The Ex­change Pub+Res­tau­rant

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50 Rideau Street. 613-234-5544 or www.the­ex­

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.

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