lit­tle italy/chi­na­town

Fun and food in abun­dance, with some of Ot­tawa’s best snacks and late-night menus

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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.

asiaN Fu­sioN

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., the­

aF­ter­NooN tea

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., the­van­itea­

Beer heaveN

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., pu­

Pasta caFé

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., dream­land­

Chi­na­town Arch

China Doll

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