Tag: Bistro

Review: Salt – Ottawa

345A Preston Street, Ottawa – Website

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Date of Visit: July, 2017

I chose Salt as an interesting place to visit from their online menu. I made one abortive visit on a Monday, only to discover they are closed that day, and then attended for lunch later that week. Unfortunately I was disappointed on a couple of counts… First, the lunch menu is very abbreviated and, secondly, the dishes I chose, along with the overall service, were not great … Continue reading “Review: Salt – Ottawa”

Review: Moda Urban Dining, Halifax

1518 Dresden Row – 902.405-3480 – Website

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Date of Visit: July 11

 

A few days after dining at Moda, I mentioned the place to a friend of mine who wondered aloud what might be meant by the phrase ‘Urban Dining’… I hadn’t thought about it when I first heard of the place but, afterwards, all I could think was that it must be like ‘Rural Dining’, but without the good food. Moda seemed to have quite a bit of promise when I viewed their website online but the experience itself was sadly disappointing…  Continue reading “Review: Moda Urban Dining, Halifax”

Review: Fresco Bistro Italiano – Ottawa

354 Elgin Street, Ottawa – 613-235-7541- Webpage

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Date of Visit: December 2, 2013

Fresco has a presence on the internet but I had not come across their web-page before and I discovered the place while scouting out the neighborhood close to my hotel on my recent trip to Ottawa. I happened to have a bit of a yen for Italian food on that particular day and their menu looked rather interesting…  Continue reading “Review: Fresco Bistro Italiano – Ottawa”

Review: The Courtyard Restaurant

21 George St, Ottawa – 613-241-1516 – Website

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Date of Visit: July 14, 2013

I picked this spot for my evening meal during a scouting expedition in the Byward Market area one very hot Sunday morning. What appealed to me, perhaps even more than the menu, was the lovely cool and shaded courtyard from which it takes its name. The menu, though brief, and consisting of just 16 items excluding desert, was quite rich with the promise that anything I might order would be both complex and interesting… Continue reading “Review: The Courtyard Restaurant”

Review: Whalesbone Restaurant

430 Bank St., Ottawa – (613) 231-8569 – Website

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Date of Visit: March 13, 2013

Whalesbone Sustainable Oyster & Fish Supply not only maintains a retail seafood outlet that supplies oysters and other maritime delicacies to restaurants around Ottawa, it also operates a very nice little restaurant (the ‘Oyster House’) downtown on Bank street. I visited there for dinner one evening a couple of years ago and, on my last trip to the city, I made a reservation for lunch. The current lunch menu, as opposed to the dinner menu, is a bit limited, consisting of two sorts of salad, fish and chips, chowder or a steamed mussels, but that didn’t matter to me as I was going for the oysters…

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Review: Brothers Beer Bistro

366 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa – 613-695-6300 – Website

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Date of Visit: March 13, 2013

 Brother’s Beer Bistro attracted me initially after I saw a grilled octopus entrée on their online-menu. When I visited the place recently, however, I was disappointed to discover that the offering had been discontinued a few weeks earlier and I almost went elsewhere. I didn’t, as it happened, and, though the meal I ended up having wasn’t exactly spectacular, by any means, I still enjoyed a pretty nice evening… Continue reading “Review: Brothers Beer Bistro”

Review: Must Wine Bar

41 William St  Ottawa – (613) 680-3107 – Website

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Date of Visit: March 12, 2013

Must Wine Bar is a tiny little establishment that is just a few doors down from Vineyards Wine Bar Bistro which I generally visit when in the capital. I have passed by the place many times, and even perused their posted many a few times, but it was only on my last trip south that I gave it a try. On the whole, I was very happy that I did… Continue reading “Review: Must Wine Bar”

Review: Play Food and Wine

1 York Street, Ottawa – (613) 667-9207  – Website

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Date of Visit:  March 11, 2013

I was tempted to visit this place on a couple of past trips to Ottawa and finally got around to it on my most recent excursion to the capital. I really wasn’t sure if I was going to like it or not, having perused their website a few times, but I actually had a very nice time and enjoyed a really pleasant meal… Continue reading “Review: Play Food and Wine”

Review: The Cornerstone Bar and Grill

92 Clarence Street  Ottawa – (613) 241-6835 – Website

Date of Visit: July 27, 2012 

I hadn’t planned on visiting this place especially but when the restaurant I had intended to eat at turned out to be closed I walked around Byward Market and ended up here. I had a look at the Menu that was posted by the front doors and, when I saw that one of the specials was steak served on a sizzling hot stone, I remembered a friend telling me about it and I decided to give it a try. Unfortunately, the experience started out so badly I never got to eat… Continue reading “Review: The Cornerstone Bar and Grill”

Review: Vineyards Wine Bar Bistro

54 York Street, Ottawa – (613) 241-4270 – Website 

Date of Visit: July 26, 2012

Vineyards describes itself as a Wine Bar and Bistro but it also serves an impressive number of beers from around the world (more than anywhere else in the Ottawa-Gatineau region, they claim), and there is also a pretty decent selection of single malt Scotches, although not nearly as extensive as at the nearby Highlander Pub. I make it a point of visiting the place every time I am in Ottawa, but, other than a cold plate appetizer I shared with my wife a few years ago, this is the first time I have ever gone there for a meal… Continue reading “Review: Vineyards Wine Bar Bistro”