7 Food Menu Items At 98LaLa Noodles Reviewed!

98LaLa Noodles is one of those restaurants which might not have the most impressive indoors, but their food is definitely awesome!

All of the hand-pulled noodles options at 98Lala Noodles are Lanzhou style and contain no soy sauce. Instead they have a lighter taste from the beef broth that is flavored with salt and herbs. The broth also contains chinese radish, chili oil and parsley.

Couple of notes before you order –

  • You can decide the level of spice for the noodles.
  • For most people, medium spice would be more than enough.
  • Their small size is quite big. Go Large only if you have a big appetite.
  • You have the option to decide the type of noodles.
  • You can have extras (eggs/meat/shrimps) added to your noodles.
  • Some of the appetizers are served cold so check with the server.

Here is a short review of some of the menu items I have tried so far –

Noodles with Ribs

If you are feeling really hungry go with the Noodles with Ribs. This item is served in Large size only and I felt it was more than enough for two people! The broth is spicy and tastes really good while the ribs meat is so soft it just melts in your mouth!

Noodles with Ribs

Sichuan Dan Dan Noodles

The Sichuan Dan Dan noodles were ordered with thin flat noodles and had medium spice. You do have the option of adding additional chili oil if you want a bit of an extra kick. If you are looking to have Dan Dan noodles in Ottawa then this chinese restaurant would be your go-to spot!

Dan Dan Noodles

Beef Stew Noodles

The order for Beef Stew Noodles came with the thick round noodles option. The beef was really soft and the broth was delicious as well!

Beef Stew Noodles

Noodles with Minced Pork Paste

I ordered a regular for the Minced Pork Noodles and didn’t really find them to be spicy unlike other noodles. I think these ones were my least favorite out of all the menu items I have tried so far at 98lala Noodles.

Noodles with Minced Pork Paste

Lamb Skewers (spicy)

98LaLa Noodles has a lot of appetizers to choose from and from all of them, I think their Lamb Skewers have been my favorite. The meat has a blend of hot and spicy seasoning and is supposed to feel like what you would expect from street food in China. They do have other seasoned BBQ options meat/seafood/vegetarian options as well if you are not into lamb or meat in general.

BBQ Lamb Skewers

Beef Skewers (spicy)

I found the Lamb Skewers to be a bit more enjoyable compared to the Beef skewers. The seasoning for both meats appeared to be the same however I think the texture of meat made a bit of a difference. Before this I have only tried out the skewers from Costco and these ones are a lot better than the ones you get in store.

Beef Skewers at 98Lala Noodles

Pepper Chicken (medium hot)

Unlike other appetizers, the Pepper Chicken dish is served cold and has quite a unique taste. I would recommend you to try out this appetizer.

Pepper chicken

Visit 98lala Noodles!

98lala noodles is located close to the Byward Market area. Prices for their mains appear to be quite reasonable compared to other restaurants in the area. There is limited street parking available which is free after normal working hours.

Address: 179 George St, Ottawa, ON K1N 1J8

Business website: https://lala-noodle.com/

3 Great Spots In Aylmer Quebec For Hot And Spicy Wings!

You don’t necessarily need to leave Aylmer to have some of the most delicious chicken wings! Here are some Aylmer restaurants that have the best hot and spicy wings –

Bistro L’Autre Oeil

Address: 103 Chem. Eardley, Gatineau, QC J9H 4K7
Business Website – https://www.bistrolao.com/

Spicy KAO wings at Bistro Lao

If you are seeking the most delicious wings in Aylmer then Bistro L’Autre Oeil would be the place to go! Order their Kao Spicy Wings which are hot and spicy. They are probably one of the best hot wings I have had so far in the Ottawa-Gatineau metro area. They do have half priced wings sometimes going on as well so check with the restaurant on their specials when you are headed there.

  • Bistro
  • Casual upscale dining experience
  • Service in French and English
  • Most flavorful hot wings

Bistro 129

Address: 129 Principale St, Gatineau, Quebec J9H 3M5
Business Website – https://www.bistromexicana129.com/

Suicide Wings at Bistro Mexicana 129

Bistro 129 has suicide wings that I think have the highest heat level of all the hot chicken wings that I have tried in Aylmer so far! I recommend that you have these with the ranch dressing to cool yourself off a bit. The Chicken wings also come in Red Hot, Barbecue, Honey Garlic, Honey Chipotle flavors if you feel like you can’t handle the heat.

  • Mexican cuisine
  • Casual upscale dining experience
  • Service in French, English and Spanish
  • Ideal for large gatherings
  • Hottest wings

Ouest Wings

Address: 103 Chem. Eardley, Gatineau, QC J9H 4K7
Business Website – https://ouest-wings.business.site/

Curry Pineapple Wings at Ouest Wings Aylmer

Ouest Wings is a surprisingly small takeout restaurant that has become popular among the Aylmer community for its variety of hot wings! They do have a number of wing flavors that you would not find at other restaurants in Gatineau, some of them being – Curry Pineapple, G Tao, Piri Piri rub, Fuego, Baja Chipotle and more! If you’re not into hot wings, the restaurant does have a few other food menu items, including empanadas, chips, and burgers. Apparently, Ouest Wings is open on a seasonal basis and is closed during winters! If you are headed there, make sure the business is open!

  • Takeout oriented restaurant / Patio dining available
  • Service in French, English and Spanish
  • Closed during winter season
  • Budget friendly restaurant
  • Wide variety of chicken wing flavors

If you are looking for other options in Ottawa Metro for hot wings, you should definitely checkout Chez Lucien which is located close to the Byward Market area in Ottawa.

3 Restaurants Absolutely Worth Visiting In Aylmer Quebec!

Despite being a small town, Aylmer has no shortage of quality international cuisine! Here are 3 Aylmer restaurants that you should definitely visit –

Restaurant Antonyme

Address: 150 Principale St, Gatineau, Quebec J9H 3M4
Business website – https://restaurant-antonyme.ca/

Drumstick Lolli at Restaurant Antonyme

If you love French and Spanish cuisine then you must visit Restaurant Antonyme! This restaurant offers a very nice/cozy atmosphere which is ideal for date nights or hanging out with a small group of family or close friends. I think it’s one of the best restaurants in Aylmer and the prices for the meals are not that high either. I had the opportunity to have the Drumstick Lolli at this place and it was delicious!

  • French cuisine
  • Fine Dining Experience
  • Impressive Food Presentation
  • Elegant decor
  • Ideal for dinner dates
  • Service in French and English

Sushi Haru Haru

Address: 181 Principale St, Gatineau, Quebec J9H 6J9

Sushi Haru Haru (Aylmer)

Located in the Galeries Aylmer shopping mall, Sushi Haru Haru is probably one of the best sushi shops that you will find in the Aylmer region. While I wasn’t impressed with their dining area, their quality of sushi is amazing and people working there are quite friendly as well, making sure that you are enjoying what you are having! This sushi restaurant has Korean founders so don’t be surprised if you see Korean food items on their menu!

  • Japanese/Korean Cuisine
  • Sushi Restaurant
  • Casual Dining Experience / Takeout oriented
  • Simple decor
  • Service in French, English and Korean (if owners are there)

Amazonas Peruvian Restaurant

Address: 19 Chem. Eardley, Gatineau, QC J9H 4J8
Business website: https://www.amazonasrestaurant.com/

Amazonas Peruvian Restaurant

For a small town like Aylmer, you might not think that they won’t have excellent Peruvian cuisine but you would be surprised how good food is here at Amazonas Peruvian Restaurant. I recommend you guys to head to this restaurant when they have their special unlimited buffet going on, and get their ceviche’s which will offer you the best bang for your buck!

  • Service in French, English and Spanish
  • Offers occasional buffets
  • Casual Dining Experience
  • Simple decor
  • Latin American cuisine (Peruvian)

Most restaurants in Aylmer can serve you in both French and English. If you don’t speak French then you can always ask them for the menu in English.

Spicy Rice Noodles In Ottawa At Yunshang Rice Noodle!

I think I have found another restaurant that I will be visiting often in Ottawa! The restaurant is called Yunshang Rice Noodle and it’s a Yunan (Chinese) cuisine restaurant. It’s a small chain of restaurants founded in Toronto but now has a restaurant in Ottawa as well!

Spicy Rice Noodles at Yunshang Rice Noodle

I was specifically attracted by their special for the day where they were offering their Signature Rice Noodles for only $6 when they are usually priced at $14. I also ordered some additional slices of Beef that I wanted to have with my rice noodle.

Service is quite fast here and my order came within 5-10 minutes. My order of Spicy Rice Noodles consisted of a boiling pot of broth, rice noodles as well as a plate consisting of assorted seafood, vegetables, as well as meat sauce.

Eating rice noodles with meat sauce

How to eat rice noodles?

People have different approaches to eating rice noodles but here is one way –

  • Put all the vegetables/seafood/meat except meat sauce in the boiling broth.
  • Put the rice noodles afterwards
  • Wait a few minutes till everything in the pot is cooked.
  • Using fork/chopsticks, take some of the cooked stuff out in another bowl.
  • Take a little bit of meat sauce and eat it with your meal!

I think the Spicy Rice Noodles turned out to be great and is probably one of the best Chinese noodles I have had in Ottawa! If you are not into spice, they do have an original (non-spicy) as well as tomato flavored broth!

This place is really good and would be something I would recommend anyone to go to!

Address: 275 Bank St Unit 101, Ottawa, ON K2P 2L6

Rating – 9/10

Business website: https://yunshang.ca/

Fiery Malaysian Food At Chahaya Malaysia!

My love for Spicy Food took me to Chahaya Malaysia in Ottawa! While the name suggests it’s a Malaysian restaurant, they do have a number of Indonesian as well as vegetarian options. The restaurant was a bit of a drive for me since it’s in Gloucester (a suburb of Ottawa).

Chahaya Malaysia

Here’s what I ordered from their menu –

  • Shrimp rolls (appetizer)
  • Chef’s Special Chicken (main item)
  • Basmati Rice (side item)

The shrimp rolls (4 pieces) came with ketchup and while I have seen a number of restaurants serve spring rolls with chicken/beef/vegetarian, this is the first time I was going to try shrimp rolls at a restaurant. The rolls come with ketchup dipping sauce and makes them even more enjoyable to eat.

My main item was the Chef’s Special Chicken which is also called Ayam Istimewa in Malaysia. It’s their most popular item and consists of fried chicken with carrots, pepper, mushroom, broccoli and chili. It’s recommended that you go with a side item like rice with your main item. The chicken turned out to be hot and spicy. I think it has just the right amount of spice and the rice went well along with it!

Food portions for the menu item are decent; and the service was reasonably fast. I didn’t have to wait too long to get the item. Overall very happy with the food, and I would like to try more Malaysian/Indonesian food items off their menu!

Address: 1690 Montréal Rd, Gloucester, ON K1J 6N5

Rating: 9/10

Business website: https://chahayamalaysia.ca/

Good Shawarma In Gatineau At La Casbah Shawarma!

Even though Gatineau has a ton of Shawarma restaurants, I have rarely been to any Shawarma spots in the city despite being here for almost two years now! I think part of the reason might be that I went to another Shawarma restaurant a while back and the food didn’t really meet my expectation. But that doesn’t mean that all spots are like that!

My recent visit at La Casbah was actually quite pleasant. The place looks very clean and immediately upon entering, I was welcomed by a friendly person working there. I ended up ordering a Beef Shawarma which had spicy garlic sauce and a bunch of veggies in it. I also ended up ordering a fruity drink called Kodisos. While paying at the Cashier counter, I was offered a free sample of their falafel to try out.

Casbah Shawarma

I was actually surprised as to how good this Beef Shawarma was! If you haven’t tried Shawarma before, it basically has meat and veggies in a flatbread. There was enough meat in and I enjoyed the spicy taste of the garlic sauce which went quite well with it. The portion of the Shawarma is decent enough to fill you up.

I don’t like mango drinks usually because a lot of what you get in the stores is quite sour. However this drink called Kodisos was actually really good. It is probably one of the better Mango juices I have tried so far.

Great customer service and great Shawarmas at La Casbah!

Rating – 8.5/10

Business website: https://www.instagram.com/lacasbahshawarma

Address: 35 Allée de Hambourg Unit 101, Gatineau, Quebec J9J 0G5

Trying Out Momos For First Time In Ottawa At The Momo Spot!

I like to call myself a Momo Connoisseur! There was actually a time when I would eat momos on daily basis when I was living in India. But unlike Delhi where you could find street food joints serving momos in less than a minutes walk, there are not a lot of Momo restaurants in the Ottawa area. Only recently I noticed that there is a place called The Momo Spot and decided to give it a try.

If you haven’t had momos before, they are dumplings from Nepal (and also Tibet). The Momo Spot is a Nepali restaurant serving a limited menu of basic as well as specialty dumplings.

Chili Stir Fried and Jhol Momos at the Momo Spot!

Their steamed momos are similar to what you would see on the streets however I would recommend that you go for their signature dishes instead which is something I found as a unique experience and not something that you usually see at other restaurants. I also ended up trying their – Chili Stir Fried Momos and Jhol Momos off their menu.

While the Jhol Momos in Nepal are actually served with Buffalo’s meat in Nepal, at the Momo Spot they are actually served with a vegetarian sauce. The dumplings tasted good enough, and the flavor of sauce reminded me of sambar (lentil based vegetable soup). However, I felt that it was not spicy enough for me.

The next item that I had was the Chilli Stir Fried momos and not only they looked red hot, but actually I really enjoyed the flavor as well. They were quite delicious.

The service is alright, the portions are a little smaller so you might feel that you are actually having appetizers. This is probably one of the cheaper restaurants I have been so far in Ottawa! I think on my next visit, I would like to try their steamed momos as well with the different variety of sauces that they offer.

Address: 79 Holland Ave, Ottawa, ON K1Y 0Y1

Business website: https://iwantmomos.com/

Rating: 8/10

Works Burger And Red Sangria At Patty’s Pub Ottawa!

Patty’s Pub has one of the nice and spacious patios that I have seen in Ottawa so far! While the outdoor looks modern; their in-house dining is a different experience and takes you decades back (in a good way lol)! The owners have tried to create the perfect pub experience and they have done it very well! Not only that but the place has a large collection of lagers from the Ashton Brewing Company.

I got myself Their Works Burger with Fries! And for my drink I got myself a glass of Red Sangria! Both my meal and drink tasted quite good! Works Burger consisted of – Beef patty, cheese, mushroom, lettuce, onion, pickle, and bacon!

Patty’s Pub is quite popular among University students from Carleton as well as Ottawa. You will often end up seeing graduate parties as well at the place!

Overall, I think it’s a really well rounded place to hangout! and I would like to check it out again sometime during night time! Didn’t run into any issues, service was good and atmosphere is great as well!

Address: 1186 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1S 3X9

Rating: 8/10

Good Vibes And Elk Burger At The Works Ottawa!

As soon as I entered The Works @ 580 Bank Street, even though the place was empty, it does appear to have a really good atmosphere! The place is all well lit up, clean and quite spacious! Also I didn’t knew this but I have been told that the Works is really well known among the locals for its burgers.

The way how things work at The Works is you decide one of the burgers off their menu, and depending on your preference you can customize it a bit more than what other restaurants offer. So you can decide on a variety of patty’s that they have (chicken, wagyu beef, elk, plant-based). Also you can go for a number of sides that they have – fries, chips, broccoli, weeds, poutine, salad, onion rings and more! They also give you an option to what type of bun you want – White, Bunless, Lettuce Bun and Multi Grain.

Elk Burger and Sangria at The Works Ottawa

Most of the times, when I am out, I go for the beef patty. However I saw that they had Elk Burger on their menu so decided to go with the Elk on the Beech (with multigrain bun). For my side item, I ordered their spicy die-cut chips. I also ended up ordering Sangria on the side.

I found the Elk Burger quite flavorful! It’s one of the few times I have had an Elk Burger and I think I did enjoy eating it! But I found their spicy die-cut chips quite delicious! I wasn’t expecting the chips to be that good! For me, the portion of the meal were good enough. By the time I had finished the burger, I was feeling stuffed.

The Sangria that I ordered, tasted a little off but it appears that I just to stir it a little bit to get the flavors right.

Service at The Works is good, our drinks came up at our table real quick and the server tended to us often checking if we needed anything. I would definitely recommend this place.

Address: 580 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1S 3T3

Rating – 8/10

BBQ Ribs In The Patio At O’Brien’s Roadhouse

Last week I decided to have a meal at O’Brien’s Roadhouse. The restaurant is located on Industrial Avenue and is a bit far from the Ottawa downtown. Depending on traffic conditions that can be about 25-35 minutes from the Ottawa Downtown area.

O’Brien’s Roadhouse Restaurant

There are two things that I noticed about this place; first of all it’s huge! There is a lot of space and you can bring a large group and have no seating issues. Secondly, this is one of the few places in Ottawa area that play Country Music. So if you are looking for restaurants with a bit of country vibe, you should head to the roadhouse!

Since the weather was nice, we decided to dine in their patio! Not only do they have a lot of space inside but outside as well! Also they do have really nice comfy seats in their patio if you want to drink and relax.

Patio Area

I ended up ordering half rack of ribs and fries; though you have option to replace fries with garlic mash or house salad. The ribs are smoked, grilled and basted with their BBQ sauce. The food tasted real good!

BBQ Ribs and Fries

I am impressed with the service at this place. The server was very attentive to what we wanted; and checked with us often. Also I noticed that she made my friend’s drink real fancy.

O’Brien’s Roadhouse Dining

Even though the area around which this restaurant is based might not feel much, the restaurant has a really good atmosphere and I had a great experience with this restaurant. Highly recommended!

Rating – 9/10

Address: 730 Industrial Ave, Ottawa, ON K1G 0Y9