Posts Tagged ‘beer’

Petit Bills Bistro, Wellington West

Well, this post has been in “draft” mode for about 6 months or longer.

PB’s is a “Newfie Bistro with a French accent” (or is it French bistro with a Newfie accent?). That line is a bit kitchy isn’t it? But it works. The Christmas displays are OVER the top, I mean, the whole she-bam, with Santa climbing up a ladder decorating the tree and a train that whizzes around it. When you go in there, you know, IT IS CHRISTMAS!

I love this place. It’s cozy and inviting. The owners, brothers Terry and Randy are ALWAYS there at the bar (one or the other, rarely both) and they know their seafood.

The menu is heavy on the seafood, but it is good. The chowder and the lobster poutine seem to be their “signature” dishes, and both are excellent. The wine list is heavily-VQA oriented, which I love, and they also have my favorite local K-beer on tap.

As always, I recommend sitting at the bar or in the lounge area. You get a more “real” restaurant experience, with the action at the bar and the kitchen within sight

If you haven’t been, check this place out

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Hintonburger @ the Elmdale

I don’t think I’ve ever reviewed the Elmdale. It’s the cornerstone of Hintonburg, a real watering hole and one of the only “Taverns” left in Ottawa. What’s the difference you say? Well, from what I understand it just means they can sell alcohol but don’t have to have food. Yet they do: pickled onions and chips.

and now: Hintonburgers!! Amazing!! You can order a Hintonburger and it will be delivered to your table at the Elmdale from down the street every half hour! Now that is what I call SERVICE. Not to mention Sharing (and we all know that Sharing is caring right?)

So have a Hintonburger, have a Kichesippi, and enjoy some local talent (Local Ivan is playing next Friday). Now THAT is what I call a true Ottawan experience

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Allium, Hintonburg

great service @ Allium!

I’ve been meaning to visit Allium for ages & ages. I’m actually quite ashamed to say I’ve never been there, but there it is.

We were greated at the door by a lovely gentleman who loves the 5-dolla words. He offered us a lovely table by the window in a corner, and just asked that we wait one moment while he wiped & reset it. The restaurant was mostly empty but he has obviously experienced people asking for that table even if the other tables are waiting to be sat.

They have a really great menu setup. While I assume the menu itself changes frequently, they have wine pairing in the wine menu to match everything that is on the food menu. I assume there is somewhat of a “formula” to the food menu, so they have offered a wine pairing to go with all the fishes that they offer. The obvious flaw to this is that fish can have a fairly bland bouquet, and at times, as with chicken, the pairing needs to go more with the sauce and the sides than it does with the actual fish. At any rate the pairing seems very reasonable regardless of the sauces and sides, and also seemed offerings that were by the glass.

Wine prices were fairly even. They are offering a Zahel Gruner Veltliner from Austria at 45$ a bottle, which is the same price as at ZenKitchen, and much lower than the same bottle at Fraser (sorry to continually use this bottle as an example but it’s hard to remember all the prices of all the wines at all the different restaurants so I just go with the ones I notice & remember).

We both went for Kichesippi beer, which paired fabulously with everything we had (scallops, bc salmon & the soup). Finished off our meal with the banoffee pie, which is a must if it’s your first time, although I would recommend sharing it as it’s pretty heavy, not as sickly-sweet as some of the desserts at the Wellington, but with a lovely light chantilly whipped cream. (side note: “Chantilly” can be used as a noun, as in the town in N. France; ¬†or an adjective, as in “chantilly cream” – whipped and sweetened)

as for our 5-dolla word server, he informed me that the restrooms were “up the stairs, through the door at the back, down the stairs and ultimately at the end of the hallway. Needless to say the resto is not ¬†accessible, but the washrooms were well appointed and very clean.

Great food, great service

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