You know when you step into a restaurant and know immediately that you’ll be stepping into it again and again? Ahhh this was so one of those occurrences!
My mom and I were in the mood for an evening out (it kept me from going insane due to studying!) and Back Lane had been on my hit list for awhile.
This Hintonburg restaurant that’s been open since 2011 is, in my books, the perfect size; intimate without feeling like you’re rubbing elbows with the people at the table next to you. The decor brings to mind a Parisian cafe with its slightly tarnished feel but it’s well-kept and detailed. Lastly, it manages to have a vibe that makes you feel like you’re at a happening place without any of the pretentiousness that I find to be far-too-often present in restaurants in trendy neighbourhoods.
The service we got was truly above-average. It seemed like our waitress, Stephanie, popped up at the perfect moment the whole evening.
We started with some wine which was on the expensive side (for me at least!) The cheapest glass of red rang in at $12.50 but I was really in the mood so I went for it. They do offer many more affordable beverage options (including really creative homemade soft drinks that I’m curious to try!).The fresh bread and oil that was brought to us shortly after made up for it.
For our mains, we shared a pizza (Cesina) and an Arugula salad. I really appreciated that our plates came pre-split – it’s a small thing but it was nice to have the extra space on our table. The wood-fired pizza had a perfectly thin-but-not-falling-apart crust with a great spicy oil in accompaniment. I would gladly order it again. The salad we found to be a bit bitter but in fairness I think that’s just the nature of certain breeds of arugula. The orange pieces and strong parmagiano did well to off-set it but I probably wouldn’t be too quick to get it a second time.
We had room for dessert alongside our tea (WOO!) and the Heaven’s Lane was calling our names: flourless chocolate brownie with salted cashew ice cream and chunky peanuts. Ohhh friends this was delightful. I won’t say that it was the best dessert I’ve ever had or that I would return to the restaurant just for it, but it hit.the.spot.
All in all, I can’t wait to go back to this place and think it’s a great addition to the Ottawa scene.
Has anyone been there? I’d love to hear your thoughts!