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A re­cip­i­ent of the pres­ti­gious CAA-AAA Five Di­a­mond dis­tinc­tion since 2001, this gourmet restau­rant in the Casino du Lac-Leamy serves French-in­spired cui­sine, and the wine cel­lar houses 450 dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties as part of a 10,000-bot­tle col­lec­tion. With el­e­gant leather arm­chairs, a fire­place and a sep­a­rate cigar room, the re­lax­ing am­biance is like no other. A pri­vate sa­lon is avail­able, plus free park­ing. 3 Boule­vard du Casino, 819-772-6210, Map 1 C1


HIGH­LANDER PUB Tra­di­tional

Scot­tish pub fare is served in a re­laxed, warm en­vi­ron­ment, with over 180 sin­gle malt whiskies and 13 do­mes­tic and im­ported drafts avail­able. Sin­gle malt scotch tast­ings are held on the se­cond Sun­day of each month. Live mu­sic. 115 Rideau St., 613-562-5678. Map 4 F3 the­high­lander­pub.com

SMOKE’S POUTINERIE Visit this all-pou­tine restau­rant for a true taste of Cana­di­ana. They use fresh hand­cut fries and real Que­bec cheese curds, which are topped with pip­ing hot gravy. With over 25 dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties, in­clud­ing veg­e­tar­ian op­tions, there’s some­thing de­li­cious wait­ing for every­one. Twit­ter: @poutinerie; In­sta­gram: @smokes_pou­tinerie. 407 Dal­housie St., 613-789-2873. Map 4 G4 smoke­spou­tinerie.com


YANGTZE DIN­ING LOUNGE For more than 25 years, this eatery has of­fered au­then­tic Can­tonese and Szechuan cui­sine. The menu presents a wide as­sort­ment of choices, in­clud­ing plenty of fresh seafood dishes, and dim sum. Take­out and de­liv­ery avail­able. 700 Som­er­set St. W., 613236-0555. Map 4 B5 yangtze.ca SMOKE'S POUTINERIE


AL’S STEAK HOUSE Since 1967, Al’s Steak­house has been serv­ing some of the city’s best cuts of An­gus beef and Al­berta AAA beef ten­der­loin – not to men­tion some of its best mar­ti­nis. Steaks are hand-cut on premise, and aged for a min­i­mum of 30 days. En­joy the se­lec­tion of steak, chicken, and seafood dishes served amidst chic, con­tem­po­rary decor. Lighter meal op­tions and a lunch menu are avail­able. 327 El­gin St., 613-233-7111, Map 4 F6 alssteak­house.ca

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