Scallops at The Wellington Gastropub
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Scallops at The Wellington Gastropub
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Beer at The Wellington Gastropub
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Appetizers at The Wellington Gastropub
Main Course at The Wellington Gastropub
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Main Course at The Wellington Gastropub
Bread (at a restaurant) at The Wellington Gastropub
Dessert at The Wellington Gastropub
Dessert at The Wellington Gastropub
Ice Cream at The Wellington Gastropub
Pappardelle at The Wellington Gastropub
Walleye / Pickerel at The Wellington Gastropub
Beer at The Wellington Gastropub
Beer at The Wellington Gastropub
Chicken Fricasee at The Wellington Gastropub
Albacore Tuna at The Wellington Gastropub
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Steak Tartare at The Wellington Gastropub
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Foods from The Wellington Gastropub
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2010 Jun 9
Ribeye steak

One of the best steaks ive had in ottawa. Nicely aged, cooked to perfection. It was laying on a bed of spetzle noodles and green beans.

The spetzle was very nice and probably simply tosted in butter.


2010 Jun 9
Scallops!

Pan seared scallops on a bed of lentils and baby bok choy.

2010 Jun 9
Veggy option! Cous the cous!

Couscous overflowing with multiple different types of olives and peppers. A few tempura styled cauliflower pieces were also added... TASTY!

2010 Jun 9
Thai Fish Cakes! Yum!

The Cakes where topped with a nice mango chutney and a few pieces of cucumber.

Underneath the caked a spicy ailoli for a bit of bite.

The fish cakes where soft, a bit mushy... I would of love to have had them crusted for a change in consistency.

2010 Apr 21
A friend and I went to the WGP on Monday. Our experience was very positive. We both had the Arctic Char for lunch. It was served 'on' a bacon and leek chowder with bok choi. A substantial portion for a lunch item, partly because of the size of the piece of fish and also because of the richness of the chowder. No room for a dessert for me! We enjoyed the full attention of our server since it was a Monday, typically not a busy day of the week for most restaurants I assume. I have been there in the evening and the loft feel really bounces the sound around when the place is full up. The noise level for our lunch was just right for quiet conversation. The Art-is-in bread (white organic and also multi-grain fennel) was served with dipping oil and salt. And we were told that we could have more when the first slices disappeared so quickly. Without hesitation, we both said we would go back.

Full Review can be found on my blog here: ottawafood.blogspot.com

2010 Apr 8
Butterscotch pudding!! Absolutely wonderful, especially the caramelized banana on top, which was a very nice touch.

2010 Apr 8
one of the delicious soups at the Wellington Gastropub. This was a veggie/carrot concoction (I can't remember exactly which as I've had several soups there recently). Love the oil (truffle, I think) & and sour cream dollop on the top...tasty!

2010 Apr 7
I don't mind the CD case either. I know a lot of people who say they don't like it, but I think it's just different and kinda cute.

You can tell the people who are visiting for the first time because they look really puzzled when they get the bill. When I first went I wondered if we were getting a free demo CD or something (even better than the bill! ha ha).

Definitely unique anyway....

2010 Apr 7
I like the CD thing, personally. Just because it is different.

2010 Apr 7
I love the Wellington Gastropub - love the bread, the always perfect scallops, the wine list, the atmosphere, the FOOD! But unlike Roadtripfoodie, I have one tiny criticism. (And you can tell the place is good when I have to complain about something this small.) After a perfect meal, with great service, nice wine, good music... a CD case lands on my table. They bring your cheque in a CD jewel case! Total buzzkill. I admire that they're trying to do something different, but over the years, this one little finishing touch has always annoyed me. Again, its a tiny thing, and in no way outweighs the amazing food or service, but I record it here in hopes that someone there reads it, and maybe thinks of something else interesting to bring the cheque in. (For example - www.flickr.com) Otherwise... keep up the amazing work, Wellingtonians!

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2013 Jul 17
The Wellington Gastropub now has their own nanobrewry on site - Stock Pot Ales! (www.ottawabeerevents.ca)

2010 Jun 10
Ottawa's own beer finally, Kichesippi on tap. Full aroma and a tad on the spicy side...highly recommended!

2010 Mar 25
I particularily enjoy saddling up to the bar at the WGP. The service is always friendly and helpful.

Trying a flight of beer is a nice little journey into the Ontario breweries and a comparison of the tastes and smells and sensations of each one.

I have enjoyed plenty of great discussion about local products and sipped a few new beers whilst doing so at the WGP.

Highly enjoyable from my perspective!

2008 Sep 16
The beer I chose was an ale from the Robert Simpson Brewing Company out of Barrie, ON which is one of the many beer microbrewed beers they serve. I like the fact that they serve beers from local Ontario small breweries and in being a gastropub, compliment the food you eat as well.

2008 Sep 16
We ordered beers with our meals and this was the bf's choice. St. Peter's English Ale which is brewed in Suffolk, England and is organic. The bottle was the coolest bit....we were allowed to keep it! Very good beer.

2007 Apr 2
While not really a comment on beer from this vendor, I just had to respond to FF's comments on Guinness. If you don't like the relative harshness of Guinness, you should head over to Ireland. The Irish all swear it doesn't travel well, and I thought they were full of it. But it's true. Guinness in Ireland is as you describe: heavy, dark, but smooooooooth and creamy. It's just the perfect drink. Though "perfect" is a dangerous word when talking about taste.

The really big Irish fans insist it has to be sampled in Dublin, near the brewery, as even trucking it to the outer counties reduces the quality. This might be going a little too far, so to speak.

2007 Mar 24
I really enjoyed the Amsterdam Two-Fisted Stout (presumably from Toronto's Amsterdam brewing company). Although the waiter "warned" me that it's dark like Guinness, this beer is the way Guinness *should* be. Heavy and dark, but with a smooth and delicious flavour. No overpowering bitter burnt flavours like Guinness... A pint of Guinness is too much (hence the existence of Black and Tan). A pint of this Two-Fisted Stout is spot on!

The only downside of their beer selection is that the other four draught choices tonight were all yellow beers: three lagers and one pale ale. The beers I love most always seem to be red (or at least orange).

2007 Mar 11
The owners took a broad range of input when coming up with the beer menu, including the opinion of some local craft brewers. They serve an excellent selection of Ontario Micro Brews and British Ales which attracts beer geeks from all around the Ottawa Valley. Definitely go here for the beer.




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2009 Dec 23
For lunch, yesterday's Ice cream selection was:

Cranberry sorbet, raspberry chocolate, and get ready for it, Banana caramel!

The cranberry sorbet would have been the perfect palate cleanser... a bit sour and very refreshing.

The raspberry chocolate was rich. I have never really enjoyed the chocolate/raspberry mix. But I ate all the ice cream in my bowl.

The chunky monkey carmel was the perfect mix for desert. Once again nice and rich, I could of had a full bowl of this ice cream only and would have been happy.

I love that they serve the ice cream in cold bowls. Pretty sure they put them in the freezer so that the ice cream won't melt while you eat! Very nice attention to detail.

2009 Dec 18
Here is the photo showing "3 small scoops of exquisitely delicious gourmet ice cream" that zymurgist describes. I had raspberry, Tiramisu, and vanilla. They are creamy and yummy!

2009 Sep 25
They do the ice cream in house but I no longer make it for them since February

2009 Aug 17
We've had the ice cream from Wellington twice now...the first time was in late May; we had caramel, something forgettable and banana (the banana was lucious!). We went again last week and had strawberry-rhubarb sorbet that was a bit icy...black currrent ice cream and peanut butter ice cream; we also ordered a chocolate-caramel pot de creme; probably the best dessert course I have ever had. YUM!

2009 Jun 4
She was making it. I'm not sure if she still is. I can ask on Sunday =)

2009 Jun 4
I've heard that their ice cream is homemade, and I've also heard that Pascale's (now with the Piggy Market) was making it. Can someone verify this for me?

2009 Jun 4
their homemade ice cream is amazing! well worth the price.

2008 Feb 29
I hear they make the ice cream in house. Every time we've been there, we've lucked out since they made peanut butter ice cream on those occasions! Delicious!

2007 Oct 20
For 7 bucks you get 3 small scoops of exquisitely delicious gourmet ice cream. Extremely yummy!


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2007 Mar 24
I sampled a glass of the Shingleback Shiraz (South Australia) and enjoyed its sweetness and complex fruitiness. I'm generally one to sip my wine between courses rather than with the food, so this worked out well. Unlike most wines it even went well with dessert. Anyways, I have yet to meet an Australian Shiraz I don't like.

They have an extensive selection of wines by the glass here, so if you like to sample a few different ones it's a great place to be!




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2009 Dec 23
Two of our friends ordered their Angus ribeye ($30) with brown butter cheddar potato puree. The menu states that the dish accompaniment includes Le Coprin mushrooms. But I don't see any mushrooms in the photo. I think it would be nice to add some vegetables on the side to accompany the big steak (very good portion!). My friends told me that the steak they had was tasty.

2009 Dec 22
Sea scallops are always our favorite dish, so delicate. However, scallops are often overcooked and become a rubbery dish. Our sea scaloops were cooked to perfection. The accompaniment (lentils, Nagano bacon, savoy cabbage, overnight tomatoes, corn relish) was also very delicious.

Note: We didn't order this as our main. Instead, we ordered this dish ($25) as our appetizer for the group to share (since many of us ordered the soup of the day). My girl friend who went here for dinner the next day also ordered the scallops as her main. She said the same thing - "the scallops are cooked perfectly!"


2009 Dec 22
This is the Nagano pork loin that my husband and one of our friends ordered. The meat was very tender and juicy. The meat does not have the texture like the typical Canadian pork. My friend (used to be an expat in Japan) told my husband that when you eat the Nagano pork meat, you have to cut it in a smaller portion, put the small piece in your mouth and detect the fine texture to enjoy this type of meat. Then you will see the difference. Nagano pork does not taste like pork at all. So, when you order this dish, try to eat it slowly to enjoy the taste and fine texture.

I told my another friend about this dish. She brought her husband with her to try our recommended dish the next day. Her husband also likes it.




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Sep 5
The bread is warm and served with canola oil. It continues to a welcome appetizer, especially when very hungry!

2009 Dec 18
We all like this baguette-type bread. I was told that the bread is supplied by their neighbor Harvest Loaf, Harvest Loaf . I wish that I also live next to a bakery so that I can have fresh bread daily.

However, I am extremely surprised and disappointed that they don't have balsamic vinegar when I asked for it!




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Sep 5
I have probably always only ordered scallops at The Wellington Gastropub as far as I can remember because it is always good. I might have had a pork chop once. But see, I just came back from a trip to PEI so for the first time, I was not impressed by my scallop lunch. While the scallops were seared to perfection, I could taste the fishyness or lack of freshness. PEI ruined me!!

The scallops were also served on a bed of white beans in a tomatoey sauce with grilled squashes with a hint of spiciness. It wasn’t my favourite.

2015 Sep 12
The lunchtime Sea Scallops ($19, on a bed of black beans, corn, red pepper, leek, poblano vinaigrette) were absolutely delicious and perfectly done, but surprisingly small and few (4) for the price. Considering you can get two tasty small plates at Gezellig for $20, a single small plate for $19 seems rather cheeky here. Worth ordering for sure but be forewarned about the price and portion.

2013 Apr 25
I have to second this. I had the scallops there back in Feb and they were awesome.

2013 Apr 24
Best scallops I've had so far has got to be at The Wellington Gastropub. They play around with this dish but on the night we were there, the perfectly seared scallops sat atop chorizo and beans. Absolute perfection! It has a great hipster vibe and an incredible beer selection (which won over my boyfriend).




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2008 Sep 16
When it came to order our second courses, I was hemming and hawing between the walleye and the chicken. Our server noticed this, and asked what I was trying to decide...when I told him, he immediately said the walleye. And wow, was I glad! Although I'm sure the chicken would have been just as good but he had said that this was the right season to have walleye since it takes a few years before the fish are good to eat again from the lakes. Or should I say, BEST to eat again. This fish (we call it pickerel mainly in SK) is not 'fishy' tasting at all and flaky. It was served on a bed of duck sausage (delish) potatoes, and beets. Sooooo goooood!!




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2008 Sep 16
This was the bf's 1st course...chicken fricasee with corn,oyster mushrooms, and truffle oil served on a herbed crepe. I'm sure there was other goodies in here but I'm recalling from my memory a few das later. I had a bite of it and it was served warm (I thought it'd be cool, don't know why) but wow, this was amazing! Even though my tuna was excellent as well, I was wishing I had ordered this instead!




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2008 Sep 16
Went here for the first time on Sat. night for my birthday! This was my 1st course....I wanted to quote from the menu but since their menu changes regularly, they just have a sample menu on their website so I'll try as best I can.
Albacore tuna with pickled ginger, tiny pieces of watermelon, and roe. It was cooked nicely, leaving the middle a touch undercooked, which I believe is the best way to serve tuna in this manner. The roe was wonderful with this, and the ginger gave it an extra zing with the bits of watermelon adding cool freshness.




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2010 Jan 6
This is the tuna tartare ($12) that my friend ordered. Tuna mixed with spicy yuzu mayo. My friend is a picky diner and she told me that the tuna was good, but didn't blow her away though.

Note: Talking about yuzu, have you ever picked up a glass jar of Korean yuzu (called yuja in Korean) from any Chinese grocery stores (e.g., New 168, Kowloon Market, or T&T)? It looks like orange jam. In the winter time, I use about 1 or 2 tablespoon of yuzu syrup to stir in a cup of hot water (sometimes I add small amount of honey) to soothe my throat. I remember that few years ago, a popular Korean TV series (called Dae Jang Geum) was aired in Hong Kong and the drama series has fascinated many Asian TV audience as well. The story talks about the first female Royal Physician in Korean history. About every episode involves making delicious food presented to the king and the stress of herbal medicine.




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2009 Apr 19
Everyone knows to try the Beef Tartare at the Gastropub. So if you haven't already done so, unless you are planning a visit to restaurants on Boulevard du Montparnasse in Paris, there are no other places in Ottawa that will offer the same (tasty) quality Tartare. A must!

2008 Jun 21
Success!

I believe it was "beef tartare with crostini and truffle oil" on the menu.

Generous portion, marries well with their "house"-level Pinot. Were I to make it at home I'd probably boost the acidity a bit (maybe more capers?), but this was full of beefy goodness.

2007 Jul 7
We've had the steak tartare here. We thought it was very tasty, and the portion was quite large (so large that, had I been eating it alone as a starter, I would have been too full for my main -- but, perfect for sharing).

2007 Jul 7
I can't give unilateral "yay" or "nay" on the steak tartare here yet, because it wasn't available on the menu when I went. They did, however, make some up for me right special. It was good, but I'm not sure if it was the recipe they normally use.




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2010 Oct 15
This is a general comment on veg options here: this is gourmet food at mid-range restaurant prices. Every time I've got the veg main here, my expectations have been surpassed. Taste and texture are first and foremost, presentation is always fun and there is guarunteed to be a lovely wine or beer pairing with the meal. It's different every day, which is also neat, and usually utilizing seasonal and local ingredients. Try it sometime!




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2008 Sep 16
My bf's second course was the parpadelle pasta which is similar to lasagna noodles but half the size. It was served with roasted red peppers, oyster mushrooms, and padano cheese. I'm sure there were other bits and bites in it but these were the main items. Very delish and the portion size was just right.

Sorry this pic isn't the best since it was getting darker and the table was only lit by a small candle. Quite romantic, really!


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2009 Dec 18
My friend ordered their Date square with vanilla ice cream and toffee sauce. I tried a bite and told my friend that I like her Queen's date cake more.

2009 Dec 18
This is the Chocolate terrine with raspberry sauce ($6). My hubby enjoyed it very much!