Category: Restaurants

Yangtze – A second visit.

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The Har Gow pictured above were served to me as part of a dim sum lunch at the Yangtze Dining Lounge in Ottawa’s Chinatown. I first visited this place almost 8 years ago and I later prepared a short review based on my notes. It was a very brief and rudimentary review, especially as I did not take any pictures.

My notes of that first visit recall, at best, a mediocre experience in that there were a couple of decent dim sum offerings, along with some not so good, and service that varied from server to server from moderately friendly to brusque and unwelcoming. On my recent second visit back in August of this year, I found that little had changed. The dim sum on offer was passable, but distinctly unimpressive, and the service, while generally friendly and efficient on the part of the ‘cart-ladies’ was sharp to the point of rudeness on the part of the hostess (as was the case 8 years ago, although I cannot say if it was the same person or not).

Anyway… the Har gow pretty much reflected the overall experience. I have had many worse, but here the wrapper had a bit of a doughy-raw taste and the shrimp inside had very little flavor at all. The only thing I like about these, really, was the size. I dislike overly large Har Gow as they are unwieldy to eat and often tear under their own weight, especially where you have to take more than one or two bites. These ones were just right for a single mouthful each. Continue reading “Yangtze – A second visit.”

Scallop Appetizer

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Back when I was a kid growing up in Maritime Canada, Clams and Chips were nearly as popular is Fish and Chips and, if you were in a restaurant that served both of these, it was generally a safe bet that you could get Scallops and Chips as well. That dish generally used the larger variety usually of scallop referred to as ‘Sea Scallops’, and even a half-dozen of these, along with chips and cole-slaw, made for a very filling meal. For today’s appetizer version, I am using the smaller ‘Bay Scallops’… as with the old-standby of Scallops and Chips, the scallops are battered but, here, I have jazzed things up a bit … Continue reading “Scallop Appetizer”

Review: A’Roma Meze – Ottawa

239 Nepean St, Ottawa

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Date of Visit: April, 2018 – Website

I have to begin by saying, right off the bat, that this place is a little gem of a find. I had it on my list of places to visit on four or five visits to Ottawa and never managed to make it until just recently. I am just sorry, now, that I didn’t get there earlier … Continue reading “Review: A’Roma Meze – Ottawa”

Review: 222 Lyon – Ottawa

222 Lyon St N, Ottawa- Website

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Date of Visit: April, 2018

This place was my last restaurant visit on a recent trip to Ottawa. It is a Tapas Bar with a pretty decent selection of different small plates, and though I went at lunchtime, which has a much smaller menu than in the evening, I had some fairly good selections and a pretty decent time…  Continue reading “Review: 222 Lyon – Ottawa”

Domaine Chasselay Fleurie La Chapelle des Bois 2013

Domaine Chasselay Fleurie La Chapelle des Bois 2013

Today’s post features one of the ‘Crus de Beaujolais’, this one, more specifically, from the Fleurie AOC. It isn’t spectacular, by any means, but it is still very good, and, in particular, it presents a good illustration of the slight banana aroma and taste that can arise from the carbonic maceration method of fermentation employed in the production of Beaujolais reds.

  • Winery: Claire et Fabien Chasselay
  • Price: $25.95 CDN
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Sugar: 2.2 g/L

This particular Beaujolais is a very dark, almost opaque, purplish-ruby. The nose is rich with cherry, along with some floral notes and a faint hint of banana. It is fairly dry with moderately strong acidity and moderate tannins developing more fully towards the end. It has a sour red fruit base in the mouth, with perfume and woody flavors, a little tobacco, and a slight earthiness at the finish. It is a bit tart, but still with a well-rounded effect.  Overall it is a pleasant little wine.

Review: New Mitzie’s Restaurant

179 East Pender Street, Vancouver

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Date of Visit: July, 2017

New Mitzie’s is almost dead-center in the middle of Chinatown. It has a large menu that is pretty well equally divided between Chinese and Western cuisine and the Chinese selections are largely the sort you find in any westernized Chinese restaurant across the country. While perusing restaurants online, I saw that they have General Tao’s chicken listed and, having still never had this popular favorite yet, I gave the place a try… Continue reading “Review: New Mitzie’s Restaurant”

Review: Kent’s Kitchen – Vancouver

232 Keefer Street – Chinatown

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Date of Visit: July, 2017

I passed by Kent’s several times while wandering around Chinatown and wanted to give it a try but it always seemed to be packed. One morning, just after 11am I happened to catch it when there were only a few patrons present. It was a little earlier than I had intended for my lunch but I didn’t want to lose the opportunity and so I stopped in for a quick bite… Continue reading “Review: Kent’s Kitchen – Vancouver”

Review: Juniper – Vancouver

185 Keefer St, Vancouver – Website

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Date of Visit: July, 2017

I happened to stop by at Juniper for a beer after traipsing around Chinatown on a hot afternoon. The place has a huge list of unique cocktails, a pretty decent wine list, and also a handful of craft beers. I ended up having two beers and, after perusing the menu, I decided to come back for a meal… Continue reading “Review: Juniper – Vancouver”