Tapas Bar in The City

Living in a new neighbourhood has given me a new perspective of a very familiar city. On my way to work, I hit the pavement in the middle of the business district, winding my way along the streets to the Byward Market. The city blocks always seem a little bit different as I work my way, like a salmon going up-stream, against all of the day walkers coming home from a hard day’s work. The sun is usually low in the sky, casting shadows of sky scrapers shifting along the pavement. Dusk is an unusual time to be heading to work, I’ll admit. It’s also an unusual time to feel out a city that is usually so familiar by day and by night. At dusk though, not often will I pass a familiar face, nor am I able to navigate the streets without turning the corner onto a street I’ve never met before. It’s easy to feel (once again returning to the gill-bearing analogy) like a little fish in a big pond. That being said, there are a few gems in this city helping to curb that singular feeling.  A long time ago, I was lost in this downtown neighbourhood and stumbled upon a restaurant, which is a welcome contradiction to that big(ish) city feel. It’s a quaint tapas bar, called “Tapas Bar” (they really wanted to throw customers off the scent with that name. . .) on the corner of Lyon and Gloucester. An old home turned-restaurant, it still has that homey-feel, with stained glass windows and dark wood throughout. Most importantly, the food is truly mouth-watering and is still one of the best tapas bars I have experienced. Any of the seafood dishes will surely not disappoint (I’ve tried all and have never been dissatisfied). The service is consistently pleasant and makes you feel like you’re part of a spanish family, sitting in the dining room of their spanish home. After my first visit, I was hooked on this tapas bar and whenever I stop in for a bite, I always forget that just a few steps outside of the door is a buzzing city and an aqua-marine analogical struggle of some sort.

Catherine about to enter Tapas Bar at 222 Lyon

Interior of restaurant (L), Nut quenching thirst (R)

Three must-trys: 1. Garlic Shrimp

2. Alfonso salad

3. Spicy Mussels

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About Kate Lalumiere

After studying wine and spending years in the food service industry, Kate is nutshell's designated food and wine aficionado. Her posts take on the foodie-sphere one restaurant at a time, exposing some of the hottest spots to satiate the ol' buds ! Her favourite restaurants usually include: innovative menus, sustainable & local produce and unparalleled hospitality. Although Kate has a keen ear for food buzz in the National Capital, you'll also find her weighing in on fashion, music and anything that peaks her interest! ** Favourite Restaurant (Ottawa) : Supply & Demand • Wine of Choice: Every wine • Favourite Band: The National • Bad Habit: Being a backseat driver• Favourite Song: Wild Horses • Fashion Icon: Olivia Palermo • Favourite Movie: The Sandlot • Favourite TV Series: Gossip Girl (sue me!) • Sport: Football (to watch and play) • Team: Arizona Cardinals • Blackberry or Iphone: Iphone • Favourite Book: The Sun Also Rises, The Cat's Table, The Bell Jar, On the Road... • ** To ask Kate a question about food, wine or anything else contact her at : inanutshellca@gmail.com

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