This month's dining club brought us to Navarra Restaurant, a Spanish tapas restaurant on Murray Street in the Byward Market.
The restaurant itself is a small space with only a dozen or so tables. The atmosphere was very cozy, with tables side by side allowing us to take a glimpse at our neighbors plates while deciding what to order.
After scanning the drink list, I opted for the Spicy Pineapple Margarita, which was just as delicious as it sounded. It had a perfect balance of sweet from the pineapple, with a hint of spice and the right amount tequila.
As the menu consists of tapas style plates, we opted for 5 sharing plates between the 3 us, which ended up being just the right amount of food.
Our first plate was the Dungeness Crab salad, voted #1 among Ottawa Citizen's top dishes of 2012 in Ottawa. Overall a tasty dish with dried mango, serrano chilis, avocado and vanilla aguachili, however I myself wasn't a big fan of the sesame ash.
The tomatillo salsa on the Mexican Bricklayer dip was one of my favourite components - it was so good we dug in before snapping a picture.
The two hot dishes that we shared were Rioja potatoes, which had just the perfect amount of spice to cut the coolness of the first 3 dishes. We finished off our meal with Slow Roasted Pork Asado "Gringas" a perfectly balanced taco style dish with fresh avocado and pineapple that neutralized the richness of the pork.
For more information on Navarra, check out their website: http://navarrarestaurant.com/ or you can follow them on Facebook or Twitter
Stay tuned for next month's dining club experience where we'll be chomping down on bbq goodness and smoked Cheesecake at D&S Southern Comfort BBQ in Carlsbad Springs!!