The Exchange Pub+Restaurant
50 Rideau Street. 613-234-5544 or www.theexchangepub.com
Downtown Ottawa is a logical place to start, given its abundance of activities and attractions. From Parliament Hill to the National Gallery to the Byward Market, there is a lot to see and do in the heart of old Bytown. There’s also a great new dining option at the corner of Sussex and Rideau, where the Elephant & Castle has been reborn as The Exchange Pub+Restaurant.
General Manager Jim Knox says the “Ex” is great for lunch, drinks, dinner or a late-evening visit. “With cozy booths and ten-seater community tables to encourage socializing, we feel we’re presenting a perfect blend of contemporary décor meshed with the warmth of an old-world pub experience.” As for the food, it appeals to both the casual crowd and fine-dining enthusiasts. “Executive Chef Remi Stark will be presenting about ten specials each day, allowing us to incorporate seasonal, local ingredients as much as possible.”
The menu is a blend of funky and traditional dishes. Beef, lamb and veggie burgers are regulars; along with loaded grilled flatbreads; two varieties of fish and chips; colourful salads; luscious desserts and more. Their sharing plates are a great nod to the tapas trend. If you’re thirsty after playing tourist, you can choose from eighteen varieties of beer or a great selection of wines, whiskies and cocktails. If you’d prefer a “cuppa,” you’ll be pleased to know they stock Mighty Leaf Tea.
With plans to add to its offerings, including live music, tasting events and more, the Exchange is sure to be a happy discovery for both locals and tourists seeking a downtown destination.