Scallops at The Wellington Gastropub
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2011 Oct 2
Another fantastic experience here last week. Place was bustling as usual but we were able to walk in on Monday night. Service was up to usual high standards – we were checked on throughout the meal by a range of servers and our water glasses were kept full.

The meal started with two types of Art-is-in bread with a small bowl of oil for dipping – that night it was soybean oil. I love this bread and when you pair it with interesting oil you can’t go wrong, but I would have to comment that I prefer the way John Taylor presents the oil at Genuine – he adds a little dollop of something seasonal within the oil (last time carrot and honey puree) which gives an added depth.

Next we shared the beef tartar – magnificent texture and perfectly seasoned. The kitchen separated it onto two plates so we were each presented with our own wonderfully appealing dish. This is a large portion so I’m glad we shared.

The two mains were Arctic Char – usual high quality and taste - and duck on beet polenta. This was the winner of the evening, particularly the polenta which was silky and wonderfully flavoured.

After all this food there was unfortunately no room for dessert!

I decided against the wine tasting flight because it was $40 for what would be ~3.5 glasses of wine – I’ll keep it in mind for a special occasion.

2011 Sep 23
I had a small piece of the cider brined Nagano pork loin very yummy as well. I now know that polenta is not my taste but my wife loved it.

2011 Sep 23
I second lemontart on this place being the best restaurant in Ottawa. The thing about this place is their consistency. I have been here several times and it just seems to get better. Tonight was no exception. Very cool how I have never seen the same menu twice even when all our visits were on a Friday. Tonight I noticed on the beer board a Beaus seasonal Night Marzen Oktoberfest Lager I had to try. Very enjoyable guess this is one of the reasons this brewery won a golden tap award this year. Started with the roasted eggplant tomato and fennel soup with chick peas and yogurt. Nice combination of flavors with the chick peas still being crunchy. My rib eye was cooked to a perfect medium rare with the herb-mustard potato puree adding a nice touch. The accompanying tomato-prosciutto sauce went so well with the steak the the tang left me wanting more. The finisher of carrot cake with cream cheese frosting was a tad lacking I was hoping for an ice cream but the flavors didn't really jump out at me.

2011 Sep 18
I consider this to be the best restaurant in Ottawa right now – it has all the elements right:
- the service is professional, knowledgeable but not pretentious
- the atmosphere relaxed and inviting (without the use of TVs)
- the food top notch (the price point is right for superb food)

As others have pointed out, this is not your usual Ottawa “pub” but a gastropub where they take the food and service very seriously.

I have been here many times (lunch, dinner, and sat at a table, the bar and even the couch), every time I leave fully satisfied. I have never had a dish I did not like.

This last time I was with a friend who did not have much time so we went straight to the mains. I had the corn risotto which was superb, right on the seasonal mark. They didn't have Arctic Char on the menu that night, if they had I would have been eating that! My friend had the perfectly cooked, delicious scallops.

Their by-the-glass wine list has a good mixture of choices. I know they have had a beer taster for while but noticed this time they now have a wine taster (several glasses of wine of sampling size). Unfortunately only saw this on the blackboard on the way out so it is on my list of things to try on my next visit!

2011 Jul 16
My friend and I decided at the last minute to meet for lunch and chose The Ottawa Bagel Shop as our meeting point and then choose a restaurant depending on what was available (no reservation!) There are so many restaurants and even takeaway available in this area. We peeked into several spots (Agave Grill, Petit Bill’s, Aroma Mezze, Nicastro’s, Parma Ravioli (picnic tables outside) and all had tables available. We decided to try WGB and luckily there were several tables available.
The service was prompt and attentive. Water glasses were filled-no ice, which is my personal preference. We decided on the house made iced tea and lemonade for beverages. I chose the scallops main and she chose the “sarnie” with side salad of the day (soup was an option.) Other menu options were a mushroom and leek frittata and a striploin steak. Egg and seafood allergies led to her choice and I took one look at the menu and wanted the scallops. We didn’t order appetizers but the couple next to us shared a “steak carpaccio” on greens that looked amazing-she cleaned up the plate with the “art-is-in” bread!
The “Grilled Chicken Sarnie” was thick slices of grilled chicken breast on a multi-grain bun with grainy mustard, tomato and lettuce. It was huge! The side salad was a of substantial size and came with goat cheese, pistachios and cranberries. I tasted everything and all was good-chicken was very moist, the bun held together well, the salad was fresh and crisp with a light dressing.
The Scallops Dish with leeks, chard, zucchini and spaetzle with a hazelnut vinaigrette was delicious. 4 plump, juicy scallops, nicely seared atop stir/pan fried spaetzle and vegetables-yummy. The hazelnut vinaigrette was good-not heavy on the hazelnuts but with scallops probably a good thing. I left a couple of pieces of leek and ½ scallop. It wasn’t a large dish but it was rich and I had indulged in a piece of art-is-in fennel seed bread with butter while waiting for the main. I was full but someone with a large appetite might like to order an appetizer or dessert.
The only problem with the whole meal was our comfort level. The staff turned down the a/c but it was bordering on frigid when we first got there. Not just us-neighbouring tables were too cold. They did turn it down/off but the iced tea and lemonade were not the best choices that day. BTW-I enjoyed the lemonade but it was not sweet and very tart, depending on taste buds it might not be everyone’s favourite. The iced tea was lightly sweetened.
We had thought we would share a dessert but the option was peanut butter chocolate pudding or ice cream and between the allergies and being chilly we decided not to forgo. (The waiters were great and told us that usually there would be something else for dessert but just not that day :)
Great food, great friendly service.

2011 Jul 12
The Wellington Gastropub has been on my list for a number of reasons a) I love a good pub and b) I love a good pub with food that is something beyond your standard burgers/chicken wings fare and c) I'm new here.

'The Wellie' has a reputation for superlative food in an upscale pub atmosphere. A broad selection of artisan brews, a solid wine list and specialty sodas, fresh brewed ice tea and lemon aid for those not imbibing; which (at this point) includes me.

I've heard mixed reviews on Wellington Gastro; most declare it the best thing since co-co puffs, while others believe it has an identity crisis; "am I a pub or am I a bistro?"

Why would the two be mutually exclusive? Why not be both? This calls for Gypsy investigation.

Up the long staircase you pass a backboard list of tasty hop oriented beverages of all colours and varietals. The ambiance is retro-hip with a clean finish.

The open beam ceiling, the funky sideboards housing service stations that were once employed in home kitchens, adorable chachka and a collection of vinyl behind the counter made me feel welcome in a big, bright, comfortably furnished room.

I am particularly fond of good chairs, a must in any pub. The Wellington has great chairs, I could spend considerable time in those chairs.

The menu is short and concise, changing daily to reflect the mood of the kitchen and seasonal produce; keeping the food fresh and interesting. Hats off to fine, attentive service. I believe three people waited on us throughout that meal, all smiling, informed and fast.

The Grilled Ribeye Sarnie (pic) with chili and lime mayo, coleslaw and your choice of soup or salad was a big hit with my lunch date/guy, Chef B. He is a surprisingly picky eater, who is not a fan of coleslaw but he genuinely enjoyed the sandwich, finding it "balanced and tasty" and the ribeye he sited as "grilled perfection".

The Pan Seared Fish Cake with Summer Squash, Leeks and Pea Shoots in a Tomato Curry Broth did not fare as well with me. Not that it was 'bad' by any stretch of the imagination; it was simply bland. I found myself underwhelmed.

The broth had little flavor - how do you add curry and make something so flat? I asked for salt, it is rare that I ask for salt. Not an item I would order again. That said; it was perfectly prepared. The vegetables were slightly toothy, the salmon cake was crisp and the plate looked beautiful.

This is an opinion I shared with (one of) the attentive staff who (surprisingly) comped the dish. I say surprisingly because I didn't send it back, in fact I ate the whole thing then offered my thoughts (seeing as he asked) on my meal.

How an establishment handles criticism can truly set it apart. Commitment to quality and customer satisfaction says to me: "the Wellington Gastropub values it's clients". (They had me at retro vinyl.)

My companion is now encouraging me to voice all opinions, siting me as a 'cheap date', the menu can be a bit spendy I'll give him that. (Wait till I get my drinking legs back Honey, save now.)

Things I like: The Wellington has charm, and a certain 'quirk' - in that I find its identity. Customers appreciate it for its delightful differences. The draft beer taster looks like fun, a great way to test a new brew or four, and the wine list is robust. I look forward to a night of 'sampling' followed by a cab ride.

Things I love: The Wellington's tight menu and solid service.

I'll be back. I heard there's ice cream. OH BOY, can't wait.

2011 May 24
If this is the best ottawa has to offer, very sad! I've been here twice and both times i have been disappointed. Its got a great atmosphere, some decent selection of beer, good hosts, but the food is totally overrated and expensive.

I dont know if its because i've been living in New York City for the last few years, but seriously, if you think this place has great food, you havent tasted great food! Dont get me wrong, the food isnt bad, but its not good/great either. OVERHYPED. look elsewhere.

2011 May 22
I recently came across the Wellington GastroPub and I'm glad I did! The atmosphere, the service and the food were all great! My friends and I decided to try the Draft Sampler , 7 samples of 3 oz. Canadian beers, sorted from light to dark. For those of you who love Canadian beers, this is a great place to give several of them a try in one night without overdoing it! The food was also fantastic, including the complimentary Art-Is-In bread, which, sorry grandma, may be the best bread I have ever tasted! The starters (particularly the tuna conserva), the mains and the deserts we all fantastic and above par. The Wellington Gastropub is highly recomended by this Ottawa foody!

2011 May 16
I had my first visit to the Wellington Gastropub on the the weekend. I hope that it is not my last. It was so, so good! The food was amazing, the service was attentive yet relaxed and the portions were just the right size - not so big that I felt stuffed, but big enough to be satisfied. This restaurant is going to the top of my list.

2011 Mar 25
i love gastropub :) <3

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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!