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