Recline into plush crimson seats at one of a dozen or so hardwood tables at this cozy basement pub; order a single malt scotch or an imported brew and relax. Authors read their works periodically during the week and the famed Sunday brunch was voted as the Best Brunch two years running by readers of Xpress, Ottawa's entertainment newspaper. There are various goodies on the menu like Eggs Ireland and stout French Toast stuffed with bananas. Traditional pub grub, including Shepherd's Pie and burgers are also offered, as well as more upscale choices, like Moroccon Stew and grilled salmon.
Pamper your sweet tooth at Stella Luna Gelato Cafe where authentic Italian desserts bring out the child in you. A name synonymous with gourmet gelatos, the cafe also serves one of the best lunch menus in Ottawas. Choose from Italian paninis, sandwiches, soups or simply indulge in scrumptious crepes, waffles, frappes and smoothies. Use of fine ingredients, local as well as sourced, promise you your money worth here. Offering a vibrant ambiance, Stella Luna hopes to promote the lively culture of Italy where everyday is an occasion.
If you wish to enjoy a laid back brunch on a weekend then Fraser Café is where your search ends. Yoghurt Pancakes, Poached Eggs and the Panzanella give a refreshing start to your day and Mimosas and smoothies add the extra zest needed. Albeit more popular from brunch, many also explore Fraser Café for lunch and the place does not disappoint. For lunch, try the Chicken Barley Risotto, Braised Pork Pie and do not leave out the Smoked Trout if you like seafood. The Striploin and Pork Belly make great mains if you are having your dinner here. Fraser Café also has a list of impressive wines to complete your fare.
Aroma brings a slice of Greece to Ottawa and does it in style. Known for their delectable tapas, this restaurant delights locals and travelers alike. The place has a welcoming interior with hardwood floors and exposed-brick walls adding an old-world charm. The menu at Aroma is extensive to say the least and it beckons your palate with dishes like Eggplant Roulade, Seared Haloumi, Rosemary Scallops and the Open Face Chicken. The wine list features impressive labels and patrons can rely on servers for suggestions over pairings.
Aperitivo is quite popular among the locals and they do not hesitate in recommending it to tourists as well. Set in a contemporary interior that is accentuated with dim lights and is well-furnished to accommodate patrons comfortably, this spot is where food is celebrated. Start your culinary adventure with the Cheese & Charcuterie Plate or go for the Mixed Greens. Pair these with something from the wine menu. A selection of wines is daily offered by the glass and you can rely on your servers for suggestions. For cocktail fans, Aperitivo has interesting concoctions like the Bourbon Ceasar, Spicy Margarita and Apple Sangria which taste great when accompanied with Confit Duck Wings, Fried Calamari and Fish Tacos.
Those with a sweet tooth simply cannot miss A Thing For Chocolate. This endearing restaurant prides itself on their delicious menu dictating all things chocolate. Crepes are their forte and the place has over ten variants on offer. Try the House Special crepe, which comes to your table glazed with chocolate spread and stuffed with fresh fruits, or bite into the moreish Dulce De Leche, a crepe infused with caramel and laden with bananas. Strawberries, white chocolate, custard and many more add-ons make your crepes a heavenly treat. A Thing For Chocolate also has an extensive selection of drinks that range from hot chocolates, lattes to iced coffees. Ice creams include flavors like Creme Brulee, Death by Chocolate, Chocolate Fondue and Hazelnut Choco Cake.
A perfect blend of spice and flavor, Riviera is a fine dining restaurant. The menu offers a lot of dishes which are served in style and elegance along with cocktails which are stylishly designed and served. The Black Cod and Short Rib are the specialties. Elegantly designed with a hint of modernism, this intimate place has a positive and amazing vibe.
Named for one of Canada's founding fathers—who was assassinated on nearby Sparks Street in 1868—this massive pub manages to maintain a cozy, intimate feel. Set in a historic structure from 1883, it features comfortable booths that are separated from one another by beautiful stained glass windows. Try one of the daily pub fare specials or an Irish breakfast on the weekends. The pub often draws large crowds on Wednesday through Saturday evenings, when local musicians entertain patrons with live Celtic tunes.
Don't be fooled by the unassuming exteriors of this Japanese restaurant! A hidden jewel of the neighborhood, the traditional creations of New Generation Sushi is creating quite a stir among food connoisseurs all over the city. Freshly made-to-order using only the finest ingredients and imported herbs and spices, the decadent creations of this restaurant easily stacks up against the best sushi bars in Ottawa. Adding the cherry on the cake is the personalized service and affordable menu which makes the visit all the more worthwhile. Watch out for you could get addicted.
Come home to Mamma Grazzi's Kitchen for a real Italian meal, and wait while Mamma's helpers cook it. Sauces including tomato, cream, extra virgin olive oil or roasted garlic are freshly prepared to order, as are the pizzas. Although the extra care takes time, the results are well worth the wait. Mamma's was awarded the Xpress newspaper's Reader's Choice Award for best Italian food. The home-style feel is created by warm wooden furnishings, set in a stone building.
If you like delicious ramen noodles, then hop over to the Sansotei Ramen joint in Ottawa. This Japanese joint has been designed keeping the Asian theme in mind and has a relaxed casual vibe to it. Some of the recommended ramen delicacies include Tonkotsu Black, Miso Black and the Spicy Tan Tan. Some of the other favorites comprise of Gyoza, Zangi and Gyo Don. The desserts are delightfully Asian with some of them being Sakura Crepe Cake, Yuzu Tea Cheesecake or Green Tea Cheesecake. The rates are affordable, so if you wish for a delectable ramen delicacy, you know where to go!