Finding Francophone food in Ottawa
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Friday, 28 December 2012 14:40
Travel through Canada presents a number of opportunities for French culture, and Ottawa lets visitors enjoy some of the finest French cuisine on this side of the Atlantic.
Fortunately, the Francophone presence in Canada permeates the nation. Quite frankly, tours of Ottawa are not complete without a meal at one of the many French restaurants in the city. Here are some of the best places to enjoy one of the finest cuisines in the world.
Bistro: Métropolitain Brasserie
The food is really only part of the French bistro experience - the massive mirrors, tin ceilings, zinc-topped bars, deep chocolate-coloured wood and cozy lighting help make it all the more memorable. Métropolitain Brasserie comes as close as possible to transporting guests to a Parisian bistro, and the food fits the bill, too.
French Steakhouse: Absinthe Cafe Resto Bar
Perfect for a special occasion or celebration, this upscale steakhouse has French dishes that feel both familiar and refreshing. The restaurant is known for its Benevolent Burger, a stunning sandwich made with baconnaise, aged cheddar, barbecue pork poutine and foie gras. The burger tastes even better for charitable diners, since the restaurant donates $1 from every burger sold to a local women's shelter.
Other menu delectables include Mariposa Farm Duck Duo, served with cranberry walnut pain perdu and chanterelles, and the Absinthe Steak Frites.
French Cafe: Café Cognac
Although this non-intimidating cafe also serves lunch and dinner, its brunch menu is among the best in the city. Choose from a wide variety of omelettes, crêpes, eggs Benedict dishes and of course, French toast. The croque-pomme, a sandwich of cheese, grapes, apples and bacon, is a must.
Inspiration from Southern France: Le Saint-Ô
Although the menu reflects both Parisian and Provençal cuisines, the rustic setting of this restaurant recalls the eateries in Southern France. Accordion players and other musicians provide a pleasant ambiance for guests who can choose from dishes made from fresh, local ingredients - just like in Provence.
Look for French dishes like cassoulet with Barbarie duck confit and Toulouse sausage, or a half duck leg confit with blueberry, maple and balsamic sauce.