signature dishes of ottawa
The Capital’s Signature Dishes
Six mouth-watering dishes that are staples in Ottawa’s culinary scene
beavertails, shawarma, poutine, perhaps pho. the capital isn’t lacking for acclaimed fast-food options. but stop for a minute and take your taste imaginings to a higher plane. what restaurant dishes are ottawa classics? these are unique to a particular dining room, and beloved by legions of fans who extol their virtues far and wide. signature dishes might be innovative and complex, but they could just as easily be simple. nevertheless, they have two things in common: they’re instantly cherished and nearly impossible for the chef to remove from the menu.
any debate over a definitive list could last well into the night, so we’ll just start here with six picks.
the duck confit at les fougères is legendary. little wonder, since
chef-owner charles part has been refining it for upwards of two decades.
benny’s bistro has been serving up “French fast food done right” for years. Its house-made salmon gravlax is a thing of beauty, a key element in a dish that sees a warm potato salad topped with fresh greens, gravlax, and a flawless sunny-side-up egg.
Absinthe sees a large and devoted following for chef-owner patrick Garland’s steak frites.
on the dessert front, a nod to Allium’s banoffee pie. sure, the restaurant’s signature event might be the monday night tapas, but that chocolate-creambanana pie is never coming off the menu. same goes for the smoque shack’s kentucky bourbon-glazed chicken or mariposa’s fois gras.