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howdydoody Mar 30, 2009 01:48 PM

I'm in town and Zagats does not have any ratings here. Any suggestions? Diner time is very soon.

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    phoenikia Mar 30, 2009 02:05 PM

    check out this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5870...

    Domus is my favourite restaurant in Ottawa.

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    Domus
    85 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N5M5, CA

    1. Splendid Wine Snob Mar 30, 2009 02:11 PM

      Price range? Location?

      My fav is Wellington Gastropub.

      Beckta for really high end fine dining, then there's their new sister resto (small plates) called "Play" which I haven't tried yet.

      Domus gets a lot of love in Ottawa too. And there's Black Cat.

      Here's some links:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/596932
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/587009
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/596890
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/593076
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/596873

      SWS

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      1. re: Splendid Wine Snob
        grandgourmand Mar 31, 2009 09:45 AM

        I've heard some good stuff about Play from my friends in Ottawa. Good food, good value, etc.

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          Shattered May 19, 2009 10:28 AM

          I'll second Wellington Gastropub. A fantastic addition to the Ottawa restaurant scene.
          La Roma has been a family favourite for years. Amazing food, amazing service, and comparatively amazing prices.

          Some of my other faves are Mandarin Court for Szechuan (on Baseline), Golden Palace for Cantonese-style Chinese (on Carling), and Royal Thai in the market.

          I grew up in Ottawa, and those are the places I always try to hit at least every couple years between my trips back.

          Cactus Grill always satisfies too, for a fun place in the Market with really good Mexi/burgers/ribs grub.

          1. re: Shattered
            vorpal Jun 4, 2009 01:54 PM

            Be warned: Royal Thai has gone, according to many people I've spoken to and my own personal experiences, way downhill in the last few months. It's a shame, really, because it used to be decent.

            I also don't mean to slam your opinion, but are you referring perchance to the Blue Cactus Bar and Grill? Perhaps it used to be good, but according to the ratings over at OttawaFoodies.com, it's the lowest rated restaurant in the Ottawa region, so I don't think it can (at least now) be recommended.

            I definitely would recommend Sweetgrass Aboriginal Bistro. Amazing, amazing food.

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              phoenikia Jun 4, 2009 02:12 PM

              What do you like the most at Sweetgrass, vorpal?

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                vorpal Jun 4, 2009 07:58 PM

                The wild boar belly was absolutely divine, although the portion was small. I also adored the rabbit dumplings and the Navajo Frybread.

                As for mains, I ordered the grilled buffalo and my dinner companion the duck leg. While we both found our entrees to be beautifully prepared, we ended up trading. I'm eager to return soon to try other things on the menu.

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                  phoenikia Jun 8, 2009 06:50 AM

                  Thanks for your quick response, vorpal. Sounds great.

          2. re: Splendid Wine Snob
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            phoenikia Jun 4, 2009 09:10 AM

            What are your favourite dishes at Wellington Gastropub, SWS & Shattered?

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              Splendid Wine Snob Jun 4, 2009 02:45 PM

              The menu changes daily at the Welly so I can't say I ever had anything twice there. Some of the best dishes I had included scallops, and a beautifully grilled fresh trout.
              The service is really really lovely, honest and real.

              1. re: phoenikia
                Splendid Wine Snob Jun 4, 2009 02:54 PM

                Almost forgot: Be SURE to try the homemade ice cream at the Wellington. Holy cow its GOOD (and I'm an ice cream snob too!) :)

                1. re: Splendid Wine Snob
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                  Bob Mac Jun 5, 2009 09:30 AM

                  phoenikia/SWS:

                  Had a quick visit to Ottawa earlier in the week and popped into the Wellington Gastro-Pub for dinner Wednesday night. Another excellent meal, marinated albacore tuna to start and the main course of grilled pickerel. Both were excellent.

                  As you said, SWS, excellent/honest service this time from Nathan and Adam as I as is usually the case when I am dining solo, I sat up at their bar. The head waiter I remember from Beckta was eating there as well.

                  As is usually the case I enjoyed their interesting wine selections and speaking with Shane. Did not get a chance to speak with Chris as they were quite busy.

                  If you get a chance and they have tartare on the menu, treat yourself as the kitchen does it very well.

                  Also enjoy Beckta, Benitz Bistro, Whale Bones, Navarra, Murray Street, Domus and Stella but this was an "in one night, and back out the next trip" so did not have the time to check any other spots....next trip.

                  Would like to try Atelier and Beckta's new place.

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                    phoenikia Jun 8, 2009 06:52 AM

                    Thanks for your comments, Bob Mac. Much appreciated.

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              dubchild May 19, 2009 10:42 AM

              I recently ate at Fraser's cafe, Bekta, and Atelier. Fraser's was by far the best and the most reasonable. Bekta put in a lot of effort, but didn't deliver on the food. They do have a great cheese sommelier (or maitre fromager, if you prefer). Bekta is known for their sommelier/owner who made a name for himself in NYC. I didn't find the pairings, with our tasting menu, to be exceptional. That said Fraser's has a very limited wine list.

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                rhchowder May 19, 2009 10:56 AM

                Signature Restaurant at Le Cordon Bleu for fine dining. It is one of the few 5-diamond restaurant rated by CAA. I've been there several time for their tasting menu and was always pleasantly surprise. Price is ~$150 / person with wine paring.

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                trishna Jun 4, 2009 06:25 PM

                Have heard wonderful things about the Fraser Cafe on Beechwood and about Navarra on Murray St. in the Byward Market, but haven't been to either in person as they opened just after I moved to Toronto. Our favourite was always the Black Cat Cafe which has recently relocated to Preston Street..

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