Mystery Dinner: Sunfield in Ottawa is a great destination when you want comfort

Noble Horvath

Menu features several homemade options Sometimes you want a homemade, comfort dinner, but you don’t want to cook. That’s when I find myself visiting Sunfield Restaurant in Ottawa. With an extensive menu, Sunfield runs the gamut of entrees from breakfast at all hours, to pastas, to rib-eyes and pork chops […]

Menu features several homemade options

Sometimes you want a homemade, comfort dinner, but you don’t want to cook.

That’s when I find myself visiting Sunfield Restaurant in Ottawa.

With an extensive menu, Sunfield runs the gamut of entrees from breakfast at all hours, to pastas, to rib-eyes and pork chops or burgers and sandwiches. It’s not often I order the same item twice in a row at Sunfield – and that’s a testament to the number of quality dinners they feature.

A blackboard of daily specials greets customers at the entrance.

There is a favorite I return to time and time again – the smothered chicken ($12.99). This dish features two seasoned chicken breasts topped with sauteed mushrooms, green and red peppers, and onions, all smothered with mozzarella cheese.

The dinner comes with a choice of potato and soup or salad.

It’s hard to pass up any of Sunfield’s cream-based soups. The cream of chicken soup is one of the best in the area, and so is its potato soup. If you dine in, a basket of bread and crackers is placed at your table to start your meal.

My dinner companion ordered a hot turkey sandwich, which is served on white bread and topped with mashed potatoes and gravy ($8.99). It also comes with a choice of soup or salad.

Sunfield’s menu has a little bit of everything. Other favorites are chicken Parmesan, the Tuscan shrimp linguine, the 12-ounce rib-eye steak garnished with onion rings, the homemade meatloaf, or a Monte Cristo sandwich (ham, turkey and Swiss on French toast).

The restaurant serves up saganaki, which is flaming Fontinella cheese with fresh pita. Anyone who orders this grabs the attention of the dining room as the appetizer is lit on fire and the waiter or waitress bellows out “Opa!”

The dessert menu is full of good stuff, such as the Boston creme pie, carrot cake, root beer floats, banana splits and sundaes. I opted for the Kentucky bourbon pecan pie ($4.99), which is best served up hot, a la mode.

Still taking it cautiously during the pandemic, we opted for a carryout, scanning the full menu online at www.sunfieldrestaurantil.com and then dialing in our order.

The indoor dining room is spacious, however, and able to accommodate a number of people and keep them socially distanced. Sunfield has dining rooms to each side of its entrance as well as a banquet room for parties or overflow.

Sunfield is a great destination for families, or anyone seeking homemade, comfort food.

• The Mystery Diner is an employee at Shaw Media. The diner’s identity is not revealed to restaurant staff when ordering or picking up the food. If the Mystery Diner cannot recommend the establishment, we will not publish a story.

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