EatinEatOut : Fall 2012
86 WWW.EATINEATOUT.CA Two years ago, food writers questioned the state of fine dining. Many rustic farm-to-fork establish- ments, from brasseries to gastropubs, opted for vintage decor, trading sculpted dishware for dinner plates. They reduced their table settings, nixing table d'hote options and multi-course menus. In Ottawa's emerging Hintonburg neighbourhood, Back Lane Cafe embodies this "back-to-basics" trend. Veteran restauranteur George Monsour imagined a new kind of restaurant. It would work to rediscover the "origins" of cuisine. It would serve these epiphanies in an urban oasis steps away from the "main street." Back Lane is an open space with high ceilings, darkly stained wood tables, pressed back chairs, and a distressed concrete bar. It is accented with iron pipe, exposed brick, and painted beams reclaimed from barns. Reclaimed wood windows and shutters mute the bustle of a busy dining room. Think farmhouse meets European apartment. A e ze $6-$10 L c Ma $12-$18 D e Ma $18-$30 B c me be g a c ed fa . 1087 We g S OTTAWA, ONTARIO 613.695.2999 B c Lan Ca Meet Don, who together with Jenn and Claire, write the blog foodiePrints. They travel the city of Ottawa doing what they love: photographing and writing about food. O a a continued over...