Six fine restau­rants that’ll warm you up on the cold­est nights

As the weather turns, lo­cal restau­rants ful­fill their mis­sion to make guests feel cozy

Where Ottawa - - CONTENTS - by joseph mathieu

Sig­na­tures Restau­rant is lo­cated in a his­toric 19th-cen­tury man­sion that mir­rors the el­e­gance and rich­ness of its menu. Din­ner­time’s “Gas­tronomique” tast­ing menu serves five cour­ses of sheer de­light, from seafood to wild game, and can be paired with wines from a cav­ernous cel­lar. Lo­cated on the grounds of Le Cor­don Bleu Ot­tawa Culi­nary Arts In­sti­tute, each dish is a piece of art cre­ated by ex­ec­u­tive chef Yan­nick An­ton. 453 Lau­rier Ave. E., sig­na­tures­restau­rant.com

Sup­ply and De­mand is an in­no­va­tive oys­ter bar and eatery that ex­cels at house-made noo­dles and fresh seafood.

The squid ink riga­toni dish is a prime ex­am­ple. The qual­ity is con­sis­tent even though the menu changes reg­u­larly. Some items are just too good to change, like the tuna crudo and kale Cae­sar salad. And Sun­days will al­ways be for “Bub­bles & Bi­valves”, when pros­ecco and cham­pagne are half-price and oys­ters are $1.50 each. 1335 Welling­ton St. W., sup­plyand­de­mand­foods.ca

Sur Lie has the old world am­bi­ence of a so­phis­ti­cated wine bar mixed with a cozy neigh­bour­hood pub. Their menu is sea­sonal, al­ways made with fresh vegeta­bles, fruit, and game from the re­gion. Lo­cal pro­duc­ers in­spire the restau­rant’s mod­ern French cui­sine. Mush­room ca­vatelli with duck con­fit for lunch goes a long way, and din­ner is a win with the Arc­tic char or cele­riac “steak.” 110 Mur­ray St., surlier­estau­rant.ca

Union Lo­cal 613’s take on South­ern cui­sine has ce­mented the restau­rant as a lo­cal favourite. Their roasted gar­lic hominy grits and corn­bread do won­ders for a cold day, and they have per­fected

the free range, south­ern fried chicken. The lo­cale also houses a no-reser­va­tion Speakeasy be­hind a book­shelf in the base­ment and a Lewis Car­roll-themed cock­tail lounge with a vege­tar­ian/ve­gan menu on the sec­ond floor. 315 Som­er­set St. W., union613.ca

Gezel­lig is adapted from the un­trans­lat­able Dutch word that refers to a sense of be­long­ing felt when spend­ing qual­ity time with loved ones. These el­e­ments are painstak­ingly built into this fine din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that serves up haute cui­sine ver­sions of home cook­ing. Seared Cana­dian rab­bit and za’atar-spiced chicken breast are top din­ner choices, and the brunch menu is well worth ex­plor­ing. 337 Rich­mond Rd., gezel­lig­din­ing.ca

Al’s Steak­house is an Ot­tawa in­sti­tu­tion famed for hav­ing the best steak in town. They spe­cial­ize in top cuts of An­gus beef and Al­berta AAA beef ten­der­loin; all are hand-cut on site and aged for a min­i­mum of 40 days. Steaks are cooked over live char­coal and treated to oil and salt or Al’s spe­cial spice blend. It’s a great place to en­joy steak, chicken, and seafood served among chic, con­tem­po­rary dé­cor. 327 El­gin St., alssteak­house.ca

Sup­ply and de­mand

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