Veteran ea­ter­ies serve some of Ot­tawa’s best sea­sonal and haute cui­sine

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Ot­tawa’s best sea­sonal and haute cui­sine

Fraser Café

This May, Fraser Café cel­e­brates a decade of feed­ing its east Ot­tawa neigh­bours. The café be­gan life on Put­man Street, 27 seats small, and moved to its cur­rent, larger home on Spring­field Road eight years ago. There it has re­mained, a fix­ture in its com­mu­nity, cher­ished by its neigh­bours but good enough to draw from be­yond the

’hoods it serves. Run by chef­broth­ers Si­mon and Ross Fraser, the team has gone on to open an event space, Ta­ble 40, next door, and a mod­ern Bri­tish gas­tropub, The Rowan, on Bank Street in the Glebe. But Fraser Café re­mains the rock, de­liv­er­ing what it has al­ways de­liv­ered: a menu that’s short and sen­si­bly sea­sonal, that dab­bles in the flavours of many cuisines, and that’s filled with homey and pol­ished food. Mains are ever in­ven­tive, pair­ing qual­ity cuts of beef, whole­some veg­gies, or fresh fish with starters that can take you far. If you can man­age dessert, the hot-fromthe-fryer ap­ple dough­nuts with crème anglaise and rasp­ber­ries is mighty mor­eish; oth­er­wise, if you want to be grown-ups, there’s a fine se­lec­tion of lo­cal cheeses served in fine con­di­tion. 7 Spring­field Rd., fraser­

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