Where to eat in Ottawa?
We will be spending 3 or 4 days in Ottawa in mid August. I'd love some suggestions? While we have a moderate preference for French and Italian, we will eat anywhere as long as it is quite good.
Thanks in advance!
We will also be in Canton, New York for a few days, in case anyone knows of a good spot there.
Domus and Becktar are good high end options, as mentioned by yazter.
For cheap eats, go to Shawarma Palace located at 464 Rideau Street for an amazing shawarma. And you must have poutine from one of the local chip trucks. They're parked downtown in a few places. If you have the time, go to Pataterie Hulloise (google it). check this link for what it offers (if you're into it):
It's a little Mundane but I learned to love the Works burger chain in Ottawa. It's not cheap (for a burger place) but the portions are large (and good) and isn't silly/pretentious as most burger oriented places in Toronto (not to mention it has a larger selection).
Beckta is always a great suggestion.
For casual food and interesting beer and music try the Black Tomato in the market. The courtyard patio is nice.
I second Bekta for something a little more special.
By coincidence, I was at Sweetgrass on Saturday night too. I had been wanting to try the place for some time, and unfortunately we wound up having a very uneven experience. I think there was something seriously wrong in the kitchen, and once the wheels fell off, they had a hard time recovering. That said, I had the chili-rubbed roasted bison marrow that was delicious, and unlike anything else I have had before. Like placet, I also had the lingcod, and it was very rich and satisfying.
Now for the not-so-good. The rolls that came before the appetizers were dry and tough. When the appetizers came, three were delivered a good 5 minutes before the fourth arrived at the table. After we finished our appetizers, we waited well over an hour, probably 90 minutes, for our mains. At one point, one of the servers explained that the kitchen had run out of pasta that was part of one of the mains. She offered the chance to order another dish, but said that it would only take them 5 minutes to make more pasta. My friend stuck with the pasta and prawns dish she had originally ordered, and we did not get our mains until over 30 minutes later. One of our party is vegetarian, and was pleased with his meal, but my wife ordered the lamb loin, which to my eye was unappetizingly underdone (i.e., raw, not rare), and she found it to be very bland.
After we finished our mains, we were afraid to order dessert, and the server graciously removed the appetizers from our bill. I overheard them taking things off other patrons' bills as well, so we were not the only table affected.
The service was very pleasant, and we made sure to tip on the full amount of the bill for that reason. From everything that I have heard about this place, I truly hope that we were just there at the wrong time, but it really was a shambles.