Ottawa Dining: The secret's out about indulgent but affordable hole-in-the-wall Le Clandestin

Le Clandestin45 Laval St., 819-921-9727, leclandestin.ca Open: Tuesday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday to Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 4 to 9 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday Prices: mains under $20 Access: steps to front door and walkway to front door is not well-lit, washrooms downstairs When we went for dinner last week at Le Clandestin in Gatineau’s Hull sector, our [...]

27 October 2018

Ottawa Dining: Rangoon's Burmese dishes impress with deep and surprising flavours

Rangoon Restaurant 634 Somerset St. W., 613-680-8821, rangoonrestaurant.ca Open: Monday to Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday 5 to 10 p.m. Prices: Most sharable salads $10.95, most sharable dishes under $20 Access: steps to front door, washrooms upstairs A few years ago, I had a casual, off-duty meal of fish noodle soup and coconut chi [...]

27 October 2018

Ottawa Dining: At Jackson, some artful, high-minded small plates were better than others

Jackson 10 Daly Ave. (in the Ottawa Art Gallery), 613-680-5225, jacksonottawa.com Open: Monday to Wednesday 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Thursday to Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m., closed Sunday Prices: small plates $10 to $19 Access: no steps to front door or washrooms; washrooms are gender-neutral Veteran Ottawa chef John Leung, whose résumé includes stints cooking at Restaurant [...]

27 October 2018

Duna Bistro in Blackburn Hamlet serves sprawling schnitzels and delightful dumplings

Duna Bistro 2518 Innes Rd., 613-808-8346, dunabistro.com Open: Monday to Saturday noon to 8 p.m., closed Sunday Prices: main dishes $15 to $24 Access: no steps to front door or washroomI’ve never knowingly reviewed a restaurant with an uncertain future. But in the case of Duna Bistro, I’ll make an exception.For this tiny, takeout-oriented eatery in Blackburn Hamlet, the lease will be up at [...]

18 May 2018

Social Thai, a small, classy eatery in Centretown, doles out intense flavours

Social Thai 399 Bank St., 613-230-0084, ottawasocialthai.caOpen: Monday to Wednesday 5 to 10 p.m., Thursday and Friday 5 to 11 p.m., Saturday 4 to 11 p.m., Sunday 4 to 9 p.m.Prices: sharable main dishes $16 to $22Access: step to front door, washrooms downstairsThe last time I had dinner at Social Thai, the wintry wind whooshed from Bank Street into the dining room with every delivery man [...]

18 May 2018

Satisfaction from Ottawa fast-casual restaurants that specialize in bowl-based dishes

The Bowl 83 Holland Ave., 613-729-5454, thebowlottawa.ca Open: Monday to Friday 11 a.m. 7 p.m., Saturday noon to 7 p.m., closed SundayMad Radish 859 Bank St. and 116 Albert St., madradish.com Open: Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Bank Street); Monday to Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed Saturday and Sunday (Albert Street)Paradise Poké 134 Bank S [...]

18 May 2018

Between Flora Hall Brewing, Elgin Beer Project and Beerocracy, one Centretown pub's food prevails

Flora Hall Brewing 37 Flora St., 613-695-2339‍, florahallbrewing.caOpen: Monday to Thursday 3 p.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday noon to 2 a.m., Sunday noon to midnightPrices: $8 to $18 for dishesAccess: fully accessible (automated accessible entrance, accessible washroom downstairs)Elgin Beer Project 399 Elgin St., 613-656-6600, elginbeerproject.comOpen: daily from 3 p.m. to 2 [...]

18 May 2018

Mati is tasty and trendy, but lofty prices should buy more finesse too

Mati 428 Preston St., 613-680-3860, matiottawa.caOpen:  Monday to Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 11 p.m., Saturday 5 to 11 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 11 p.m.Prices: appetizers $14 to $21, mains $24 to $128Access: no steps to front door, washrooms downstairsAt our table last weekend at Mati, there were a few causes for celebration.Beside me at this almost five- [...]

18 May 2018

From barbecue to bulgogi, Alirang's hearty Korean fare packs in customers

Alirang 1485 Merivale Rd., 613-695-5188, facebook.com/AlirangRestaurant/Open: Monday and Wednesday to Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 5 to 10 p.m., closed TuesdayPrices: main dishes $11.95 to $17.95, barbecue $17.95 to $28.95 per person, minimum two peopleAccess: washrooms downstairsOn a recent Saturday night at Alirang on Merivale Road, there were almost as many people waiting for tables [...]

18 May 2018