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The Manx
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2009 Jul 21
Great food. Love the tofu tacos. The salads are always fresh. The quesadillas make a good light supper.

The brunch menu is AWESOME, the huevos rancheros are deelish. The eggs benedict/florentine are also really good.

2009 Jun 24
The Manx is the only "comfortable" pub I've been to in Ottawa. It has real character and ambiance, and the food and beer are fantastic too. I am never disappointed. Yes, it is small and it gets busy, so get there early to grab a table.

I've never had their brunch (usually sleep in too late!) but I've heard it's great as well.

2009 Mar 31
haven't been here in a while but hubby and i used to come often pre-kids. it's time for a re-visit after reading these comments. their food was always fresh, flavourful, fusion comfort.

2009 Mar 7
The Manx is a cozy, below ground level pub that is great for catching up with an old friend. If you decide to go however, give yourself some extra time, it's often quite difficult to get a seat. But it's worth the wait for the great food and service you'll experience. I've been many times for drinks or breakfast – probably one of the best breakfasts in Ottawa – but last night we went for dinner. Their epicurean fare is a refreshing change to your traditional pub fare. I always find it quite difficult to decide what to order when i've got a great menu in front of me. Luckily I wasn't starving, so I went with a light option of soup and crab cakes from the appetizers. The soup was a mushroom and red lentil soup that warmed the soul. The crab cakes, just short of a meal in itself, were served on warm curried carrots with sour beet relish and lemon-dill yoghurt. With that I had a Mill Street Coffee Porter, they have a great selection of beers on tap. They also have a large scotch selection for the scotch connoisseur. Prices are very reasonable, apps range from $6 to $12, sandwiches $12 and mains $13 to $15. Definitely a regular spot to go.

2009 Feb 25
Forgot how much I loved this place. Came Monday night for drinks with friends, and it was adequately busy.

I had eaten already, but had a bit of the hummus ordered as a starter with naan bread--very tasty, super garlicky and creamy!

My SO had a club with turkey and peameal, which was by all accounts tasty and more food than he wanted. I also have some of his fries, which were delicious but saltier than I would have liked.

All in all, good stuff. I will be back for a real meal myself!

2009 Feb 19
So many fond memories of the Manx: seeing such great artists as Danny Michel, Kathleen Edwards and Werbo performing there are all highlights.

The art is still consistently good, the environment is still consistently good.

but

Not so much a fan of their food anymore. I can't point to any one thing I just kept thinking "it used to be better than this". So I'm taking time off after a really disastrous last meal there around Christmas.

For drinking and atmosphere it's a definite plus still.

2008 Nov 27
Best pub I have sat in.

Yes it gets busy and the servers can't wait on you alone for your stay. So order a drink.

The beers on tap are good, many local. They have a nice selection of Scotch, and the bar keeps are only too kind to help you out there if you need a suggestion.

The food I have had so far has been great. Good brunch.
The menu is surprisingly contemporary. A little fusion mixed in. I wouldn't label it pub grub. Far too good for that.

2008 Nov 3
A solidly good place to get your standard Brunch. The menu has a good variety of classics and inventive dishes (some are hits, some are misses). I especially liked the atmosphere, very 'neighborhood pub' similar to those in small town Britain. Not amazing by any means but if your looking for a good place to eat its worth the stop.

2008 Jun 10
I have always enjoyed the food and drink at the Manx. Recently I have been rubbed the wrong way at brunch. The no music atmosphere makes it a little uncomfortable (especially when you are trying not to listen to your neighbors conversation). I also don't like the long wait to pay and leave. I have never opted for "anything else" after breakfast and always like my bill on the table before I finish breakfast. I'm always a little put-off by line waiters salivating over my empty table and I would be happy to leave ASAP. Minor points for a consistently above average experience.

2008 Apr 9
An old reliable as far as pocket-friendly, epicurean pub fare and variety in brew goes, this cozy little nook on Elgin St, though crowded at times, can be the exact ingredient you need to spice up your day. Whether you’re dropping in for a quick bite, staying late with the fella's/ladies for some pints, or swinging by on the weekend for brunch, The Manx usually delivers a good time.
As far as the food goes, the daytime menu is fairly straight forward, with favourites including the chicken & lamb curry wraps, and the soup of the day(doesn't matter what kind, it's always good). The nighttime menu remains relatively the same with a few additions, most notably of which are the dinner specials. Although sometimes a little intimidating, these very affordable selections (usually in the neighbourhood of $16-20) can leave you planning your next visit before you finish your last pint. Unfortunately, consistency in the quality of these specials varies, so for the less daring soul the regular menu items are a safer bet for a satisfying meal.
Despite the inconsistency that the kitchen occassionally suffers from, the floor staff seem to operate on a fairly even keel. With their great selection of beer, whiskeys and other spirits, the servers do a good job of ensuring that your glass doesn't stay empty for too long; even when the place is packed shoulder to shoulder, which often seems to be the case during the dinner hour and especially throughout brunch.
Waiting in line for brunch is not something I endorse very highly, but while waiting in line I was told by a self-proclaimed "regular" that this is the usual song and dance on the weekend. I wouldn't go back and bear the 45 minute wait again, but after having engulfed my "huevos ranchero" (maybe it was just the fact that I'd been waiting all morning to eat that made it so tasty) I can understand why some people have made it a weekly tradition to endure the wait for some tasty grub.
All in all they provide a friendly atmosphere, a hearty drink list, a slightly unpredictable kitchen and solid service. So if you're in the neighbourhood, or even if you're not, it's always a good idea to drop by The Manx. (assuming, of course, that you can get a seat)



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2010 Aug 12
ashley - i'd suggest having them try some of the microbrew options on tap. you can order 1/2 pint sizes if you want to try a variety of options - i find their 1/2 pint pours are usually very generous (unless they use the 1/2 pint glasses). the manx staff is really helpful at navigating the beer selection based on what your friends like. i could tell you to give your friends a pale ale, but if they don't like bitterness in their beer, they would be unhappy. an easy selection is beau's lugtread (ottawa), i find it fairly mild and pleasing. i am not a big beer drinker though. i like stuart's natural session ale (it's organic). it is slightly hoppy, but not too much.

if they like a light fruit flavoured beer (my husband would call it a girl beer), i'd suggest the mcauslan apricot wheat. also on tap (sometimes) is the waupoos cider (from picton area) which i find less sweet than british ciders.

2010 Aug 12
Can I get a list of MUST TRY beer list here? We will bring our out of town friends here for the beers.

2009 Feb 25
Was here on Monday for a few drinks with a friend from DC. Definitely an credible selection, very yummy, and super quick service!

2007 Aug 26
The Manx is the best place in Ottawa for drinks when the patios close for the season or it is raining in my opinion. Cozy atomosphere.
Only place in the city where you can get a Churchkey, delicious! Lots of other great choices aswell.
People are nice too which of course makes the beer taste better :)
Love the potato wedges, make it possiable to have just one more beer.

2006 Oct 17
One of the few places in Ottawa where you can get beer from the Church Key brewery (near Campbellford) a (relatively) local brewery that we enjoy. Great selection of beer overall and great food. The only downside is that it is often too crowded to get a table!

2006 Oct 4
Great beer selection, including (last few times I went) the new "Lug Tread" ale from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company -- very tasty.



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2012 May 26
I can't say it's not good but, to be honest, there are several other places in the city just as good and it's not worth the drive downtown, the long wait for a table, and the crowded atmosphere.

I like it, but I don't see what's so special about it that it's ranked so highly.

2008 Jun 16
Had a very good Father's Day Brunch at the Manx. Just the regular brunch, but it was Father's Day.

Enjoyed my eggs benedict thoroughly. Nice egg on top of peameal bacon. Mmm peameal. Picked at my daughter's cowboy beans. She thought it was too spicy, but she thinks ketchup is too spicy. Not home on the range, but a good side. Coffee could use a taste punch.

Overall a tasty brunch and kid friendly.

2007 Feb 15
I always get the same thing when we go to the Manx for brunch (the one vegan option), the tofu scramble wrap. It's served with a side salad and is an enormous portion size. Very tasty, and I love the salad dressing. My one complaint is that the wrap can be a bit spicy for the first meal of the day. They pre-mix the spices, so you can't get them to tone down the heat, unfortunately. I also love the orange and mango juice and the limitless supply of yummy coffee.

2006 Sep 25
Haven't been in 3 years, but they had the most sensuous, satisfying garlic mashed potatoes accompanying your original benny. They would poke a couple of little garlic sprouts into the top of the pile of mash; it just made me giggle. Plus its so cozy and informal, you just want to have a game of checkers after brunch so that you can get around to ordering a pint from their ample bar. This place is one of the bigger reasons I want to move back to Ottawa.



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