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Ottawa - dinner on a Sunday night

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I'll be in Ottawa this Sunday, Sept. 10th and need to know where to go for dinner. Someone suggested Beckta, but it doesn't really appeal to me... That being said, I'm looking for something that
is downtown, with great food and a good wine list - a place where the hipsters from Ottawa would eat, if they in fact live in Ottawa!
Any ideas?

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  1. Though not RIGHT downtown, and perhaps not filled with "hipsters", I like Allium in Westboro for a nice meal in Ottawa. I can't recall offhand if it's open Sundays or not.

    1. I was happy with my dinner at Domus a week ago... fresh market cuisine. Here is their dinner menu: http://www.domuscafe.ca/dinnermenu.htm
      It was close to a full house on a Monday night.

      1. Although only a small number of us, there are some hipsters in Ottawa. In my opinion, the hottest place to eat in Ottawa right now is Whalesbone on Bank at Gladstone. It's an oyster bar with a fantastic menu, even if you are not an oyster fan. The small number of tables, the record player behind the bar with a good selection of vinyl and the freshly grated horse radish, all make for a fun, worthwhile experience.

        1. I second the suggestion of Whalesbone. They source the oysters for Beckta, the last time I went my companion and I had a dinner of basically oysters, a foie gras appetizer, and dessert (hey, most of the food groups were represented!). Surprisingly, the steak frites appears to be one of the most popular dishes there, so it would seem that this oyster bar also does up a mean steak!


          1. Sorry to hear Beckta doesn't appeal. It really is a fave. If you are looking for something more "hipster"ish with a decent winelist try eighteen.

            Be forewarned though, on a Sunday night most of Ottawa will be pretty quiet, no matter where you dine.

            1. I would also suggest Luxe in the Market. Good food, not great but very tasty. On a Sunday, you won`t find much in Ottawa

              1. A suggestion across the river. Par-fyum (www.par-fyum.com)

                Beckta's chef, Stephen Vardy is joining them but I think it's later in the month, there was a recent article in the local paper. It's a cheap cab from downtown and a nice, a little long, walk back after dinner.

                I've been twice, the service is understatedly wonderful, a rare find in these parts. The website is very comprehensive. Enjoy.

                I wouldn't bother with the Market, anywhere.

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                1. re: racsanfran

                  I have only been to par-fyum once and deliberately have not made a return trip. I ordered a chowder for a starter and the tenderloin for dinner. Neither offering was terrible but I was disappointed that both were unimaginative and boring. On the positive side, the wine list is comprehensive and they have a sommelier on staff to help you decide. I would wait until Vardy has arrived and implemented a new menu before trying par-fyum again.

                2. I'd say Fresco on Elgin, or Kinki in the market. Both are good - not the best, but enjoyable - and somewhat of a scene.