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 small 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
Cider* | Coat Albret, Brittany, Fra. NV
Blanc de Blanc | Nicholas Pearce, PEC, Ont. 2013
Gruner Veltiner* | Steininger, Austria NV
Soave Classico | Montresor, "Capital Alto" Ita. 2013
Chablis | Patrick Piuze, Burgundy, Fra. 2014
Chenin Blanc* | Domaine des Chesnaires, Fra. 2009
Pinot Noir* | Tesch, "Deep Blue", Ger. 2014
Inzolla/Grecanico* | Cos "Rami" Ita. 2013 (orange)
Beaujolais*|Chateau Chambon, Fra. 2014
Sancerre Rouge* | Jean-Paul Picard, Loire, Fra. 2013
Pinot Noir/Cab Franc* |Pearl Morrisette, Niagara 2013
Zweigelt | Norm Hardie, "Fauna Cuvee" PEC, Ont. 2013
Syrah/Grenache* | Domaine de Guichard, Fra. 2012
Cabernet Sauvignon | Graceland, South Africa 2014
* 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, NAUTRUAL 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
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 - wine director
Alex McMahon’s interest in restaurants began in 2009 when he took a job as a dishwasher at Murray Street Kitchen, Wine and Charcuterie in Ottawa. After a brief stint in the kitchen at John Taylor’s Domus café he moved along to Beckta Dining and Wine where he got his start in hospitality and developed a love for wine. McMahon’s next position was as assistant sommelier at Back Lane café where he worked under sommelier Paul Tretina and owner George Monsour. After achieving his intermediate and advanced sommelier certificates from the WSET Alex took sales jobs with Karlo Estates and Malivoire Winery where he worked up until leaving to help open Chef Matt Carmichael’s hugely popular El Camino in 2013. Shortly after opening fauna in 2014 Alex was invited to intern at Chef René Redzepi's Noma in Copenhagan DK.
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