Restaurant Reviews


In addition to its obvious attributes – delicious food, a handsome look and superior service – there’s...

0 Comment / Jun 01, 2016


Belmont struck me as a bit of a brat when it first opened in 2014: I found it hard to like. It felt like...

0 Comment / May 11, 2016

Siam Bistro

Years of easy access to Thai food have probably made us blasé about it. But do you remember your first...

0 Comment / May 02, 2016

Around Town

Back to Ben Ben

I squeezed in under the wire: 2:45pm — still time to snag Ben Ben’s 11 to 3pm luncheon special....

0 Comment / Jun 22, 2016

First morels at Two Six Ate

The last time I went morel hunting I was with Ottawa forager Ivan Roy. It was late May, and we combed...

0 Comment / Jun 08, 2016

Sansotei Ramen arrives in Ottawa

On the Sansotei Ramen web page, this was the Wednesday afternoon post: “Ottawa, you guys have...

0 Comment / May 30, 2016

Comings & Goings

Share Freehouse shuttered

The doors of Share Freehouse in Somerset Village have closed, but a window's been left open for a possible...

0 Comment / Jun 03, 2016

Bar Laurel set to open... soon

Or "in less than two years" anyway, as the window says - a self deprecating reference to the two plus...

0 Comment / May 12, 2016

Au revoir Tante Carole

News that the husband and wife team of Jonathan Harris and Suyeon Myeong have closed their charming...

0 Comment / May 12, 2016

Gold Medal Plates

Atelier chef Marc Lepine handed cup and keys

“Am I in the right place?” he asked me. I was walking into restaurant atelier on Tuesday...

0 Comment / Jun 16, 2016

2016 Gold Medal Plates chefs

They've all accepted the invitation and I’m delighted with the lineup of competing chefs for 2016....

0 Comment / May 03, 2016

Canadian Culinary Championships 2016

Well folks, he did it again. Commandingly. Again. It was déjà vu at the Canadian Culinary Championships...

0 Comment / Feb 07, 2016

Anne Away

A week in Prosecco country

In the Spring issue of Taste & Travel Magazine, my piece on tromping around Prosecco country.

0 Comment / Apr 29, 2016

Local mission at Fairmont Banff Springs

There's something so 'Canadian' about sitting in a 19th century railway hotel, looking out over the splendid...

0 Comment / Feb 01, 2016

One Fish, Two Fish, Good Fish, True Fish

A story about Newfoundland cod, and about a collection of chefs who care deeply about sustainable...

0 Comment / Feb 01, 2016