Blackie. They were authentic tacos with house made shells, not the dry flat breads you would find in the grocery store. I finished every last bite… though I probably should have restrained myself, and still found room for the most amazing cherry cheesecake ever. Hubs had the beef tenderloin and was awed – this from a guy who really doesn’t like steak all that much. And he had the most amazing chocolate, marshmallow, peanut dessert ever. As you can see there are no pictures of dessert taken… there was no way I was going to slow down to take one – it was too delish!

Overall – I really liked Le Cafe. It’s classy, with excellent service and jaw dropping food. 5 out of 5 stars.