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Mezbaan Restaurant

Address: 3098 Carling Ave, Unit 8, Ottawa Hours: 11:45am – 9:30pm (Tue – Sun); closed Monday (hours may vary during/after pandemic) Website: https://mezbaan.restaurant     After reading good things about Mezbaan Restaurant in the Ottawa Citizen’s review, as well as on social media, I added them to my never-ending list of restaurants to try. I was finally able to make […]

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Samar Kabab House

Address: 1729 Walkley Rd, Unit 1, Ottawa Hours: 11am – 10pm daily (may vary during/after pandemic) Website: https://www.samarkabab.com/     Ottawa, you sure like your kebab/kabab/kabob houses! I don’t know why this particular type of structure, but if you Google “kabab house Ottawa”, you will find no less than eight houses which sell kababs. However, there is not a single […]

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Ariana Kabab House

Address: 2677 Alta Vista Dr, Ottawa Hours: 12 – 9pm (daily; hours may vary during/after pandemic) Website: https://arianakababhouse.com/     One of the biggest untold food stories in Ottawa (in mainstream publications anyway) is the explosion of Middle Eastern and Central Asian businesses in areas like Bayshore and Ottawa South. Restaurants, cafes, and groceries of all types have sprung up […]

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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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Bar area - Kuidaore Izakaya
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Kuidaore Izakaya

Address: 420 Preston St, Ottawa Hours: 5-11pm (Tue); 12-11pm (Wed-Thu); 12pm-12am (Fri-Sat); 12-10pm (Sun); closed Mondays Website: http://kuidaoreizakaya.ca/   As a voracious consumer of both food and food-related media, I was excited when I found out that there was an izakaya called Kuidaore on Preston Street in Little Italy. If you’re not familiar with izakayas, they’re effectively Japanese tapas bars, specializing […]

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Shanghai buns - Yen Fung Ding
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Yen Fung Ding

Address: 628 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON Hours: 10am – 7pm (Sun-Mon, Wed-Sat); closed Tue Website: http://yfddumpling.com/ or their Skip the Dishes template site http://www.yenfungding.com/   After some failed starts due to hours that don’t run very late, (including one which led us to tasty neighbour Roku Bar) my wife and I made a successful visit to dumpling house Yen […]

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Rare and beef flank pho - The Noodle House
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The Noodle House

Address: 775 Gladstone Ave, Ottawa, ON Hours: 11:00am – 9:00pm daily Website: https://thenoodlehouseottawa.wordpress.com/   Xiao long bao, Chinese soup dumplings, have become a bit of a culinary white whale for me. Discussed frequently on food shows, blogs, and the interwebs in general, these dumplings remained elusive while I was living on the east coast. With my move up to Ottawa […]

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