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Young chef Walid El-Tawel returns to Ottawa to help open a new Fairouz
April 8, 2019 – 05:52 am
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cook Walid El Tawel from Eighteen prepares Rack of Lamb with yoghurt, Ratatouille with levels of egg-plant, purple pepper and zucchini and also the almost meal is Sous Vide crazy Boar and Boar Shank served with apple puree and among other things, wintertime mushrooms for review.Walid El-Tawel, the former administrator cook at Restaurant E18hteen, is coming back from Toronto to Ottawa to greatly help launch the brand new restaurant Fairouz.

The brand new Fairouz, which its owners state will “bring upscale everyday Middle Eastern cuisine toward money, ” took its name from the premier Lebanese eatery that was open on Somerset Street West through the 1990s and in to the mid-2000s.

If all goes really, the brand new Fairouz will open this spring, at 343 Somerset St. W., the address regarding the old Fairouz. The target ended up being recently occupied by the now shut Celtic Cross Irish Pub and Eatery.

“This is going to be a proper adventure of flavours and culture. I’m cooking from my roots, ” says El-Tawel, 29.

Produced in Abu Dhabi when you look at the United Arab Emirates to a Brit mom and Palestinian dad, El-Tawel is a 2006 graduate of Algonquin university culinary arts system. He invested four years at E18hteen before becoming known as manager chef in May 2012.

He left Ottawa three-years ago to help available Montecito Restaurant on Toronto’s Adelaide Street therefore the restaurant on Agha Khan Museum in Toronto.

“The time We have invested in Toronto has reaffirmed the feeling that this is the meals that basically tends to make me happy and this is the food I’m destined to do. Ottawa doesn't have something such as this yet and being the pioneer is hard but extremely satisfying.

“The old Fairouz ended up being an incredible restaurant where you can get to get a very home-style center Eastern meal with great flavours. They actually were performing some thing right. It was austere and flavourful. The brand new Fairouz will be a lot like this new Star Wars.

“The brand new Fairouz in 2016 is directed by a younger generation and it is probably have got all the modern variations in illustrations (much more existing plating and styles) and technology (some sous vide and what perhaps not).” Also, El-Tawel will grow all his natural herbs and micro-greens in-house.

The newest restaurant’s owners are Dr. Hussain Rahal, an Ottawa hair-transplant physician whoever household launched the original Fairouz and which worked at that restaurant, and Tony Garcia, director of scholastic operations on center for hospitality and culinary arts at George Brown College.

“whenever Tony and I also had been placing our programs together, we decided to reuse the ‘Fairouz’ name, because to this day, past clients remember the restaurant fondly, ” stated Rahal. “By reusing title hopefully it will favorably resonate with anyone who has missed the great food.”

The restaurant’s inside will be created by Kayla Pongrac, who styled the appearances of the Clarence Street restaurants Ace Mercado and Tomo. Pongrac says that Fairouz, this means turquoise in Arabic, are “an environment rich with texture but free from clutter. A raw, basic palette where in actuality the food brings the taste. The decorative elements evoke old worlds and a golden age.”

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