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Supply and Demand

Above: Pickled cauliflower, cucumber and shallots on house-cured rosemary lardo.

Supply and Demand
1335 Wellington St. W., Ottawa

You notice all the little things that Steve and Jennifer Wall are getting so right.”

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It’s not supposed to be this easy for a first-timer. But as one seamlessly executed dish after another – hello, plump ricotta gnudi in a don’t-waste-a-drop emulsion of butter and cooking water – is hoovered up at Supply and Demand, you notice all the little things that Steve and Jennifer Wall, rookie restaurateurs on the fresh side of 30, are getting so right.

The black-and-white bistro in Wellington West, with its seahorse wallpaper and mirrored shields, evokes an effortlessly stylish Frenchwoman from that country’s oyster-loving Atlantic coast. Chef Steve Wall’s one-page menu – he cooks, she waits tables – showcases seafood that belies our landlocked position. Meaty, coppery slices of albacore crudo sparkle beneath puffed rice, baby cilantro and a whisper of truffle oil. A sprightly chili-mint sauce elevates a squid ink rigatoni paired with golf- ball-size tuna-and-prosciutto meatballs.

Steve and Jennifer Wall of Supply and Demand

Rookie restaurateurs Steve and Jennifer Wall at the bar of their seafood-driven bistro.

The bookish staff in plaids and designer eyewear has pacing down to an art, bringing a best-in class kale salad split into two halves, each topped with its own snow cap of grated Manchego, without us even having to ask. As with the scallop shell on the tip of the flatware, it’s the little things.

When a grinning Jen Wall arrives with an impeccable pavlova, the baked meringue dessert my mother makes me on my birthday (banana and caramel next year please, mom) and the Beatles song that played at my wedding fills the room, I’m beaming. As Paul sings, got to get you into my life. On the supply side, let’s hope I can still book a table next time.


  • Heather Brown October 24, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Fabulous review for incredibly fresh and delicious food from a passionate hardworking couple and their loyal team. They understand food and also show an artistic flare for presentation. Congratulations Steve and Jen.

  • Stephan and Laura October 25, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    O-town boy and Vancity girl loved the local foodie scene when we were living in Westboro this past year. Supply and Demand soon became our favourite, at the bar or cozy table for two. Great service (thanks Jesse!) and non-stop WOW factor for flavours, combinations and presentation of each dish. Congratulations… and please always keep the ricotta gnudi and kale salad on your menu 🙂 We will be back!

  • Poppy October 26, 2013 at 11:01 am

    I couldn’t be happier that Supply and Demand made the list of Best new restaurants! Well deserved! Congratulations Jenny and Steve!

  • Ralph J-Pix October 28, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Congrats Supply and Demand team!

    Every time that I have the chance to go, I always have an amazing time and service.

    This is a well-deserved title, enjoy and congrats again!

  • Pajer November 5, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    You have to try this place. You WILL LOVE IT. Seriously. Absolutely delicious unique plates. Congrats S&D !

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