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Best Restaurants in Ottawa – Old Hull

To innaugurate our first year in business we are lauching a series of articles called "Best Restaurants in Ottawa." Throughout this series we look at the best restaurants in 7 neighborhoods of the Nation's Capital.

 Régions

Old Hull

Little Italy

By-Ward Market

Hintonburg

Somerset Village

Sens Mile

The Glebe

You can discover them all first hand on these tours

Old Hull

 

I know what you're thinking, Old Hull isn't technically in Ottawa. That's right, it is across the rivers, in la Belle Province. That being said, it is a part of the National Capital Region and it has amazing restaurants. You will therefore forgive me for not holding true to my promise of presenting the best restaurants in Ottawa. Rather, I will tell you about the best restaurant in the area, starting with Old Hull.

Rich in history, Old Hull is a very interesting place. From Blues to Al Capone to today with the public service and the poverty that exists in the neighborhood, Hull has secrets and stories that make it worth the travel (a short walk from the Ottawa downtown). It is also home to great restaurants. Even if past favorites such as Le Tartuffe and Gy Resto are now closed, others live on and preserve the well-deserved reputation of the area as a foodie hub. Through this article, I will tell you about 5 place that are worth visiting and revisiting in Old Hull.

Restaurants are in no particular order.

Best restaurants in Old Hull

Les Vilains Garçons

39A Laval street, Gatineau

This jewel is located near the government buildings old Hull, right in the middle of the busy Laval street. They serve pintxo, "tapas" style food from the Basque country in Northern Spain and Southern France. The owners of the restaurant, Cyril and Romain, french expatriates named their restaurant accordingly. Vilain means almost the same thing in English. Better translated to naughty, les Vilains Garçons serves audacious and original cuisine. They are the naughty boys of cuisine and bring you on a culinary experience at every visit. According to me, their take on cuisine is refreshing since it goes against the trends seen in many restaurants that are on the back-end of waves created on Pinterest inspired by the Food Network. Rather, they seek to innovate.

When you go the les Vilains Garçons, I recommend that you go as a group. That way you will be able to order the whole menu and taste everything. Don't hesitate to go often either since they change their menu everyday! You could therefore go every day to their restaurant and never have the same food. Do you know any other restaurant who does this? If you do, please let me know in the comments section.

Best Restaurants in Ottawa - Old Hull

Food example Vilains Garçons
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Rustiek salle à mager

Rustiek

51 St-Jacques street, Gatineau

You've probably never heard of the Rustiek before. There's really no shame in this, since this restaurant is barely 2 months old. Yet, it's already making a name for itself. Located a little outside the center of the food district in Hull, this is a find you will want to share with friends and family. Jesse and Chris, the owners, have put together a very strong concept and are fulfilling their promise after working many years for other restauranteurs.

Located in the building where Gy Resto was operating, it has big shoes to fill. And, even if it is a completely different restaurant with very different food than Gy, the quality is similar. Using almost exclusively locally produced foods, they offer "comfort" food that pairs well with beer. In fact, ask for their beer sommelier services and they will offer the perfect beer for your food, or the perfect food for your beer.

Best Restaurants in Ottawa - Old Hull

Bistro Coqlicorne

59 Laval street, Gatineau

This well established restaurant is good neighbor and an outstanding citizen. The Coqlicorne is all about Old Hull and promotes the island and its activities whenever it can. On top of that it offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere and delicious food. It's menu is simple yet thoughtful, making this bistro a favorite for Hull's denizens. Emmanuel, the chef/owner, and his business partners have managed to build a quality community establishment. Whether it be inside the laid back space filled with a fun-loving team, or outside on the patio that more than doubles the restaurant's capacity in the summer, you can come here to eat reinvented sandwiches and unique meals.

When you go to the Coqlicorne, go for a late dinner. Take in a delicious sandwich or tapas with wine or beer, and stick around afterwards for a cocktail or two. Here you will find really special cocktails. Ever wondered if you can serve bacon in a cocktail? They do! Or maybe you would like a strawberry cocktail? They have it! One thing is for sure, they are a creative bunch that deserve your business.

Best Restaurants in Ottawa - Old Hull

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Breakfast pizza

Piz'za-za

36 Laval street, Gatineau

Let me try to read your mind again... I think you're thinking that I'm thinking that you're thinking "what the frig is a pizza place doing on a best restaurants of anywhere list?" Right? At least, that's what I would be thinking if I were you. Until, I went to Piz'za-za. Sure, they have very good, housemade, dough and they have very unique toppings, just like other quality pizza places. That's an essential for pizza parlors now. They also use many, many local ingredients to ensure freshness. But, that's not what makes this place stand out. What really does it for me is the fact that it's a wine bar, and a good one at that. That means that the people who serve you the delicious pizza are also sommeliers who can talk your ear off about wine and realy make your experience there an experience.

Alexandre and his team have put together a really nice concept in this place that has lasted 22 years already! Enough said.

Best Restaurants in Ottawa - Old Hull

Soif Wine Bar

88 Montcalm street, Gatineau

What do you get when you combine an elegant space, a talented chef, and a sommelier that has been crowned the second best sommelier in the world? You get Soif Wine Bar. Yes, that is right, the owner of this fabulous establishment is none other than Véronique Rivest. After her success at the World's Best Sommelier competition in Tokyo in 2013, she opened a restaurant in the city where she grew up. This native of Gatineau, now proudly serves guests in an establishment that was named in the top 10 new restaurants in Canada for 2015.

A wine bar first that pairs your food with your wine, you will have a unique experience at Soif. Every server is a sommelier and every wine on the menu is privately imported. Here, I recommend that you don't look at the menu before you go and take in the expertise of the staff. Go, choose a wine, and ask the server to find something to eat with it.

Best Restaurants in Ottawa - Old Hull

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Véronique Rivest

Discover all these great places on the same night with Experience Food

All Experience Food Hull tours are organized to allow you to discover 4 of the 5 great restaurants listed here in one evening. Join us for a Tasting Tour where you will get to eat a small plate and have a paired drink at each place, come for the Wine Pairing Tour where sommeliers at each restaurant will explain food an wine (and beer) pairing for you, or participate in the Gourmet Tours where you will have a 4 course meal with each course served in a different restaurant. Then, you will discover the quality of Old Hull dinning. On top of that you will get to meet the Chefs, Owners, or Sommeliers that make these places great and receive a historic tour of the neighbourhood on top of that. Book your tour now.

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Best restaurants in Ottawa - Old Hull