Skate & Dine

EN­JOY THE WARMTH OF LIT­TLE ITALY ON A COLD WIN­TER’S NIGHT

Ottawa Business Journal - Ottawa at Home - - FOOD EATING OUT - Writ­ten by PAULA ROY Photography by MARK HOLLERON

Ex­er­cise first, eat later. It’s the per­fect recipe for guilt-free in­dul­gence! What bet­ter way to whet your ap­petite than to en­joy a skate on the canal? We cruised through Ot­tawa’s Lit­tle Italy, just steps from the Rideau Canal Skate­way at Dow’s Lake, to check out the din­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties in this re­cently re­fur­bished neigh­bour­hood and found there was much to of­fer.

BLACK CAT BISTRO

Fans of a well-crafted menu fea­tur­ing hon­est, un­pre­ten­tious fare will ap­pre­ci­ate Pre­ston Street’s Black Cat Bistro. Chef Patricia Larkin and her team present modern in­ter­pre­ta­tions of clas­sic French bistro food with a play­ful, per­sonal touch. The chic dé­cor is cozy, the ser­vice is pol­ished and friendly, and the menu is full of de­li­cious op­tions. Check out the Black Cat’s shar­ing ta­ble – the chef ’s choice of four dif­fer­ent ap­pe­tiz­ers – as well as the de­lec­ta­ble steak frites, or the house-made pas­tas for nour­ish­ment af­ter a win­ter ex­cur­sion. The old and new-world se­lec­tion of wines pairs beau­ti­fully with the menu, which in­cludes an im­pres­sive se­lec­tion of cheeses and the time­less favourite of French le­mon tart for dessert.

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