Saturday, April 13, 2013

Restaurant Reviews: Japanese, Korean and Thai; best burgers; Peruvian and Indian food

Photo of Elgin Street Diner by Lori & Todd courtesy of Flickr
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A storm that mixed snow and ice pellets hit Ottawa today.  It's April 12.  This is beyond ridiculous.  While we dream of the elusive spring, here are some recent restaurant reviews that have appeared online.

New Restaurant

Eat, Drink & be Murray gives two big thumbs up to the Elmdale Oyster House & Tavern at 1084 Wellington Street West. "What really blew us away though, aside from the delicious food, was the service and attention to detail of the staff," writes blogger Samantha Murray.  "Even though the place was jammed, the 'Master Shucker' as we like to call him still took the time to come over to give us the run down on what oysters they were currently stocking, and came back to check on us to ensure we were enjoying them."

Restaurant Review - Asian

Sybaritica has three new reviews.  The first is for Hokkaido Sushi at 272 Dalhousie.  "This was certainly not the best experience I have had in a Japanese restaurant but the fault lay more with my misplaced expectations than anything done by the staff," says the review, which scored the restaurant 4 out of 5.

The second is for Alirang Korean Restaurant at 134 Nelson which received a perfect score of 5 out of 5.  "My meal at Alirang was probably the nicest I had during my whole week long visit to Ottawa and I would be tempted to keep the place a secret except that it already enjoys a popularity that keeps it very busy already," writes blogger C. John Thompson

The third is the Royal Thai Restaurant at 313 Dalhousie, which got a score of 4 out of 5. "I quite liked the Thai appetizers I was served and the ability to order from two quite different end extensive menus made this joint establishment an interesting place to dine," says the review.

Best off ...

Ottawa Richshaw gives its list of the top 5 places to get burgers  in the city, while Meaghan to the Max lists some of her favourite restaurants in town.


Peter Hum, the food critic for the Ottawa Citizen, enjoyed his experience at Amazonas Peruvian Restaurant at 19 chemin Eardley, Gatineau. "My dining companions said they would be returning to Amazonas for the hearty food and the trips down memory lane it inspired," writes Hum.  "But for those of us, who will never get closer to Peru than this kind and unassuming restaurant, Amazonas works just fine too, like a humble revelation."


Pickles writes about Anthony's, a pizza eatery at 1218 Wellington. "On every visit we’ve had friendly and attentive service and great food," says the post.  "The prices are reasonable and there is the usual small charge for the gf crust."


Peter Hum of the Ottawa Citizen gives a positive review of Chillies Tandoor & Grill Company at 2679 Alta Vista Drive.


  1. I had no idea there was a Peruvian restaurant in Gatineau, that's good to know. And I've been looking for a good Korean restaurant for a while too.

    Thanks for the roundup!

  2. I also was happy to see that there is a Peruvian restaurant in the area. I will definitely make the trip out to Gatineau to try it out.