Toronto Hounds spending a week in Ottawa
My wife and I are spending a week in Ottawa in September. Any suggestions? We are open to all food types and ranges. We are thinking at least one high end dinner, but we are flexible.
Thanks in advance.
is a good basis for your search for Ottawa chow. However, it doesn't encompass the entire range of places in Ottawa. In addition to those places I enjoy The French Baker on Murray Street (as well as a gelato place on the same street) for good pastries (and an excellent Chocolatine that I still remember fondly). There are also a number of interesting restaurants/food shops on the Richmond Rd. stretch centered around Churchill and further east.
Definitely second the French Baker. Fantastic croissants.
Lots of good Thai options in Ottawa, too... Royal Thai in the market (Dalhousie at Murray) is very hearty fare. It lacks the subtlety of many other Thai restaurants but I really enjoy it as this isn't something I've ever seen done at other restaurants, at least with amy kind of quality. Sweet Basil, down on Bank street at Huron, is out of this world.
Don't miss the things that Ottawa does very well as a whole, either, like shawarma, which you must try. I've also had great Indian in Ottawa at Taj of India or New Nupur, both on Bank street.
Check out http://www.ottawafoodies.com for more tips. The people there are great.
my mum and i spent a weekend in ottawa in june to attend a japanese cooking course at the cordon bleu (which was only ok, i prefer calphalon here.) we LOVED our experience at beckta. the service was excellent and the food was delicious. we did the tasting menu and i would definitely reco it. we also had dinner at domus based on reco's from this board and the chef winning various awards. it was very nice, but beckta was a hard act to follow. we had brunch at benny's bistro and it was really, really good. http://www.bennysbistro.ca/ (i had the Triple cream brie stuffed french toast with a roasted rhubarb, strawberry & vanilla bean compote $14...my mom had the Savoury marscapone and chèvre cheesecake with organic baby greens,
scallions, toasted almonds, strawberry and white balsamic vinaigrette $13)
domus is without a doubt the best meal I have had in ottawa, actually one of the best meals I have had all year.