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Shanghai Wonton Noodle

Address: 178 Rideau St, Ottawa Hours: 10:30am – 9pm (M – F), 11am – 9pm (Sat – Sun) Website: Nope, not even socials!     Shanghai Wonton Noodle is an unassuming little shop located in the Byward Market, on Rideau just past Dalhousie. As you as you step in, you can tell that the décor is not a focal point […]

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Hong Kong Express

Address: 246 Rideau Street, Ottawa Hours: 11am – 10:30pm (Daily; hours may vary during/after pandemic) Website: https://www.hong-kong-express-ottawa.com/     While in the Byward Market area to stock up on adult beverages at the flagship LCBO on Rideau, as well as some Italian goods at Nicastro’s, my wife and I stopped by Hong Kong Express to refuel. Their menu has a […]

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Hey Kitchen

Address: 710 Somerset St W, Ottawa Hours: 11:30am – 8pm (Daily; hours may change during/after pandemic) Website: Nope! Just Skip and Uber pages   Ever since I learned that Hey Kitchen in Chinatown has a dish that’s fairly unique in Ottawa, omurice, I have been wanting to try it out. And there was no better time than during the pandemic […]

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Pickled cabbage and beef soup - Le Mien
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Le Mien Craft Noodle

Address: 43 William St, Ottawa Hours: 11:30am – 8pm (Mon – Thu); 11:30am – 9pm (Fri – Sat); hours may vary during/after pandemic Website: https://www.lemiencraftnoodle.com/     Hand-pulled noodle soup maker Le Mien had just been hitting its stride in 2018-19 when in that spring they became collateral damage of a fire which destroyed neighbour Vittoria Trattoria. All the great […]

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Dumpling? Dumpling!

Address: 382 Bank St, Ottawa Hours: 11:30 – 9pm daily (may vary during/after pandemic) Website: https://www.dumplingdumpling.ca/     Centrepointe’s own Dumpling? Dumpling! opened their second location in late September on the Centretown section of Bank Street. I’m hoping that any future locations will keep the Centre__ trend going! While out running some errands, I popped in to give them a […]

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Datsun

Address: 380 Elgin St, Ottawa Hours: 5pm – 2am (Mon); 5pm – 11pm (Tue – Thu); 5pm – 12am (Fri – Sat) Website: https://eatdatsun.com/   ***During current coronavirus limitations, Datsun is only open for takeout from 4-8pm, Fri-Sun, with pre-ordering on their website. Last winter, I wanted to check out Elgin Street after it had re-opened to traffic and was […]

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Jadeland

Address: 625 Somerset St W, Ottawa Hours: 11am – 11pm (Tue – Thu, Sun); 11am – 12am (Fri – Sat); closed Monday Website: http://www.jadeland.com/     There’s a lot of reasons to try out a restaurant you’ve never been to before – curiosity, convenience, wanting to get in on the hype, etc. Less common, however, was my motivation for wanting […]

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Shrimp-stuffed eggplant - YImin Dim Sum
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Yimin Dim Sum

 Address: 870 Somerset St W, Ottawa Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Fri); 10am – 10pm (Sat – Sun) Website: http://www.yimindimsumhouse.com/   Earlier this fall, my sister and I met up for lunch at Yimin Dim Sum, a small shop near the western edge of Chinatown. It seats about 30 in a quite utilitarian atmosphere, whose décor highlights include paper […]

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Add-ins - Yunshang Rice Noodle
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Yunshang Rice Noodle

Address: 275 Bank St Unit 101, Ottawa, ON Hours: 11:30am – 10pm (Sun – Thu); 11:30am – 10:30pm (Fri – Sat) Website: http://www.yunshang.ca/web-en.html     Ottawa has a bit of a thing for Asian noodle soups. From the daily line-ups at Sansotei, to the hand-made noodles at La Mien (RIP) and now at La Noodle in the Market, and of […]

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Xiaolongbao - Sammi & Soupe Dumpling
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Sammi & Soupe Dumpling

Address: 1909 Saint-Catherine St W, Montreal, QC Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Fri); 11:30am – 10pm (Sat – Sun) Website: https://www.sammisoupedumplingmenu.ca/   While in Montreal for a few days of gorging and sightseeing, my wife and I made sure to indulge in some xiaolongbao – the infamous soup dumplings – and Sammi & Soupe Dumpling was at the top […]

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