The Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) in Ottawa’s Wellington West neighbourhood is a beautiful building. Filled with light and life, it’s home to some of our city’s finest theatre performances as well as being a sought-after venue for weddings and other celebrations. Now, the GCTC is hoping their new culinary partner, opening June 3, will bring added traffic to the building.
At a preview event on June 2, guests were treated to plentiful nibbles that were intended to reflect and showcase the Mediterranean and Spanish influences that have shaped the small plates menu, designed by Chef Mook Sutton.
The name is apt – Teatro is Spanish for theatre – and it speaks to the global inspiration behind the dishes, many of which feature fresh, sustainable, and whenever possible, local ingredients. Among the tasty nibbles on offer at the preview event were bison and fig skewers, an inventive take on salad in the form of kale on a stick, crab and pineapple kimchi on cucumber slices, a twisted Caesar cocktail featuring cilantro, tequila and house-made rimmer, and cranberry focaccia topped with marinated peach slices wrapped in duck prosciutto.
Servers told me that the 60 seat venue will only be open for dinner, 7 days a week, although the restaurant’s yet-to-be-completed website invites patrons to “start your day with our fresh baked goods and breakfast sandwiches. Grab our homemade soups, salads and fresh sandwiches for a great lunch. And join us for a four course brunch on weekends.”
Whatever their opening hours prove to be, I wish them well as they seek to add an extra sparkle to the GCTC building (and not just on performance nights).
To find out more about Teatro Café, visit them at 1233 Wellington Street West or check them out at http://www.teatrocafe.ca or @teatro_ottawa.