Fauna Food + Bar
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fauna is about the things we love: eating and drinking with friends and family in a fun space. Our menu is seasonally driven and we support local farmers and producers wherever possible. We love the neighborhood and the space and are so happy to be open in Centretown.
We like to have fun in the kitchen. We serve both small and full sized plates so you can try more than one dish. We use local ingredients wherever possible. We’re inspired by where we live, places we’ve been and things we’d like to do.
We enjoy drinking while we eat and will offer a wine and cocktail menu with local drafts. We'll stay open later in the evening Thursday-Saturday for drinks and late night bites...
A lot of love went into designing the space. We spent 2 years designing, sourcing products, and renovating 425 Bank Street. We wanted to take the concept of using sustainable and local products into the design as well. We have worked with some amazing professionals, vendors, and producers including Linebox Studios who designed the space, Inter_ex our General Contractor, Interversion in Montreal who made all of the tables and banquette (in Drummondville, Quebec), the Modern Shop on Sussex who helped us with our lights and downstairs tables, a Modern Space on Wellington helped us with our amazingly comfortable chairs and bar stools, Gusto Metalworks, who built our beautiful Zinc bar and Le Collectif Design who did an amazing job with our icons and branding. There are a ton of talented people around us and we have loved working with them to make fauna what it is. We also have a private room that is available and can seat 20 people (if you’re interested, give us a shout at 613.563.2862 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
425 Bank Street
Bar open late
There is street parking on Bank Street and surrounding streets (Frank, Florence, Waverley)
There is a paid parking lot on Frank Street (East of Bank)
We are accessible by many bus routes. Best thing to do is check OC Transpo
by the glass
Sidre (cider)* | Eric Bordelet, "Brut Tendre," Demi-Sec, France NV
Crement du Jura | Domaine Baud, France NV
white/ rose / orange
Folle Blanche* | Vincent Caile, "la part du Colibri" Fra. 2014
Pinot Grigio* | Venica, "Jesera,", Colio, Ita. 2015
Reisling | Trail Estate, No sulphur / barrel fermented, PEC Ont, 2015
Chardonnay * | Pearl Morissette, "Cuvee D'une Nuit," Niagara Ont 2012
Savagnin / Chardonnay | Comaine Baud, Cotes du Jura, Fra. 2012 Gual* | Vinaigo, Canary Islands, Spain, 2015 Rose | Norman Hardie, PEC Ontario 2015
Cinsault*|Frederic Brouca, "Laurel Seulle," France 2015
Cotes dy Jura* | Jean Bourdy, France 2012
Caberent Franc* | Pearl Morissette, "Cuvee Metis," Niagara 2014
Cote du Rhone | Les Arnevels, France 2014
Malbec* | Chateau Les Croisille, "Le Croizillon," Cahors, France 2014
Claeret* | Bonny Doon Vineyard, California, 2014 Bergerac* | Chateau Barouillet, France, 2015
* organic / biodynamic / natural wines
by the bottle
Bourgogne | Camile Giroud, Burgundy, Fra. 2013
Pinot Noir | Thirty Bench, Niagara, Ont. 2013
Mercurey | 1er Cru, Champs Martin, Burgundy, Fra. 2013
Chambolle-Musingny | Burgundy, Fra. 2001
Gevrey-Chambertin,| 1er Cru, Domaine Faiveley, Fra. 1998
Cabernet Franc | Stratus, Niagara, Ont. 2012
Gamay | North Shore Project, Niagara, Ont. 2014
Zweigelt | Norm Hardie, Fauna Cuveé, PEC, Ont. 2013
Gamay Noir | Malivoire, Courtney, Niagara 2012
Syrah/Grenache | Jean-Paul Cuveé, Rhone Fra. 2013
Chianti Classico | Verrazzano, Tuscany, Ita. 2012
Teroldego | Foradori, Vigneti Delle Dolomiti, Ita. 2013
Cote Rotie | Patrick Jasmin, Rhone, Fra. 2012
Rosso di Montalcino | La Palazzetta, It. 2013
Cab/Cinsault/Carignon | Chateau Musar, Lebanon, 2004
Malbec | Decero, Remolinas, Mendoza, Argentina 2012
Cabernet Sauvignon | Heitz Cellars, Napa, Cali. 2002
Brunello Di Montalcino | Barbi, Ita. 2004
Syrah | Hedges, Marcel Dupont, Red Mtn, Wash. 2012
Barolo | Fontanafredda, La Rossa, Piedmont, Ita. 1997
Champagne | Louise Brison, Brut, 2008
Champagne, | Louise Brison, Brut, 2009
Champagne, | Bruno Paillard, 1er Cuvée Fra.
Champagne | Bruno Paillard, 1er Cuvée Rosé Fra.
Champagne, | Bruno Paillard, Assemblage, Fra. 2004
Gruner Veltliner | Steininger, Austria, NV
Lambrusco Grasparassa | Villa di Carlo, Ita. 2014
BY THE BOTTLE
white / rose
Soave Classico | Montresor, Capital Alto, 2013
Pinot Grigio | Forchir, Friuli, Ita. 2014
Gascogne | Jean-Paul Cuvée, Fra. 2014
Pinot Gris | Grange of Prince Edward, PEC Ont. 2013
Toscana Rosato | Biondi-Santi, Montalcino, Ita. 2011
Sancerre | Alain Gueneau, La Guiberte, Loire Fra. 2013
Riesling | Cave Spring, CSV, Beamsville, Ont. 05/06/07/08
Pinot Noir Rosé | Domaine Queylus, Niagara, Ont.
Assyrtiko | Gaia, Wild Ferment, Santorini, Greece 2014
Chablis | 1er Cru, Patrick Piuze, Les Forets, Burgundy, Fra.
Chablis | 1er Cru, Patrick Piuze, Butteaux, Burgundy, Fra.
Chablis | Grand Cru, Patrick Piuze, Bourgros, Burgundy, Fra.
Verdicchio di Matelica | La Monacesca, "Mirum 20" Ita. 2008
Chablis | Jean Marc Brocard, Burgundy, Fra. 2012
Mercurey | Faiveley, Burgundy, Fra. 2010
Savennieres | Domaine aux Moines, Fra. 1992/98/99/2013
Vouvray | Chateau Gaudrelle, Loire, Fra. 2013
Chardonnay | Cave Spring, "Estate" Niagara Ont. 2003
Chardonnay | Kin Vineyards, Niagara, Ont. 2014
Chardonnay | Closson Chase, “South Clos” PEC, Ont. 2013
Puligny-Montrachet | Hubert Lamy, "Les Tremblots," Burg, Fra. 2013
biodynamic, natural reds
Beaujolais | Chateau Chambon, Fra. 2014
Sancerre Rouge | Jean-Paul Picard, Loire, Fra. 2013
Bourgogne | Domaine Alain Burguet, Burgundy, Fra. 2013
Vanse-Romanee | Domaine Vigot, Burgundy, Fra. 2013
Pinot Noir | Enderle & Moll, Baden, Ger. 2011
Morey Saint Denis | Arlaud, "Clos Solon" Burgundy, Fra. 2013
Arbois Pupillin | Phillipe Bornard, "L'Aide-memoire" Jura, Fra. 2013
Pinot Noir | Cab Franc, Pearl Morisette, "Cuvée Metis", Niagara 2013
Anjou | Domaine des Chesnaies, Loire, Fra. 2012
Saumur Champigny | Domaine des Roches Neuves, Loire, Fra. 2014
Cabernet Franc | Norman Hardie, "Sans Soufre," PEC, Ont. 2013
Carignan | Domain Jorel, Vin de France, 2012
Carignan | Louis-Antoine Luyt, "Legno Duro" Chile 2014
Faugères |Frédéric Brouca, Languedoc, Fra. 2012
Listán Negro | Suertes del Marqués, "La Solana" Can Isl, Spain 2013
Bergerac | Chateau Barouillet, Fra. 2014
Saint Chinian | Yannick Pelletier, "L'Oiselet," Fra. 2013
Saint Chinian | Yannick Pelletier, "Coccigrues," Fra. 2012
Cabernet Sauvignon | Movia, Slovenia, 2011
Canon-Fronsac | Chateau Moulin Pey-Labrie, Bordeaux, Fra. 2005
BIODYNAMIC, NATuRAL WHITES
Bianco Toscano | Fattproa di Sammontano, Ita. 2014
Gruner Veltliner | Loimer, Kamptal, Austria, 2014
Sauvignon blanc/gris | Isabelle Charles & Frank Pascal, Fra. 2013
Vouvray | Gauthier, Loire, Fra. 2013
Viognier/Roussanne |Herve Souhaut, Rhone, Fra. 2014
Macabeu/Garnatxa | Sara Perez & Rene Barbier, "Dido" Spain 2013
Chardonnay | Tawse, "Quarry Road," Niagara, Ont, 2014
Cotes du Jura | Jean Bourdy, Fra. 2009
Cotes du Jura Savagnin | Philippe Bornard, "Les Marnes, Fra. 2011
Arbois | Benedicte & Stephane Tissot, "Patchwork," Jura, Fra. 2014
Chardonnay | Matthiasson, Napa, California, 2014
Manzoni Bianco| Foradori, Dolomiti, Ita. 2014
Riesling | Rotling, Enderle & Moll, Baden, Ger. 2013
Grencanico | COS, "Pithos Bianco," Terre Siciliane, Ita. 2013
Reserve our Private Room
We have a private room that is available and can seat up to 24 people. If you're interested, give us a shout at 613.563.2862 or email@example.com
jon svazas - Chef & Owner
Jon has spent the last 12 years working in kitchens all over Ottawa including Taylor’s Genuine Food and Wine, Domus Cafe, Farbs, Vittoria Trattoria and the Arc Hotel. Jon is happiest in the kitchen and hanging out with his family. He has spent the last two years on the insane process of opening the restaurant and is happy to be open and cooking for you.
Billy Khoo - Chef de Cuisine & partner
Billy was born in Malaysia and raised in Ottawa. He started his culinary career very young from helping out in the kitchen of his parents restaurant. At a local hotel, he worked his way up from dishwashing to sous chef. He then went on to pursue his passion of fresh and local produce at Taylor's Genuine food and wine bar where he met Jon Svazas and Doug Parsonage. Billy utilizes culinary techniques from his asian background as well as from french training from the hotel. In his few hours off, Billy enjoys film and wine with friends.
Alex McMahon - m.i.a /wine director
Alex was last seen at the Ottawa international airport in late summer boarding a flight to Peru with the goal of finding some of the lost grape varietals of the Incan Empire, possibly the largest empire in the world in the early 16th century. His destination was the Cuzco / Sacred Valley which is also home to Machu Pichu which some say was constructed for Pachacuti the Inca emperor between 1438 - 1472. Others (about 7 or 8 people in total) say it was a sacred meeting places used bi-annually during the spring and fall solstice celebrations of the now lost grape varietals used for the wines consumed during sacrificial offerings and but primarily for the Royal Feast of the Sun held at Inti Mach'ay a special cave which was constructed to only allow sunlight into it the cave during several days around the December solstice. There is definitive evidence that Alex arrived at his destination and completed his trek to Machu Pichu and the sacred cave in late October but soon after contact diminished and within days it had completely gone dark. The last unofficial siting / unconfirmed contact was in mid to late November when indigenous Peruvians began to speak of a number of gatherings high in the mountains and of epic wines paired with sumptuous alpaca and llamas dishes as well as some fine guinea pig canapes. In recent weeks the stories have increased but at this time only second and third hand accounts at best have filtered back to us. Bizarrely the most recent reports also indicate that he is travelling with a larger than average sized flightless rhea, a large ratite native to South America and related to the ostrich and emu which are the number one and number two largest living birds on the planet. Although missed greatly for about two, two and a half weeks tops, we at Fauna truly believe that Alex has found what he is or was looking for and if not dead or heavily sedated is mostly likely having the time of his life. Others say that he is back in Ottawa working at Riviera... but this has yet to be verified either as none of the staff here have had the time to call his cell phone which is apparently still active or venture on the 1.5 to 1.6 kilometre trek due to the harsh conditions, the onset of winter, and the general lack of time or ambition to check. To Alex we raise a glass of ... something organic and biodynamic... until we meet again.
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