Instead hefting flatware-laden platters, servers at Ekko de Brasil emerge from the kitchen with skewers of flame-kissed meats straight from the kitchen's grill tops. They slice these succulent cuts, which include bacon-wrapped chicken breast, top sirloin, and leg of lamb, directly onto diners plates, continuing until the guests either signal them to stop by flipping a color-coded coaster or stump them with a riddle. A veggie-filled salad bar of hot and cold sides incorporates as many fresh, seasonal ingredients as possible. The spacious dining room brightens up its dark-wood ambience with cherry-red curtains along the windows and lively Brazilian dance performances on Friday and Saturday evenings. Bartenders also help to keep morale high by uncorking Brazilian-vinted wines and mixing cocktails with cachaça, the favoured spirit of Brazil.
Every morning, Kettleman's traditionally trained bakers fire up a wood-burning oven to craft batches of Montreal-style bagels, which earned the eatery a Best Bagel accolade from Ottawa (X)press in 2006. The kitchen’s open design spotlights a marriage of Old and New World technology and allows the staff to hand-roll dough, boil it in honey water, and bake it over hardwood in front of a hungry audience. Kettleman's culinary crew works with fresh ingredients and the happiest of thought bubbles while creating each of its baked goods—whether intended for individual enjoyment or as the foundation for deli sandwiches.
Chefs Dominic and Mohamed draw their culinary inspiration from the Old World, crafting a menu of predominantly French cuisine with occasional Italian influences. Garlic-cream sauce lends a flavourful richness to orders of escargot, and tender filet mignon emerges from the kitchen decorated with sauce aux poivres and a latticework of freshly tattooed grill marks. The chefs embrace Mediterranean flavours by baking rustic pizzas and glazing penne and linguini pasta with bolognese or carbonara sauces. On Friday and Saturday evening, the dining room echoes with the live piano performances of Yvon Farmer, who effortlessly transitions between iconic standards and contemporary compositions.
Nestled along the bank of the Ottawa River, DéjaVu regales guests with an entertaining fusion of internationally inspired pub grub and a lively nightclub atmosphere. In the kitchen, chefs grill steaks and seafood or assemble main courses spotlighting flavours from Mexico, China, Thailand, Italy, and Greece. Diners can feast on this eclectic fare on the sunny patio or amid an earth-toned interior decked with glossy stone tables, televisions airing sports, and pool tables. At night, DéjaVu's neon-fringed dance floor comes alive with live bands, energetic DJs, raucous foam parties, and profound discussions on maritime law.:
Owners Chris and Jessica Bishop model the Tartan Pub & Grill after traditional Scottish eateries and match offerings from a menu of classic and reinterpreted pub fare with more than 10 draft beers. The fish and chips showcases a 10-ounce battered fillet of haddock and fries, which the chefs weave into an edible kilt ($13.99 regularly, $11.99 on Fridays). Dishes groan beneath 10 ounces of AAA new york sirloin ($24.99) as well as the Scottish-Canadian fusion of salmon soaked in whisky and maple syrup ($16.99). The pesto pizza comes adorned in veggies—including black olives and tomatoes—snoozing beneath a blanket of mozzarella and shaved parmesan ($13.99). The pub's decor evokes the highlands with details such as dark wood furnishings, framed swatches of tartan-print fabrics, and William Wallace impersonators that regularly break through the pub's red and green walls.