Throughout the province, locally-inspired chefs are making their mark on the culinary culture of their region. Heading to our nation’s capital, Ottawa offers a unique blend of Ontario’s celebrated ingredients and French inspiration from the neighbouring borders of Quebec. Check out some of our favourite Ottawa finds.
Nestled inside the Novotel Ottawa hotel, The Albion Rooms boasts a relaxed atmosphere, with friendly service and exceptional food. Executive Chef Jesse Bell has curated a menu that celebrates Ottawa Valley’s producers and local suppliers, while also incorporating nearby Quebec’s regional flavours. Looking for a stand out dish? Order the charcuterie board and you won’t be disappointed! This build-your-own style board lets you choose from various meats and cheeses to create your own local-centric tasting adventure.
Sharing a philosophy that we can get behind, Two Six Ate focus on making food inspired by local, fresh, sustainable products. Found in the heart of Ottawa’s Little Italy neighbourhood, they bring Italian flavours to life with locally-sourced ingredients. With a small-plates menu, you can easily sample a number of dishes, just make sure the arancini is one of those plates! Made with smoke Hubbard squash, pickled ramps and beet aioli, this is a local treat designed to tantalize the taste buds.
Taking a look at another of Ottawa’s tapas style restaurants, Play Food & Wine in the ByWard Market offers small plates that are big on local flavour. With a focus on sustainable and seasonal ingredients, Ontario duck liver, local goat and succulent pork belly are among the menu items brought in from area farmers. Each dish has a suggested wine pairing and with an extensive wine list from around the world, you’re likely to find a sip that’s perfect for your palette. But, for a more regional companion, pair your meal with a pint of Ottawa’s Kichesippi Brewery’s Heller Highwater, or Vankleek Hill’s Beau’s Lug Tread.
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As a southern Ontario farm girl, Stacey appreciates the hard work that goes into agriculture and is keen to support Ontario farmers. When she’s not writing copy or engaging on social media, you can find her dining at local small restaurants, cooking or enjoying Ontario craft beer and wine.