3 Places To Try Sri Lankan Cuisine In Ottawa!

While there are only a few Sri Lankan restaurants in Ottawa, it doesn’t mean that they lack in terms of quality and service. I was very impressed with the restaurants I visited and here is my review on some of the restaurants offering Sri Lankan cuisine that you must visit if you are in Ottawa!

Something to remember!

  • Sri Lankan food is delicious but can be very spicy. You can always ask the server to reduce the spice for you and they might be able to accommodate the request.

Ceylonta – Best Sri Lankan Restaurant

Address: 403 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON K2P 0K1
Business website: https://ceylonta.com/

Roast Beef at Ceylonta

Out of all the restaurants in Ottawa that I have been to so far, I was really impressed with the service at Ceylonta. The manager made really good recommendations and the food was just next level delicious! This one might be the best Sri Lankan restaurant in Ottawa.

If you are wondering what I ordered – it was their roast beef and coconut sambal, both dishes were absolutely delicious. They also have a wide variety of mocktails and I think if you are looking to try a non-alcohol drink then definitely ask them what’s on their menu because my drink was great.

  • Sri Lankan and Indian Cuisine
  • Fine dining experience
  • Great cocktails
  • Great mocktails
  • Great for dates
  • Vegan options available


Address: 18 Beechwood Ave., Vanier, ON K1L 8A9
Business website: https://www.dhruvees.com/

Jaffna Chicken Curry at Dhruvees

Dhruvees comes as a fine dine restaurant perfect for dates or family gatherings. In terms of dining experience, they have done a really great job and I was very impressed with their décor. The chicken curry that I ordered had really soft and tender chicken, and food was served hot. The servers did put effort as well checking on me if I wanted anything else. While Dhruvees does offer Sri Lankan food menu items, they also have Indian and Indonesian food items on their menu as well.

  • Sri Lankan and Indian Cuisine
  • Upscale Fine dining experience
  • Great for dates / special family occasions
  • Vegan options available

Kothu Rotti

Address: 408 Dalhousie St, Ottawa, ON K1N 9J9
Business website: https://kothurotti.ca/

Combo meal at Kothu Rotti Restaurant

Kothu Rotti (temporarily closed) is a takeout oriented restaurant that offers Sri Lankan cuisine at a relatively affordable price. I was able to get a combo meal containing chicken, beef, rice and vegetables for a great price. The portion sizes were huge and the combo meal was more than enough for two people. Though I must say that the food was very hot/spicy.

  • Takeout oriented

Other options for Sri Lankan Cuisine in Ottawa –

Ayini Restaurant (Address: 605 Longfields Dr Unit 5, Ottawa, ON K2J 6T7) – While Ayini has a somewhat nice dining area, I think the food was a little below my expectations from this place. The Kothu Rotti I tried was good but I felt that it was missing something even though it was my first time ever trying the meal. They also offer South Indian cuisine, out of which I ended up trying Idli and Mutton Rolls. The Mutton Rolls were really good so I recommend you to try those at this place but they are spicy.

6 Top Sushi Restaurants In Ottawa Metro!

The Ottawa-Gatineau region has a ton of sushi restaurants and it can be quite hard to figure out which one offer a great sushi experience. I have made it easy for you by visiting out a number of sushi shops in the city and only listing those that offer an incredible sushi experience!

Sunrice Sushi

Address: 190 Dalhousie St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5G1
Business website: https://www.sunricesushi.ca/

House Special at Sunrice Sushi

What previously used to be a European style bistro is now a Japanese Sushi restaurant called Sunrice and while the restaurant is relatively new, they are doing a great job at it. Sunrice Sushi offers an extensive sushi menu and the prices are relatively very affordable for the quality of their sushi. I was surprised with the quantity of sushi that I got for my order as well. Besides Sushi, they also offer a variety of dishes including Poke, Noodle Soup, Donhuri, Deep Fried Rolls and More!

  • Upscale casual dining experience
  • Affordable pricing
  • Ideal for small group hangouts
  • Service in English and Japanese
  • Japanese Cuisine

Yuzumi Sushi

Address: 986 Wellington Street West, Ottawa, ON K1Y 2X8
Business website: https://yuzumi.ca/

Yuzumi Specialty Roll

This Japanese Fusion restaurant actually surprised me as it offers a sushi experience with their own unique taste. My sushi was spicy, flavorful and it was both soft/crunchy which is something I really enjoyed. Definitely try out their specialty rolls if you visit this sushi restaurant. They are also quite popular for their poke bowls and sushi tacos.

  • Casual dining experience
  • Takeout oriented restaurant

Sapporo Sushi Ottawa

Address: 1671 Carling Ave, Ottawa, ON K2A 0Y2
Business website: https://sapporosushiottawa.com/

Sapporo Sushi Ottawa

If you are on a date, then maybe you would want to go with the Sapporo Sushi restaurant in Ottawa. Their sushi is great and the restaurant has a bit more private space between tables. You might want to go with the Lover’s Platter that has a variety of sushi and comes with appetizers as well.

My order of Sushi had Mango sauce in it and was quite delicious. They do give out Free Miso soup and I think it’s quite rare to get free stuff at restaurants in Ottawa.

  • Casual upscale dining
  • Japanese cuisine
  • Suitable for large groups

Mya Sushi

Address: 277 Boulevard Saint-Joseph, Gatineau, Quebec J8Y 3Y2
Business website: https://myasushi.ca/

Hawaiian Roll at Mya Sushi

If you ever driving by in the Hull region, you should definitely try Mya Sushi restaurant which offers both Japanese as well as Vietnamese cuisine. My sushi was just fantastic and quite flavorful. I would definitely be visiting this place again. If you are going on a date, I recommend that you go for their popular choices. As the restaurant also offers Vietnamese cuisine, you might want to try their pho and other dishes as well.

Even though we were seated quite far away from the sushi chef, I was surprised that he actually showed up at our table and asked if the sushi served was good or not.

  • Japanese/Vietnamese Cuisine
  • Casual dining experience

Shinka Sushi

Address: 2900 Sheffield Rd, Ottawa, ON K1B 1A4
Business website: https://shinkasushibar.com/

Salmon Carpaccio at Shinka Sushi Bar

While Shinka Sushi previously used to offer a dining experience, it has now converted itself to a takeout only restaurant. Nevertheless, their Sushi is one of the best in the city. Shinka Sushi scores well on both presentation and flavor and I haven’t been disappointed with any of my visits so far.

I would hope that sometime in the future they have some seating capacity though as eating the sushi in a car is a little inconvenient. Some of their popular menu items are Spicy Yellowtail, Sashimi Omakase, and Salmon Carpaccio.

  • Takeout restaurant
  • No seating available
  • Japanese cuisine

Genji Japanese Restaurant

Address: 175 Lisgar St, Ottawa, ON K2P 0C3

Phoenix Roll with jalapeno, chicken, and spicy mayo sauce

Genji Sushi is a fine dining Japanese restaurant and offers quite an extensive sushi menu ranging from the cheap California rolls to the more expensive Dragon Rolls. I found my order of sushi to be fresh, flavorful and reasonably priced.

Some of the popular items at this restaurant include – Sweet Potato Maki, Salmon Avocado Maki, Spicy Salmon Maki, California Maki, Sake Maki

They also have a variety of cold/hot appetizers that might be worth trying. From the appetizers I ended up trying their baby octopuses which were quite delicious!

  • Japanese cuisine
  • Fine dining restaurant
  • Ideal for dinner dates

6 Country Bars In Ottawa Perfect For A Night Out

While country music is not huge in Ottawa, there are still some bars out there for country music fans to visit and enjoy country music. Here are some of the places that might be worth checking out if you are into the country lifestyle.

Nash Boîte Country

Address: 325 Bd Gréber, Gatineau, QC J8T 8J3
Business website: https://www.nashvillequebec.com/

Line Dancing at Nash Boite Country

Nash Boîte Country (also called Nash Bar Gatineau) is a new country bar that has opened up in Gatineau. Previously this place used to be called as X Lounge. This bar has a large dance floor than the other bars however it can still get quite packed with people during weekdays. If you are looking for line dancing then this would be the place to go.

  • Best Country and Western Bar
  • Best days to go: Friday and Saturday
  • Line Dancing Lessons on Wednesday
  • Large dance floor (relative to other bars)
  • Plays mostly country music
  • Live Musical performances
  • Only bar for proper line dancing in Ottawa
  • Lots of slot machines
  • Attracts relatively older demographic

My personal favorite western themed bar in Ottawa has been Nash Boite Country. The reason being almost always they have country music playing at the venue. This is the only bar in Ottawa where you will find people doing line dancing to country music almost everyday!

Crazy Horse Saloon

Address: 115 Roland Michener Dr, Kanata, ON K2T 1G7
Business website: https://www.thecrazyhorse.ca/

Crazy Horse Saloon (Nepean)

If you are really into country music and dancing then Crazy Horse Saloon would be your best bet! Out of all the places I have gone to so far, Crazy Horse Saloon offers the best experience in the city for country music folks. The place regularly has live music events and it can get quite busy so if you want to get a table, make sure that you arrive early! They also have a mechanical bull on certain days.

  • Best days to go: Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
  • Western themed Bar and Restaurant
  • Regular live music performances
  • Plays country music and hip hop.
  • Attracts a younger demographic
  • Free to enter but cover might apply on busy days
  • Can get very busy
  • Relatively small dance floor
  • Offers food and drinks
  • Bit of a drive from Ottawa downtown


Address: 75 Bd Gréber, Gatineau, QC J8T 3P9
Business website: https://restaurantpopobar.com/

Le Bum Du Country at Pop-O-Bar

Based out in Gatineau, Pop-O-Bar is a popular bar among locals for live music. Just make sure to check their schedule as sometimes they have other things like Karaoke going as well!

  • Best days to go: Friday and Saturday
  • Nice atmosphere
  • Live country music in both English and French!
  • Attracts a slightly older demographic
  • Lots of slot machines
  • Small dance floor
  • Small cover charge on weekends
  • Free coat check

Pop O Bar has a variety of events going throughout the year so make sure to check what event is going on as they are not always country. Regardless, if you are living in the Gatineau region, it is a bar that is worth checking out on the weekends.

Lunergans Pub and Eatery

Address: 1661 Montréal Rd, Gloucester, ON K1J 9B7

Lunergans Pub and Eatery

Lunergans Pub and Eatery has local country music nights every then and now! If there is a band performing then there wouldn’t be much of a dance floor at this place. I would recommend this place if you want to have chicken wings and beer while listening to country music.

  • Best days to go: Wednesday
  • Dive bar feel
  • Attracts older demographic
  • No dance floor

La P’tite Grenouille Gatineau

Address: 9 Rue Aubry, Gatineau, QC J8X 2H1
Business website: https://laptitegrenouille.ca/

La Petite Grenouille

I haven’t tried their food yet but this place gets packed on Weekends! La P’tite Grenouille usually has live music early in the night and then this place converts into a dance bar late into the night. The place tends to attract younger crowd on the weekends. Live music is usually country however once this place is a dance club then the place has a variety of hip hop, or dance music.

  • Best days to go: Friday and Saturday night
  • Bilingual live country music (French and English)
  • Drinks are cheaper (compared to bars in Ottawa)
  • There might be an entry fee over the weekend if you arrive late
  • Large dance floor on the second floor

Chateau Lafayette

Address: 42 York St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5S6
Business website: https://www.thelaff.ca/

The Laff Bar in Ottawa

The Chateau Lafayette is the most convenient spot to go to if you are in the Ottawa Downtown area. Located in the Byward Market, the venue has live country music every weekend! The Laff is quite well known for the its local performers who have been performing at the location for more than a decade now and previously the place has been visited by many popular celebrities including Justin Bieber!

  • Best days to go: Friday and Saturday
  • Dive Bar
  • Jukebox machine to play whatever music you want
  • Seating capacity for large group
  • Small dance floor

If you are looking for other options for country music in Ottawa, your best bet would be when the weather is warmer, as there are internationally known country music artists performing at different festivals in the city.

Feel free to share your experience if you have been to these places or know any other bar in the region.

6 Best Dance Bars For Salsa Dancing In Ottawa-Gatineau!

Here are some of my favorite salsa dancing dance bars that I think are worth visiting in Ottawa-Gatineau region. If you are looking primarily for lessons then I recommend these Salsa Dancing places instead which do lessons followed by social events.

Latinos Resto Bar

Address: 665 Bronson Ave, Ottawa, ON K1S 4E7
Business website: https://latinosrestobarottawaon.com/

Latinos Resto Bar

I found Latinos Resto Bar to be the best place in Ottawa for hangouts. Not only do they have Latin events on weekends, but occasionally on weekdays as well. Sometimes they also do Spanish Karaoke really late into the night. The crowd is very friendly and you can even ask people to dance here. Though I must say that the dance floor is a bit small.

  • Latin Dancing on both Fridays and Saturdays.
  • No cover if you arrive early.
  • This venue attracts both local as well as hispanic crowd.
  • Serves both food and alcohol.

Latin Saturdays at Le Forum

Address: 815 Rue Jacques-Cartier, Gatineau, QC J8T 2W2
Business website: https://leforum.ca/

Latin Dancing at Le Forum 888

Le Forum restaurant has Latin nights on Saturdays and they have a variety of music playing – primarily merengue, salsa, and reggaeton. They also play a bit of line dancing music so you will see people going crazy. Unlike other places, people at El Forum show up really late. The dance floor only starts to get busy after midnight.

  • The place is ideal for groups, not if you are seeking people to dance with.
  • The place attracts more of a Hispanic crowd.
  • Crowd is relatively less friendly than other places.
  • Cover charge always applies.

Mill Street Brew Pub

Address: 555 Wellington St, Ottawa, ON K1R 1C5
Business website: https://millstreetbrewery.com/

Mill Street Brew Pub

Mill Street Brew Pub does weekly events and is surprisingly packed on a Monday night. They also do beginner lessons if you have never done salsa or bachata before. I have heard that if you spend on food at this place then you might be able to get free entry to the event.

  • This place is ideal for individuals.
  • Cover charge always applies.
  • Large dance floor
  • Attracts primarily local Ottawa crowd.

The Mill Street Brew Pub is one of the few spots that is busy on a Monday. You would barely find any other dance bar in Ottawa that is busy on a Monday night. Great place to hangout with friends.

Amigos Sports Bar

Address: 858 Merivale Rd, Ottawa, ON K1Z 5Z4

Live performance at Amigos Sports Bar

Amigos does occasional salsa/bachata events as well. Usually they do the Latin nights on Tuesdays and sometimes the place can get quite packed. I did like that they have a huge dance floor and a sports bar section as well with pool tables.

  • Salsa/Bachata socials on Tuesdays
  • Pool tables and slot machines
  • Large dance floor
  • Dance performances
  • Lessons before socials

The Amigos Spots Bar is great for Tuesday Nights. I have been there a couple of times so far and it’s always been packed! Their lessons are a bit pricey compared to other dance bars however the overall atmosphere is great! They have a limited food menu but do allow you to bring food items from other restaurants.

Bar 7 @ Lake Leamy Casino

Address: 1 Bd du Casino, Gatineau, QC J8Y 6W3

Salsa Dancing at Lake Leamy Casino

Almost every Thursday, the Bar 7 at Lake Leamy Casino turns into a late night Latin dancing spot! Not only do they have a DJ for the night but also sometimes have live music! Definitely a place to check out if you love Latin Dancing. Unlike some of the other places, you won’t get any dance lessons here so make sure you are a bit prepared before heading here. Even though the bar has a large floor, the place does get quite packed during the night.

  • Salsa Dancing on Thursdays
  • Free entry
  • Live Spanish music
  • No lessons
  • Mixed demographic

Speakeasy Tapas Lounge

Address: 55 York St, Ottawa, ON K1N 9B8
Business website: https://speakeasyottawa.com/

Speakeasy Tapas Lounge

The Speakeasy Tapas Lounge is a Spanish restaurant; however, on Friday nights, their basement gets converted to a salsa dancing spot. Even though it has a small dance floor, you are going to have a blast as it has live musical performances.

  • Latin nights on Fridays
  • No cover charge (usually Free)
  • Live music
  • Plays salsa, merengue, bachata and reggaeton music
  • Attracts a mixed demographic
  • Located in Byward Market

What I really enjoy about the Speakeasy Tapas Bar is their Oyster Specials that cost about a dollar! You won’t find a better deal in Ottawa for that price and they taste great! Note that the Speakeasy Tapas Lounge doesn’t always have Latin nights so make sure to check with the business before heading there.

Other places for Salsa Dancing –

Rouge Lune Resto-Bar (Address: 70 Prom. du Portage, Gatineau, QC J8X 2K1)
Usually having Latin nights on the weekends, Rouge Lune can be a hit or miss. This Dance Bar is located in Hull which makes it very convenient if you are doing a bar crawl in Hull, having a couple of drinks and then heading down to Rouge Lune to end the night dancing with your mates!

Mavericks (Address: 221 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5X8)
Mavericks does do Latin nights often on weekends. This place might be convenient for those who are around the Byward Market area However, I found the place however too crowded to be able to dance. Mavericks often has live music performances.

Chez Putters (Address: 181 Principale St, Gatineau, Quebec J9H 6A6)
Chez Putters occasionally hosts Latin nights where they play salsa/bachata music. They have a large bar that has multiple pool tables, a virtual golf simulator, and other game machines. Usually Latin Nights take place on Saturdays and they often have live music. This might be ideal location for those who are located in Aylmer/Gatineau region and don’t want to drive down to Ottawa.

A Visit To Battures Green Beach in Gatineau

Battures Green – Gatineau, QC J8P 7C2

Known only among the locals, Battures Green is a beach consisting of coarse sediments and and is located alongside Boulevard Hurtubise. This place is a hidden gem if you are looking for quiet and relaxing place with a beautiful view.

Ideal to visit during Summers, it’s a nice spot to have picnic with your friends or family. Parking is free however just be careful as some of the area alongside the beach is privately owned.

Battures Green Beach

I had to wear my jacket as it was quite windy when I went to checkout this place! You might see other families doing their picnics alongside the area as well sometimes however the place is relatively calm and barely attracts tourists.

You might end up seeing seaplanes around the area as well and if you are not familiar with the term, they are aircrafts that are capable of taking off/landing on water.

Also if you didn’t knew, you can see Ottawa over the other side of the River! Though I won’t say that the views are spectacular, they are definitely relaxing! 🙂

Ottawa River Map

If you don’t have much to do and are looking for something to do in Gatineau, it’s worth checking out Battures Green!

Ottawa’s Hottest Spots for Authentic Nigerian Cuisine

Close your eyes and imagine the sizzle of Suya skewers charring over an open flame, the intoxicating aroma of ginger and garlic wafting through the air, the vibrant hues of red peppers and emerald greens dancing on your plate. This is Nigerian cuisine in Ottawa—a symphony of flavors and textures.

Here are some Nigerian restaurants in Ottawa that will awaken your senses and transport you to another world. Be warned that Nigerian Food is hot and spicy!!! 🌶️🌶️🌶️

Suya Palace

Address: 1066 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON K1Y 4T3
Business website: https://www.suyapalace.com/

Suya Palace is a Nigerian/African Charcoal Grill and is located on Somerset. Among the locals, this one is usually referred to as the Best Nigerian Restaurant in the Ottawa region and I agree.

Suya Beef and Goat meat combo at Suya Palace

The restaurant is located not too far from downtown and has usually been my go to spot for Nigerian Food! Here are their most popular menu items –

  • Suya Beef – Beef infused with aromatic Nigerian spices!
  • Suya Goat – Goat meat (has a more chewy texture)
  • Suya Chicken – Chicken infused with aromatic Nigerian spices!

Besides that they also have a variety of Nigerian soups which are served with meat and fish, something that you would not find at other restaurants in Ottawa.

If you do not enjoy meat, try their fried plantains and jollof rice, both of which are yummy!

Quick summary about Suya Palace –

  • Nigerian Cuisine
  • Large dining area
  • Takeout option available
  • Casual dining
  • Variety of Suya
  • Limited vegan menu
  • Family friendly environment
  • Catering service
  • Located in Downtown Ottawa

Suya Joint/African Grill

Address: 1383 Clyde Ave., Nepean, ON K2G 3H7
Business website: https://suya-joint.com/

Located in Nepean, Suya Joint is another place that offers a casual atmosphere to explore Nigerian Food. They also have vegetarian options like veggie skewers with Tofu and Bell Pepper.

While there are dining options available at the location, the restaurant mainly caters to people who are looking to grab and go with their meals.

  • Nigerian restaurant
  • Takeout oriented
  • Casual atmosphere
  • Dining options available
  • Bit of a drive from downtown ottawa

How has your experience been visiting Nigerian restaurants in Ottawa? Do you know of any other place that offers Nigerian food in the Ottawa region? Let us know!

4 Convenient Baby Passport Photos Services In Ottawa

Not all photo businesses take baby passport photos which can make it a little tricky to find a business that does. There are many locations in Ottawa where you get baby passport photos.

Here are some places where you can get baby passport photos done in the Ottawa region –

Walmart Photo Centers

Business website: https://www.walmartphotocentre.ca/

Your best bet to have affordable prices for baby photos would be try Walmart. Some Walmart Locations might run promotions sometimes where they give additional discount on passport photos.

The Walmart Photo Center offers photo printing services and can also do photo gifts and film processing. You even have the ability to upload the photos and get them delivered which is something many small shops might not offer!

Pricing starts at $16.97 for passport photos.
Address: 2277 Riverside Dr., Ottawa, ON K1H 7X6
Address: 500 Earl Grey Dr, Kanata, ON K2T 1B9
Address: 1980 Ogilvie Rd, Gloucester, ON K1J 9L3

  • Cheapest option
  • Multiple locations
  • Online upload and pickup option
  • Offers photo gifts, film processing services
  • Same-day service

Superior Photo

Business website: https://www.westgateshoppingcentre.ca/store/Superior-Photo/2138918391/

Superior Photo is located in the Westgate Shopping Centre on Carling Avenue. Their business appears to be highly recommended on social media websites and also has good ratings on Google Maps.

Superior Photo has been in business for more than 35 years.

Pricing: Starts at around $20.00 for two photos.
Address: Westgate Shopping Centre, 1309 Carling Ave Unit 22, Ottawa, ON K1Z 7L3

  • Fast service
  • Closed on Sundays

Sooter’s Photography (1996photolab)

Business website: https://1996photolab.com/

Sooter’s Photography has been in business for more than 30 years. They do have multiple locations and don’t require reservations so can walk-in anytime for your photos.

Pricing: Around $19.99 and you have to pay extra if you want digital.
Address: 2277 Riverside Dr., Ottawa, ON K1H 8K2
Address: 1430 Prince of Wales Dr., Ottawa, ON K2C 1N6
Address: 129 Bank St., Ottawa, ON K1P 5N7

  • Upload and order option
  • No reservation required
  • Downtown location
  • Open on Sundays

Shoppers Drugmart

Business website: https://www.shoppersdrugmart.ca/

There are two shoppers drug mart on Richmond Road that you can try for photos.

Pricing: Around $19.99 for two pictures.
Address: 1460 Richmond Rd, Ottawa, ON K2B 6S1
Address: 410 Richmond Rd, Ottawa, ON K2A 4C4

  • Multiple locations
  • Upload and delivery option
  • No appointment required.

Please note that pricing is subject to change.

If you had a great experience with a photo center, feel free to share your experience with us through the comments section! Please do add their name, address and pricing as well.

Pub Italia: Ottawa’s Church-Themed Pub

I have found a place in Ottawa that ticks all of the boxes that you might be looking for when visiting a pub for a meal and drink! The place is called Pub Italia and is located in Little Italy.

They have a really nice patio during summers, and the indoors remind you that you might be in a Church! Combine that with great food and service and you get the perfect hangout spot!

Once you get your table, you don’t get a drinks menu but instead you get their ‘Beer Bible’ which has a large variety of drinks that they offer! You are probably going to find so many options that you might not have tried before!

Pub Italia Ottawa

I ended up ordering one of their pizzas which turned out to be great! The portion size for one person is more than enough! You might want to share it with someone if possible! Also the drink was served chilled! Service times were reasonable despite having a big group and I didn’t really have anything to complain about!

While Pub Italia is more popular to have drinks, their food is great as well. There is ample space at the place for really big groups, and you can even arrange private space for events at the pub.

Popular Menu Items

Wondering what to order at Pub Italia? Here are some of their popular menu items –

  • Lasagna
  • Abruzzi Pizza
  • Dante Pizza
  • Bread Basket
  • Coffee
  • Sangria
  • Delerium Blonde
  • Pesto Pasta

About Pub Italia

Established in 1994, Pub Italia has become a popular destination for beer drinkers and pizza lovers. The Pub is known for its church-themed decor featuring glass windows and statues.

  • Italian gastro pub
  • Church themed decor
  • Casual upscale dining
  • Large beer collection
  • Known for pizza
  • Great for dates and large groups
  • Large patio

Contact Pub Italia

Address: 434 Preston St, Ottawa, ON K1S 4N4, Canada
Phone: +1 613-232-2326
Business website: https://pubitalia.ca/

How has your experience been so far with Pub Italia? Do you think there is another great themed restaurant in Ottawa that does it better? Please let us know!

My Hotpot Adventure at Liuyishou Ottawa

Unlike other restaurants where you get a cooked meal served to you, at a HotPot restaurant you choose what vegetables/meat you want and then you have to cook them in the broth provided. With the option to customize the dipping sauce, it actually makes a great experience for everyone involved!

As a person who does hotpot almost on a weekly basis, and have been disappointed by some restaurants who do hotpot, my expectations were quite low when I went to have HotPot At Liuyishou Hotpot (Chinese Hotpot) in Nepean.

Photo: Liuyishou Hotpot

Hotpot Experience at Liuyishou

At Liuyishou You can either go with a la carte or all-you-can-eat option for your hot pot. If you are really hungry and eat a lot, I recommend that you go with all-you-can-eat option. Otherwise a la carte. It might be good to do some math as well as if you eat a lot then a la carte might turn out to be a bit pricey.

You start off by deciding what type of broth you want. Liuyishou offers a bit more variety in terms of broths as previously I had only seen Chicken or Beef broth at other hotpot restaurants. They also had Pork Bone Broth if you prefer to have non-spicy versions of the broth.

The next step for you is to decide on what meat, seafood and vegetables you want to have. They have a lot of options on their menu to choose from! For my Hotpot, I decided to go with

  • House Special Marinated Beef
  • Chinese Cabbage
  • House Special Green Been Noodle
  • Daikon Radish
  • Signature Tofu Skin
  • Enoki Mushroom
  • Layered Beef Tripes

While I waited for my food items to be served at my table, I went to the Sauce Bar that they have to make my own dipping sauce. You pick up a variety of different ingredients from the sauce bar into your bowl and then stir it all together. Since the sauce turned out quite good, I am sharing my recipe here as well –

  • Peanut Sauce – 1 tablespoon
  • Chili Oil – 1 tablespoon
  • Garlic – 1 tablespoon
  • Green Onions – 1 tablespoon
  • Cumin Sauce – 1 tablespoon
  • Beef Sauce – 1 tablespoon

Once the items that I ordered came at the table, I put them some of them in small portions into the hotpot to cook for a few minutes and then took them out to cool down for a few seconds before dipping into the sauce and eating it.

Liuyishou Hotpot Review

I must say that this was one of the best experiences I have had with the hotpot so far. The service at Liuyishou Hotpot Ottawa is good and they have a variety of sauces available to get that perfect dipping sauce that you want for your hotpot. I actually got to try some new combinations that I have never before and they all turned out great.

If you have never been at a Hotpot place before I definitely recommend you to try out this place! Also it would be worth asking the servers on their recommendations if it’s your first time as a lot of things might be unfamiliar to you.

Other Items at Liuyishou Hotpot

Besides the whole hotpot experience, they do have some other options but those are a bit limited. If you are not into hotpot then you can order the following items at the Restaurant.

  • Egg Fried Rice
  • Rice Noodle with Vegetables
  • Pan Fried Vegetables and Beef on Rice
  • Rice Noodle with Sliced Beef
  • Rice with Stewed Beef Brisket

About Liuyishou Hotpot

Liuyishou Hotpot specializes in Chongqing-style hotpot and offers a variety of broths, fresh and quality ingredients with a social atmosphere.

  • Chinese restaurant
  • Meat/Seafood/Vegan options available
  • Casual upscale dining
  • Pricier than other casual restaurants
  • Best hotpot in Ottawa
  • Beer/Wine/Snacks available
  • Expect waiting during peak hours
  • Delivery option available

Contact Liuyishou Hotpot Ottawa

Address: 10-1568 Merivale Rd, Nepean, ON K2G 3J9
Phone: +1 613-680-0188
Business website: https://www.liuyishouna.com/

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Free Private Party Room At Pub 101 In Ottawa

A lot of places in Ottawa ask you to put a deposit; and sometimes even ask you to pay in advance for the room but not this one! Pub 101 located in the Byward Market area actually has a large room upstairs that can be used for private events and you can easily fit 50 people!

The room is equipped with all the basic stuff that you would need for your party, there is a lot of seating space as well as standing space. A small bar to order drinks and food. Also there are party lights and large TV screen that could be possibly used for your event.

Photo: Private Party Room at Restaurant Pub 101 In Ottawa

There is a small stage as well with a large TV screen and speakers that sometimes people setup for music performance or Karaoke events! You could even use that for teaching dancing maybe!

Photo: Pub 101 stage

Reserving Your Room

To reserve the space you would need to contact them through their website, call them or send them out an email. You should get a confirmation same-day as well. There are no charges and no deposit is required! Isn’t that wonderful? Just make sure that you do your reservation at least a few days in advance as sometimes they have other events being hosted there.

Also Pub 101 serves their own food and drinks so if you are planning to bring something other than a cake, you might need their permission.

Benefits of booking with Pub 101

  • Reservation is free (unlike other places that charge or have deposits)
  • Large space can easily have 20-80 people
  • Cheap drinks
  • Affordable food options
  • Meat and vegan options (wings, salads, burger)
  • TVs and Large Sound Speakers
  • Room fitted with strobe lights
  • Private Bar with stools
  • Lots of seating capacity and standing floor space

About Pub 101

Pub 101 is an easygoing bar with a patio and is located in the byward market which makes it a great spot for bar hoppers. Pub 101 hosts occasional Karaoke and Comedy nights and their most popular food item is their Wings.

Contact Pub 101

Address: 101 York St, Ottawa, ON K1N 8Y3
Phone: +1 613-562-4665
Business website: https://pub101.com/