Category Archives: Canada – Ottawa

town. – Ottawa

I was searching for another option for dinner and found a lot of recommendations for Town.  It’s a modern Italian fusion bistro that’s famous for its meatballs.

yes peas cocktail

scallop crudo….

salt cod fritters.… regular croquettes…

grilled octopus salad…. the octopus wasn’t fresh cause it tasted a bit mushy….

ricotta stuffed meatballs…. the famous meatballs! It was actually so good!  The addition of cheese into meatballs made it more juicy and added texture.  The best dish in this restaurant.

Italian Ramen: capellini gratin, mushrooms, pork, 6 minute egg, crispy chicken skin.. let’s just say I prefer real ramen…

I guess it’s because the meal I had at Play Food Wine was so taste-bud blowing that this dinner at town. was less stellar in comparison.



296 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1M3, Canada
+1 613-695-8696

Play food & wine – Ottawa

Probably the most interesting and best meal of this trip was lunch at Play.  We tried to get a reservation for Sat night but couldn’t…..instead, we had lunch there the next day.

They have a good lunch deal, 22 CAD for 2 plates.  You can even choose 2 plates of mains! The menu is the same throughout the day so I wouldn’t miss out on what they offered during dinner!

Albacore tuna, aioli, beet and truffle oil…. I love the beet sauce!

Octopus with jalapeño, crème fraîche, smoked fingerling and red wine..

Grilled romaine, apricot, onions, cashew and blue cheese…. I’ve never had grilled romaine before but it’s so good…. crisper and has the grilled taste!

Pickerel with vadouvan, harissa, chickpea, coconut, cauliflower…. the fish was tasteless but the crispy fish skin made up for it!

grilled hanger steak with mushrooms, fries and aioli…. the hanger steak was so flavourful!

Linguini with clams, tomato, parmesan broth, prosciutto and fennel… a bit too salty…


Play food & wine

1 York St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5S7, Canada
+1 613-667-9207

Seafood in Byward Market – Ottawa, Canada

I’m embarrassed to say that as a Canadian-born citizen and having lived in Canada 20+ years, I haven’t visited our capital city.  It was time to visit Ottawa…. O Canada!


My favourite neighbour in Ottawa is Byward Market…. apart from the market itself, there are cute boutiques and a lot of different restaurants…. It’s like Vancouver’s Gastown/Yaletown/Kitsilano rolled into one neighbourhood…

We went to the farmer’s market and got a lot of fresh fruits…

and they were such a good deal too! 5 CAD for 16 peaches…….

For lunch, we found a place for seafood.PEI oysters

moules frites… unfortunately, the sauce of the mussels were bland…

Cajun shrimp salad….

We also had another seafood meal at dinner.. this time at Lapointe. Its fish shop has been established since 1867!

mussels with cream and tomato sauce

fried halibut with salad

seafood grill of the day with pasta


The Fish Market Restaurant

54 York St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5T1, Canada
+1 613-241-3474

Lapointe Fish Restaurant

55 York St, Ottawa, ON K1N 9B7, Canada
+1 613-241-6221