Go to Town.

Ottawa has finally seen its first inkling of a Montreal-style bistro. Humming with good vibrations, Town has managed to cup its hand around the coal of “trendy” and amalgamates it with decadent food, fine service and a spicy wine list.

Can you tell that this will be a rave review?

Town is located in the heart of the golden triangle and stretches back along a narrow  piece of real estate which enormously lends to that wonderful cosmopolitan vibe. It is tiny and cozy, not to mention the place is always packed.The service is wonderfully attentive without being invasive and the servers know their sh*t.

On to the food.

Well, I couldn’t have been happier. Tuna tartare with truffle oil? Yes please. Beef Carpaggio? Bring it on. Ricotta stuffed meatballs? Err, not something I would usually order on a menu but folks, this dish is beautiful. You can practically cut the meatballs with a straw. The wine list was also perfectly suited to a restaurant of this caliber. Many of the eye catching bottles were also offered by the glass- a must in a small plates establishment. Did I mention that not only do they offer an array of small plates for the variety-nosher, but also a good selection of hearty entrees as well.

It seems like Town has it all, at least enough to keep this foodie happy and going back for more.


296 Elgin St.


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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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