Prior to our 3 day winterlude in Ottawa I pulled many suggestions from this board so I thought that I would close the loop.
Murray Street was very good. The food is whimsical, nose to tail and tastes great. I am not a fan of sacrificing taste for sustainability and i did not have to choose here. It is small , I could not get a res for 4, but dropped by and ate at the bar. We ate small plates and most were excellent. Exception being the mushroom parfait (not a parfait at all). The highlight was P'tit Dejeuner which is a bit of original brilliance on a plate. Duck wings were saucy, good but not crispy as expected.
Wellington Gastropub was good too. The dishes are more standard, emphasis on local and well prepared. Trout was nice and crispy outside, moist inside. Brined pork loin was juicy - it comes out medium (pink middle) - you need to be okay with that. I would still rather have a rib chop, as the loin lacks flavour. Sweet potato soup was overwhelmed with curry spice. Overall though another good choice ranked 2nd to Murray St.
Arrived on a busy night at Chez Lucien - it was a gong show. A line, no hostess and a lot tables waiting for food. The set up is sort of eclectic on different levels, it looked a little uncomfortable in a peak period. We left and went to Murray St. The food is reputed to be good, but the 'crowd management' not so good.