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Ok, I will just throw it out there; the sandwich I had was better than Dirienzo’s. The Spicy Italian sandwich came with capicolo, spicy salami and ham. I added mustard, pickled onions, lettuce, tomato and spicy oil. It was great. And big!. The bread was soft and delicious.

BrassicaJul 24
Had a stellar experience here with the takeout dinner for 2 for my wife's birthday. You choose a specific time to pick up your order and they have it all bagged up and ready to go so you spend literally 20 seconds in the restaurant. Well, unless you go back twice like an idiot (story to follow).

The menu (see photo) was interesting and portions were really generous. There were 4 pesto mozzarella arancini to start with a nice basil marinara. The German potato salad was so beautifully balanced and delicious, I could have eaten just that for dinner and I'd have been happy. The mac and cheese was also well balanced and ideal for takeout, with its perfect pasta to broccoli ratio and a cheesy blanket on top to keep the macaroni all snuggly and moist inside. The two big hunks of braised shortrib were tender and tasty, and the chocolate parfait made for a nice and not-too-sweet finale.

Now for my idiot story. Over the phone, I accepted the banoffee pie upsell as it had been a while since I had tasted it. So they handed me the bag of food and even verbally confirmed that it contained the banoffee pie. When I got to my car, I did a quick check of the items and started driving. On the way home I suddenly realized that I'd seen everything except for the chocolate parfait dessert! So I pulled over and checked again. Still nothing. So, this being my wife's birthday meal, I drove back and went into the restaurant to point out the omission. They were so apologetic and they quickly handed me two chocolate parfaits, apologizing again for the error. When I returned to my car, went to add them to the bag of condiments where they were supposed to be and... of course I saw that I already did have the same cups in my bag. Silly me thought they were sour cream or dressing or something because they were in the same bag as the marinara and I only saw them from the top where they were pure white and not in the least bit chocolatey looking. I ran back to the restaurant and sheepishly explained my error. They said I should keep the extra ones for my trouble and it occurred to me that they might not be able to accept them for hygiene reasons. So long story short, my kids (who were having pizza for dinner) got a nice chocolate parfait and ¼ of a banoffee pie each for dessert.

So five thumbs up to Brassica for such grace in a situation where the customer was clearly a buffoon! 😄

BottargaJul 20
Has anyone seen this sold in Ottawa recently?

AD_2, I used these dried curry leaves to make aloo masala and their flavour carried through very well.

I noticed Vaishali's also had fresh curry leaves in the fridge but I opted for the dried ones for practicality. Interesting to know that you can freeze the fresh ones successfully. Thanks!

Looking for a store like this downtown/east. Anyone know one?

How are the curry leaves from Vaishali's? I usually buy mine from Lim Bangkok, pick the leaves off the branches, wash then freeze them. Looks like a lot of the work has been done already with these curry leaves, but perhaps there's a sacrifice in taste or longevity or something?

It's hard to beat the spice and Indian ingredient selection here. And they're well set up for Covid! The counter has a full plexiglass shield with an opening for scanning products and the payment terminal is easily accessible for tapping. The cashier even put on fresh gloves to handle my purchases.

Of course the aisles are tight and cramped but I was the only customer for a good 10 minutes on Saturday morning so it was pretty comfy.

TatersJul 17
We went here for lunch today. My husband had the fish and chips, I had the bacon cheeseburger and three of his fries. The fries were undercooked, floppy things. The fish was okay he said but not as good as he remembered it although the serving was generous. My burg was good but the patty was too big for the bun so it was messy eating. The burger had one small onion ring, one very small piece of bacon and your standard processed cheese slice. And, although it was written on the menu board I didn't see it and got mayo on the burg as well, which I would have asked that it be left off. We won't be rushing back.

So the wife and I went by on opening weekend to try them out. I got myself the Vatican (a double cheeseburger with grilled cheese sandwiches as buns) and she got a double low priest(Their big mac essentially).

So, the burgers were really good. Patties were tasty, as was their special sauce. The grilled cheeses were surprisingly good.

The fries would be perfect with a hit of malt vinegar, so if you get takeout, make sure you have some at home for em.

That being said, they are heavy heavy burgers. I am no longer a young man, and I overate to the point of feeling cruddy all night, so maybe next time I won't go into such hedonistic excess.

They are accepting orders for delivery. If interested, you need to go to their site and complete the address form that pops up. If you are in their delivery district, they will deliver. They plan on having pick-up available at some point in the future.

Damn you, I need one of these at my face rtf now.

We picked up a seafood platter which had lobster, cold smoked salmon, crab poppers, and shrimp. It was awesome! Perfectly cooked and seasoned, the accompanying dips of cocktail sauce, garlic butter, and a sauce for crab were delicious!

An amazing turkey and spicy salami sandwich on a soft panini with mustard, mayo, lettuce, onion, eggplant, banana peppers, tomato and mozzarella cheese. Fantastic and should have been enough for two meals but I ate at it all. This is definitely a good place to wear your mask, although they have directional arrows in the aisles, social distancing here is as difficult as anywhere I've been so far.

After putting the truck up for sale over the winter the owners decided to give it another go once the pandemic hit. I'm sure glad they did!

The two-piece meal is now $18 and the fish is cod. Perfectly cooked, succulent cod with a thin, crisp, tangy batter. This is fish perfection.

The chips are also nice as they stay true to their potatoey origins. Our meals didn't come with ketchup or malt vinegar (or forks) but we had all that in the car so no prob. Be sure to ask for any of those if you want them — they don't have self-serve condiments out during Covid!

My son isn't a fan of fish so he tried their beer battered sausage. This was a hit! All I can say is it sure smelled good.

A restaurant in Spencerville has figured out a loophole in the "patio spaces vs parking spaces" debate ...

Oz KafeJun 18
The patio is open. The menu is a bit smaller than usual but really good. My friend and I tried the shrimp roll, the vegan popcorn fiddleheads and garlic roasted potatoes. We also had a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Everything was delicious and service was perfect. Definitely a great culinary outing on a beautiful summer night.

Crispy'sJun 17

I have drien by this place frequently and it lookslike another sketchy "why are you on Woodroffe" business, but a friend raved about their fried chicken so we tried it this week.

Wonderful fried chicken:
Huge boneless pieces, super crispy on the outside and super moist snd tender on the inside.

We were not prepared for how large the pieces were and ordered too much - the remaining two pieces were even still quite tasty on the next day lunch reheat (a rare feat for fried chicken)

Fries are also very crispy, salty, and tasty.

They have their own delivery on their website so you can order delivery without feeding the gig economy vultures.

We have ordered from Eggroll Factory a couple of times and been happy with the result.

Their menu is small and simple and tends more towards the older style Chinese restaurant menus but still with interesting dishes.

Dishes to recommend:
Their eggrolls, spring rolls, the eggplant/onion/mushroom dishes (either the vegetarian or beef), their lemon chicken.

Dishes to skip: general tso's tofu: the flavour was nice but the tofu lacked crispiness, sweet and sour chicken balls.

Their website has delivery options that use their own driver, so you can order delivery from them without paying the gig vultures their share.

This isn't the Chinese restaurant to cross the city for, but if you are hoping for something that's not Mandarin that delivers in or near Centrepointe, it's definitely a win.

BrassicaJun 17
Brassica (same owners as the former Allium) is doing a rotating curbside menu Friday-Sunday which they announce on Tuesdays. (Example in photo for May 29th, which is the day we tried it).

Their payment and pickup procedures were very efficient and contact-free, and the food is packaged ready to serve, no assembly or reheating required.

The best news for us was that while their website didn't list it, they in fact have Allium's trademark banoffee pie available most nights so we were able to order that as well , yum!

The biggest hits from our meal was the arancini and banoffee, but the salad, bolognese, and chicken were also excellent, good balance of flavours and textures It was a lot of food so we saved the most of the spaghetti and the pudding for the following night and the bolognese was just as good as a reheat.

Looking forward to trying their curbside takeout again and not just because we are banoffee addicts

Butter TartsJun 16
We have tried the butter tarts from the Piggy Market and our experience was different. There was hardly any filling and the crust was just okay. Maybe the baker was having a bad day.