OTTAWA: 3 days 3 nights and in need of restaurant and pub recos
I will be in Ottawa Monday through Thursday this week and would love to hear your ideas about where I must eat, drink and be merry while in your city. I am on an expense account, so, while I don't want to sound boorish, money won't be an issue. that said, most expensive is often least interesting,and I really love those little spots talented chefs open when they break free from the 5-star palace.
I enjoy Japanese, Italian, Indian, French, and North American. A good English pub is impt to know about, as is the evening music scene during the week. Can someone fill me in please?
The Montreal Beachbum
Don't pass up the Manx pub in between Somerset and Catherine on Elgin for a nice scotch and maybe a quick bite. I lived in Ottawa (unfortunately?) for 2 years, and this was my one sanctuary. The food is well above average for pub food (i highly recommend the curry). The brunch is great and it is a *real* pub, not the form factor sports bar that calls itself a pub. Their beer list is great, excellent scotch selection and the place is cozy and "happening",also er, there is this one realllllly cute waitress, but i'll save that story for another time.
It has very limited seating, but worth the wait for a table.
370 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K2P, CA
Hey SM, a late entry, I sent these to my mom the other day after searching the boards for tips for her since she lives in Ottawa, a few repeats but check 'em out...
-Signatures by Le Cordon Bleu Paris: www.lcbottawa.com/English/signatures/index.cfm
-The Wellington Gastropub: www.thewellingtongastropub.com
-Sweet Basil & Anna Thai: www.thaitaste.ca/sb/index.html
-Nokham Thai: www.restaurantica.com/restaurants/3561/
-Les Fougères: www.fougeres.ca
Beckta is great, but I've always like Stella as well. Good food, nice ambiance & there's a great place across the street (don't remember what it's called, but there's stone on the facade I think) for drinks afterward.
Ottawa, Ottawa, ON , CA
I like The Works, too, for fun burgers and shakes.
If you're looking for something fancier, and you have time for a run out to Kanata (about a half hour from downtown), I've had some very good meals at Perspectives in the Brookstreet Hotel - both from the menu and several chef's tasting menus.