Yuxiang Eggplant at Le Piment Rouge in Montreal

Yuxiang Eggplant at Le Piment Rouge in Montreal

Yuxiang Eggplant at Le Piment Rouge in Montreal

I have had many occasions to post some fairly scathing reviews of dishes I sampled at the now defunct Piment Rouge Restaurant in Montreal. What had once been a high-end restaurant went into noticeable decline in its final days and this showed in both service and food quality. The Yuxiang Eggplant Appetizer you see above, however, was on of the few dish I ate there that was actually pretty good.

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Duck-Tongue and Hog-Guts at the Juxianyuan Restaurant

Duck-Tongue and Hog-Guts at the Juxianyuan Restaurant

Duck-Tongue and Hog-Guts at the Juxianyuan Restaurant

After sampling the Grilled Squid at the now defunct Juxianyuan Restaurant in Ottawa’s Chinatown, I returned a few days later for more of their Northern Chinese Barbecue specialties, all of which are broiled with a dusting of dried Chili and Cumin. I tried three items, actually, but the first two seen pictured above were Duck Tongues and Hog-Guts (although, on the menu these were just referred to as ‘Pig Intestines’.

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Squid Grilled at Le Piment Rouge in Montreal

Squid Grilled at Le Piment Rouge in Montreal

Squid Grilled at Le Piment Rouge in Montreal

When Le Piment Rouge Restaurant closed its doors in Montreal, it was already a once high-end establishment in decline. Several of the dushes I was served there were badly plated and executed poorly. Unfortunately, this was true of the Grilled Squid dish you see pictured above.

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Kung Pao Chicken at the Juxiangyuan Restaurant in Ottawa

Kung Pao Chicken at the Juxiangyuan Restaurant in Ottawa

Kung Pao Chicken at the Juxiangyuan Restaurant in Ottawa

Some version of Kung Pao Chicken appears on the menu at almost every Chinese restaurant these days it seems. Some cleave closely to the traditional Chinese dish, while other are quite westernized, and often have only a passing acquaintance with the original form. The rendition at the now defunct Juxiangyuan Restaurant in Ottawa, formed a bridge between the two culinary styles and was one of the better restaurant versions I have been served.

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Squid Grilled at the Juxiangyuan Restaurant in Ottawa

Squid Grilled at the Juxiangyuan Restaurant in Ottawa

Squid Grilled at the Juxiangyuan Restaurant in Ottawa

I was very sorry when the Juxiangyuan restaurant in Ottawa’s Chinatown finally closed its doors. They did a wonderful range of dishes from both Cantonese and Northern Chinese cuisine and I enjoyed almost every single one I tried. Their Grilled Squid, done in Northern Chinese Barbecue style was truly delicious.

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Sweet Rice Ball Soup at the Harmony Restaurant in Ottawa

Sweet Rice Ball Soup at the Harmony Restaurant in Ottawa

Sweet Rice Ball Soup at the Harmony Restaurant in Ottawa

The soup you see pictured above was served to me at the Harmony Restaurant in Ottawa’s Chinatown. It turned out to be something of an unexpected novelty for me, first, because it was the first time I had ever tried a sweet Chinese soup, and secondly, because I was expecting something different based on the menu description. In any event, I found the texture of the rice balls and the flavour of the soup broth to be very enjoyable.

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Seaweed Salad with Garlic at the Harmony Restaurant in Ottawa

Seaweed Salad with Garlic at the Harmony Restaurant in Ottawa

Seaweed Salads are quite common in Japanese restaurants, but they do occasionally appear on Chinese restaurant menus as well. What made the version at the Harmony Restaurant in Ottawa stand out was the use of Kelp, rather than one of the more commonly used varieties like Wakame, or Arame. A variety of Kelp, known as ‘Kombu’ is widely used in Japanese cuisine to make the ubiquitous ‘Dashi’, but it doesn’t appear often otherwise. As such, I was very interested to try this particular appetizer.

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Grilled Haloumi at Play, Food & Wine in Ottawa

Grilled Haloumi at Play, Food & Wine in Ottawa

Grilled Haloumi at the PFW Restaurant in Ottawa

I love visiting the Play, Food & Wine Restaurant in Ottawa’s Byward Market district. Aside from being a lovely wine bar, they specialize in ‘Small Plate’ dishes rather than full meals, which is my favorite sort of dining experience. I have only had a few ‘fails’ there over the years, and the Grilled Haloumi Cheese you see above was most definitely not one of those.

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Vietnamese Cucumber Shrimp Salad at Wei’s Noodle House in Ottawa

Vietnamese Cucumber Shrimp Salad at Wei’s Noodle House in Ottawa

Vietnamese Cucumber Shrimp Salad

The rather attractive salad pictured above was one of the Vietnamese appetizer dishes offered at Wei’s Noodle House, an Asian Fusion Restaurant in Ottawa. It actually contained more lettuce than cucumber, as it turned out, but the ingredients were fresh, the dressing subtle, and the overall effect very pleasant.

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Scallops Grilled at Lapointe Seafood Grill in Ottawa

Scallops Grilled at the Lapointe Seafood Grill in Ottawa

I have eaten many meals at the Lapointe Seafood Grill in Ottawa’s Byward Market over the years, and have generally enjoyed everything I have ever been served. I was a little bit disappointed with the appetizer of Grilled Scallops you see pictured above because they weren’t quite as advertised on the menu. That being said, it was still an interesting dish and I liked it overall.

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