Quick bites of Ottawa’s food and drink scene
Tempt your palate with these delicious offerings!
Congratulations to Joe Thottungal, winner of Ottawa’s Gold Medal Plates competition in November 2016. Chef and owner of Coconut Lagoon, which serves delicious dishes from the south Indian state of Kerala, Thottungal is off to British Columbia to compete in the Canadian Culinary Championships February 3-4, 2017.
New! Ottawa brewery Dominion City has announced big changes in 2017: expansion into the space next door, increased production, new packaging and more! Their retro-cool Dominion Day party each July 1 is not to be missed either!
New! Evergreen Craft Ales bills itself as Ottawa’s smallest brewery yet it is collaborating with another newcomer, Small Pony Barrel Works, Ottawa’s first all-sour brewery.
New! Another newcomer to the exploding Ottawa-area craft beer scene is Stray Dog Brewing Company based in Orléans, an east-end suburb. They promise a tap room in 2017.
New! The Feline Café plans to open in early 2017 in the hip Wellington West neighbourhood, providing a place to enjoy the company of feline friends (rescue cats up for adoption!), while enjoying vegan food and drinks. They also plan fun events like cat-yoga and movie nights.
New! Chef Steve Mitton, co-owner of the late and lamented Murray Street Kitchen Wine Charcuterie, has accepted a gig to enhance the meat offerings of The Whalesbone group of restaurants, currently known for their sustainable and delicious fish and seafood.
New! Asian-fusion Makita Kitchen & Bar opened at the north end of the trendy Glebe neighbourhood in late 2016. Japanese for “Due North,” the place offers spring rolls, steamed buns, rice bowls, ramen and deconstructed banh mi, among other dishes.
New! The owners of small-but-mighty Italian-themed town on Elgin Street have launched a second venture around the corner called Citizen! Citizen has a Nordic feel to it with small plates, sandwiches, bar snacks and a killer cocktail list.
New! Canada’s first Starbucks Reserve location opened in November 2016 in Ottawa’s vibrant ByWard Market neighbourhood. The locations sell the highest-end products in the Starbucks line and also serve wine and craft beer after 4:00pm.
The famous “duelling pianos” show that used to be so popular at the ByWard Market bar/restaurant called Fat Tuesdays (now moved to Kanata) has been revived at the Sens House across the street. Each Saturday night, you’ll find this fun show.