Food & WineBEST OF OTTAWA 2018: International Cuisine

BEST OF OTTAWA 2018: International Cuisine

BEST OF OTTAWA 2018: International Cuisine

After over 20-years writing about life in Ottawa, we think we have
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Das Lokal Kitchen + Bar (German)

This trendy downtown establishment serves delicious European dishes with a focus on German cuisine. They offer a great selection of deals, including happy hour specials, half priced wine on Tuesdays, and a Wednesday prix fixe. They’re also well-known for their Nachtmusik musical series and feature a biergarten on Sundays and Mondays. Try the spätzle or the schnitzel.

Coconut Lagoon (Indian)

Coconut Lagoon knows what’s up when it comes to South Indian food. Chef Joe Thottungal won Silver at this year’s Canadian Culinary Championships and the restaurant was featured in Anne DesBrisay’s “Ottawa Cooks”. Make sure to try the weekend brunch buffet and their take on turmeric milk, a recent Instagram sensation.

Feleena's (Mexican)

You can’t miss the brightly-painted walls of this fun and festive Mexican Cantina, a staple in the Glebe for more than 38 years. The experienced staff whip up everything from tacos to tamales to tostadas, all from scratch in-house and modeled after the quality Mexican food that owner Clyde Ross dined on as a kid in East Los Angeles. Their guacamole is unreal.

Giovanni’s Restaurant (Italian)

Giovanni’s ristorante has been operating for more than 30 years. Founders Lisa and Guiseppe wanted to bring their love of Italy to Ottawa and did they ever succeed. Authentic Italian dishes made with fresh seafood and AAA meat are topped off with quality service that makes you feel like part of the family.

Paradise Poke (Hawaiian)

The name of this tiny Bank Street place is truly apt – they serve paradise in a bowl. Their specialty namesake dish (pronounced like poh-kay) is healthy and fresh, making it the perfect option for a light and nutritious workday lunch. Build your own bowl or choose one of their existing flavour combinations, be it the traditional version with quality ahi tuna or one of the vegan options or those who aren’t as into seafood.

Thai Flame (Thai)

This casual Thai joint, unassumingly located in a strip mall in Bells Corners in what was once a tanning salon, is rarely busy and always delicious. With noodles, curries, seafood, salads and stir-fries, plus a great dessert menu, there’s something for every taste. It’s also one of the only places in the city where you can find pla sam rot – traditional Thai three-flavoured fish served whole - that alone makes it worth the trip.

Pilos Restaurant (Greek)

Located on Montreal Road in the city’s east end, Pilos is as authentic as it gets. Family owned, they have won seven Consumer’s Choice Awards over the years. The service is just as high quality as the food and there are dinner and lunch specials. Their chicken souvlaki is a must try.

???????Won Ton House (Chinese)

This real deal Chinese spot on Wellington Street West has been family owned and operated since it first opened in 1975. The restaurant is considered home and customers are part of the family, naturally leading to stand-out service and top-notch food. All dishes are cooked to order in the traditional Szechwan and Chinese styles and new menu items are added regularly to expand guests’ palettes.

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The goal at Tomo (meaning longtime friend) is to make everyone who enters feel like just that. They use only the freshest seasonal seafood to create the finest quality sushi. The chic décor and vibe escalate when the sun goes down with the addition of bottle service. They’re also the only restaurant in the city to showcase their legendary Sapporo beer towers.

???????Ozzy Food Market (Lebanese)

Ottawa loves their shawarma and Ozzy Food Market has the best in the city. They make their own kibee and kafta and provide free delivery, as well as deals on specials and platters. Plus, everything is halal. They also have a bakery that creates decadent traditional Middle Eastern desserts.

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