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Sep 30, 2006 05:26 AM

Ottawa restaurants near Elgin & Somerset

Hi, all

coming to ottawa for traing this week. stay in Lord Elgin Hotel from monday to friday. i won't have access to car. can you suggest some restaurants in walking distance ( inexpensive to mid-rand price)? i love spicy food and beers.

thank you all.

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  1. Just down Elgin street (about 5 blocks south at 370 Elgin) is the Manx pub. They have good food and a great selection of beers. There are quite a few restaurants down the Elgin strip. You are in the heart of downtown and if you search previous threads there are many restaurants that are within walking distance.

    Enjoy your stay.


    1. There are few good restaurants that are close to Lord Elgin:

      1. Genji Japanese Restaurant - on Lisgar (between Metcalfe & Elgin) - recommend that you try the set dinner with Sapporo beer. Price is very reasonable.
      2. Second Cup for coffee - corner of Elgin and Lisgar
      3. Johnny Farina Italian restaurant - on Elgin

      All within walking distance!

      1. You're also fairly close to the Byward Market. Not always the greatest food, but its worth taking a walk over some evening. Cut through Major's Hill Park on the way if the weather is good, some great views of the River and Parliament.

        I like The Black Tomato on George St. There's been some contentious back and forth about it on this board and the service is sometimes not the greatest, but the food is pretty good and it has a nice atmosphere. I like their beer selection too.

        There's a great coffee place, Planet Coffee, tucked behind it in a alley way. Always seems to smell like fresh cookies and they make an amazing Chai latte.

        Another favourite is Memories, at the corner of Sussex and Clarence. It specializes in more lighter fare (really good sandwiches) and wonderful desserts.

        I also second the recommendation for the Manx. Its great.

        1. A 10-minute walk down to 280 Metcalfe will bring you to a real Ottawa institution, the Colonnade Pizza joint. Canada's best non-gourmet pizza, with generous cheese that actually has a taste not that gloppy flavourless mozz so beloved of PizzaPizza and similar travesties ! The service is friendly, the two large rooms turn over quickly, there is lots of choice beyond pizza and the tab is very moderate.

          1. Nothing in ottawa is very far! In the spicier food department, all within walking distance try:
            Sri Lankan: Ceylonta (downtown)
            Trai: Khao Thai (market)
            Mexican: Ahora (market)
            Sushi (okay, not really spicey, but you can load on the wasabi and ginger): Gengi (downtown) or Wasabi (market).

            Enjoy your trip!