Posted in Restaurants

Review: Hard Rock Café

73 York St, Ottawa – (613) 241-2442 – Website

Hard Rock Cafe 1

Date of Visit: July 6, 2013

The Hard Rock Cafe in Ottawa’s Byward Market is just one in a huge chain of restaurants with locations around the world. Despite the fact that the general culinary theme reflects the American southwest, the empire had its beginnings, I was surprised to learn, in London, England.

The selection of food available in these places is generally family restaurant fare, with the obligatory nachos and Chicken wings, but they also do a bit of a line in smokehouse delicacies as well. In general, the menu is not one that would tempt me especially but the Byward Market  restaurant has a nice outdoor patio with a pleasant view and so, on a very hot and humid day, I decided to see what they could do with a steak… Continue reading “Review: Hard Rock Café”

Posted in Nunavut

Barbecuing season in the North…

My poor neglected barbecue had little use since my wife bought it for me as a housewarming present back at the end of August. All told, I have only been able to use it a few times so far, what with being away from home so much and being cursed with crappy weather the rest of the time… I was very much hoping to do a whole host of posts featuring interesting barbecue adventures but it looks like that might have to wait until next year, I’m afraid.

Anyway, this may not be the most exciting of posts, but I did get to grill up a rib-eye steak a while ago. My wife was away, so I couldn’t share with her, but maybe my readers might enjoy the pictures I took as I cooked this meal for myself… Continue reading “Barbecuing season in the North…”

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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”

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Review: The Aulde Dubliner Pub

62 William Street, Ottawa – (613) 241-0066 – Website 

Date of Visit: July 26, 2012 

The Aulde Dubliner sits in Byward Market just beside The Highlander Pub. I have been here before a couple of times (once with my wife) but only for drinks and never a meal. On this trip to Ottawa, I planned to have a steak as at least one of my restaurant experiences and, after working up a thirst shopping in the Market for a couple of hours, I decided to stop at this place for lunch… Continue reading “Review: The Aulde Dubliner Pub”

Posted in Experiments

Experiment: Steak with Lemon-Cumin Pesto

One morning, I returned home from shopping with a couple of nice, small steaks for supper. I didn’t have any particular plan in mind for cooking them but, as I was surfing some food blogs later that afternoon, I came across a lovely recipe by Jen over at The Scrumptious Pumpkin that she called ‘Grilled Sirloin with Lemon-Chive Pesto’. Now, Jen’s recipe is a lovely one, and I urge you to take a look, but I had no chives, nor pine nuts, to work with, as she did, and so I decided to substitute the chives with scallion greens and tweak the flavor a little with a little cumin… Continue reading “Experiment: Steak with Lemon-Cumin Pesto”

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Review: Lone Star Texas Grill – Ottawa

126 George ST, Ottawa, 613-562-9865 – Website

Date of visit: March 24, 2012

The Lone Star Grill is part of a chain but the only one I have ever visited (twice so far) is the one in Ottawa’s Byward Market On my first visit, I tried some of their ribs, which were not that bad, but, this time, I decided to extend to them a chance to be a competitor in my ongoing Rib Steak challenge…  Continue reading “Review: Lone Star Texas Grill – Ottawa”