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Brief Ottawa/Gatineau report


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Brief Ottawa/Gatineau report

Amata | Oct 31, 2005 11:57 AM

A few weeks ago I posted a query about a good shop near my hotel in Gatineau for Quebec cheeses. I'd like to thank Mary Louise for her recommendation of the Byward Market and give a brief report back. I definitely made a point of getting over to the Market when I was in town, and was quite impressed by all the vendors and shops. I wish there were something comparable in Chicago!

Mary Louise's mention of La Bottega gave me a good starting point. Bottega Nicastro is certainly an excellent Italian salumeria, and I did get a couple things there, but for Quebec cheeses I thought the selection at International Cheese and Deli, a small Lebanese grocery store, was even better. The woman there was also extremely knowledgeable and helpful. If I lived in Ottawa I would go to her store often.

Let me also mention an enjoyable dinner I had during my stay, at Le Tartuffe in Gatineau: wild game terrine for a starter, followed by rabbit stuffed with apple and oyster mushrooms. Excellent food, and reasonable prices. This was a recommendation from the hotel concierge, and a good one.

Thanks again to Mary Louise, and to the Ottawa/Gatineau chowhounds who contribute their information here. I enjoyed my brief visit very much!

-- Amata

Bottega Nicastro
64 George Street
Ottawa K1N 5V9
(613) 789-7575

International Cheese & Deli
40 Byward Market
Ottawa K1N 7A2
(613) 241-5411

Le Tartuffe Restaurant
133 Notre-Dame-de-l'Île Street (corner Papineau)
Gatineau (Hull Sector),
Québec J8X 3T2
819 776-6424

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