Do­mus Café

Ottawa Business Journal - Ottawa at Home - - FOOD EATING OUT -

While the warm, min­i­mal­ist dé­cor at Do­mus Café is comfortable and invit­ing, it’s the food that makes this By­ward Mar­ket eatery very pop­u­lar. Chef and owner John Tay­lor has been a trail­blazer in the lo­cal, sea­sonal food move­ment with a mis­sion to con­nect restau­rants and din­ers more di­rectly with the re­gions farm­ers. Reser­va­tions are rec­om­mended as Do­mus tends to be very busy at lunchtime, given its cen­tral lo­ca­tion and con­sis­tently im­pres­sive food.

With its lemony walls and south-fac­ing win­dows, Do­mus is cer­tainly one of Ottawa’s cheeri­est lunch spots. The ma­jor­ity of lunch clien­tele at Do­mus are ei­ther busi­ness peo­ple or groups of ladies, says John, but in the sum­mer­time, the fo­cus shifts to in­clude lots of tourists. He likens the bustling mid-day at­mos­phere in the restau­rant to con­trolled chaos, not­ing that many cus­tomers en­joy be­ing able to watch the action in the kitchen as they dine.

Among Do­mus’ more pop­u­lar lunch of­fer­ings are sal­ads and the daily fish spe­cial, which is usu­ally BC Sal­mon or house-smoked fish chow­der. Dur­ing the spring and sum­mer, you’re likely to find fresh, wild lake fish from

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