Whether you live in the west end or are planning to take in an event at Canadian Tire Centre, there is a fun new dining option close at hand. The Bavarian-themed Central Bierhaus quietly opened its doors a few weeks ago but is now inviting the public to join them in celebrating their grand opening this week.
From its alpine-industrial décor to its eclectic menu, there is a lot going on at the Central Bierhaus. Located in the Kanata Centrum complex at the site of the former O'Connor's Pub, the space has been redesigned to give it a funky, welcoming feel that will appeal as much to families as it will to sports fanatics, thanks to the plethora of big screens and diverse menu.
In addition to German-inspired fare such as veal schnitzel, soft pretzels, sauerkraut, hot potato salad and sausages (crafted for the restaurant by North Bay's Bavarian Links), the menu, to be refreshed seasonally, includes a host of other options. Executive chef Chris Juneau, formerly of the Rideau Club, says the focus is on freshly made fare, adding that the regular menu will be supplemented by some creative daily specials.
So far, among the most popular dishes are the aforementioned sausages and schnitzel, as well as the lobster poutine, fresh oysters and a smoked trout salad that is bursting with flavour. The charcuterie boards are such a hit, says Juneau, that he is soon to add a new option, featuring their delicious sausages.
The food is a perfect complement to the many beers on tap, most of which are European although local darlings Ashton Brewing Company and Big Rig Brewery are also featured.
Given that the Ottawa Senators' star right winger Chris Neil is one of the Central Bierhaus' co-owners, it's a safe bet that he might be commandeering the pub's beautiful private dining room for some post game celebrations this year. Neil's partners have great depth of experience in the restaurant business, so here's hoping the Central Bierhaus starts a winning streak that lasts long after this season's playoffs have concluded.