Sidedoor

imagesEvery so often the girls in the office like to get together once every few months and let loose. This Friday night we ended up at Sidedoor down in the ByWard Market.

Their menu consists of tacos, sharing plates and donuts. Can’t really go wrong with that!

table

The restaurant itself is pretty big and seats as many as your party can hold as it used to be a club called Foundation. Lighting, depending on where you are sitting, can be a little dim. (hence the picture quality – it couldn’t focus, sorry!)

Tuna Sashimi with yuzu marmalade and gingered jalepeno

Tuna Sashimi with yuzu marmalade and gingered jalapeno

Even though there are tacos and donuts on the menu it is an Asian fusion theme designed for sharing with your group or date. The fish tacos were my favorite. The picture really didn’t come out, so here is the beef!

tacos

Spicy Beef Tacos

My colleague ordered the green papaya salad, which looked refreshing!

Green Papaya Salad with cashews, mint, Thai basil and crisp taro root

I couldn’t help myself. Anytime I see pork belly on a menu I must eat it. This was super delicious! Gives me ideas for the huge chunk of pork belly in the freezer!

pork belly

Pork Belly Braised in Master Stock with mango salad, cashews and chili lime caramel

Pork Belly Braised in Master Stock with mango salad, cashews and chili lime caramel

Pork Belly Braised in Master Stock with mango salad, cashews and chili lime caramel

Almost everyone at both tables shared a few orders of these dumplings.

Prawn Dumplings with ginger and black vinegar

Prawn Dumplings with ginger and black vinegar

This is a take on Korean BBQ. You take the meat and wrap it with the lettuce adding whatever sauce or pickles you’d like. Tasty and a tad spicy.

Grilled beef served with butter lettuce and house pickles

Grilled beef served with butter lettuce and house pickles

To finish off the meal, we always like something sweet. Luckily, they have a pretty generous donut menu and if you can’t decide or there are just too many of you, they have a sharing plate!

Donut sharing plate: Cinnamon Sugar, White Chocolate with Cranberry, Olivia Chocolate and Chef's favorite.

Donut sharing plate: Cinnamon Sugar, White Chocolate with Cranberry, Olivia Chocolate and Chef’s favorite.

Donut sharing plate: Cinnamon Sugar, White Chocolate with Cranberry, Olivia Chocolate and Chef's favorite.

Donut sharing plate: Cinnamon Sugar, White Chocolate with Cranberry, Olivia Chocolate and Chef’s favorite.

Donut sharing plate: Cinnamon Sugar, White Chocolate with Cranberry, Olivia Chocolate and Chef's favorite.

Donut sharing plate: Cinnamon Sugar, White Chocolate with Cranberry, Olivia Chocolate and Chef’s favorite.

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