Fun and food in abundance, with some of Ottawa’s best snacks and late-night menus
Flavours and cultures from Asia, Southeast Asia, and southern Europe create a fusion that offers unique and delicious experiences
Late Night LouNge
The Moonroom is one of the most inviting cocktail lounges in the city, with drinks and snacks, good tunes and gregarious visitors. Everything on the small but mighty menu is whipped up without a kitchen — the baconwrapped olives are seared with a blowtorch. Cocktails range from classic to eclectic: try a Mai Tai or the Bee’s Knees. 442 Preston St.
Established in 1977, The
Shanghai Restaurant was the first of many businesses to crop up into what is now Chinatown. First came the food, then came the karaoke with resident Saturday night drag star China Doll’s entertainment. Don’t skimp on the egg rolls! 651 Somerset St. W., theshang.wordpress.com
The regal décor and edible delights at The Vanitea Room are as dazzling as its tea selection. With over 150 teas from around the world, and knowledgeable staff, the Vanitea experience is indulgent and aromatic. Vanitea is open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, an all-day brunch, and even tea parties for kids. Savoury and sweet baked goods are made in-house. 551 Somerset St. W., thevanitearoom.com
Stained glass, religious art, and medieval statues give Pub Italia the feel of a holy monastery.
The cavernous combination of Italian trattoria and Irish pub has been offering beer lovers a unique space to enjoy a pint for 25 years. Its assortment of pizza and pasta dishes is supplemented by over 200 delicious options in a thick Beer Bible. 434 Preston St., pubitalia.ca
This pastel and pink café feels like a little oasis with its calming palm tree wallpaper. Dreamland
Café serves specialty coffees, drinks, and baked goods while specializing in homemade pasta. Run by two sisters, their sauces, like pancetta pesto and shrimp lemon garlic, are based on their grandmother’s recipes. 262 Preston St., dreamlandcafe.ca