Jambalaya at Fat Tuesday’s in Ottawa
The Cajun restaurant known as Fat Tuesday’s was a fixture in Ottawa’s Byward Market for many years.. I used to visit regularly, for Beer and raw Oysters mostly, but, not long before it disappeared, I paid a visit to sample their Oyster Po’Boy. Unfortunately, for some reason, it was unavailable that night, but they had a Jambalaya on special and I decided to try that instead. It turned out to be a rather unusual interpretation of the Cajun classic, but still ended up being very tasty indeed.
The menu described the dish as containing: ‘Prawns, Andouille Sausage, Smoked Chicken, House Cured Ham, Vegetable Blend, Dirty Rice, and Creole Tomato Sauce.’
I was a bit bemused by the inclusion of Dirty Rice, as this is a whole other Cajun dish in it’s own right but, other than affecting the look of the dish, it worked out pretty nicely.
The appearance, as you can see in the picture above, was not terribly attractive and, in my case, it was made even more stark and uninteresting owing to the omission, at my request, of the huge dollop of sour cream that I saw served on the top of plates being served to other people. I don’t know if anyone does this in Cajun country or not, but it really didn’t appeal to me at all, and I declined it with a bit of a shudder.
Anyway, aside from the looks, this dish was really excellent. The vegetable ingredients were green pepper and onion and there were lots of the shrimp, sausage and chicken. The spicing was really good, with just a touch of heat, and the flavors of the whole mélange were very nicely balanced indeed.
I really don’t know what a native of Louisiana might have to say about the Jambalaya at Fat Tuesday’s, but, despite the rather unfortunate appearance, it tasted as good as any I have made at home, and it was a very satisfying meal.