A summary of recent IMAGE restaurant reviews and food features, plus other advice from our contributors about where to find great food in and around Sandy Hill.
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3Cents², 65 Templeton Street
According to a recent broadcast of CBC Radio’s All in a Day, a café serving Yemeni flatbreads will be opening in Henderson Square, at the corner of Templeton and Henderson, at the end of October. There is already a branch of 3Cents2 open on Bank Street, and photos of their sweet and savoury offerings, which resemble a cross between a Beavertail and an Indian naan, are very intriguing. Something to look forward to on the way to or from the Ottawa U gym!
Si Señor, 506 Rideau Street
My recent plan to take a chilaquiles torta from Si Señor to the park did not work out so well. It was a slightly breezy day and my napkins kept blowing away, which was very inconvenient since scrumptious sauce from the enormous sandwich kept running down my arm. You are better off eating in, I think, but this is no hardship since the restaurant is bright and cosy and the staff are friendly. The tortas are on special on Thursdays; Tuesday’s special is tacos; and Wednesdays it’s burritos. At $6.50 for a burrito or a torta you will find this an affordable and generous meal that sees you through the rest of your day.
Working Title Kitchen and Café, 10 Blackburn Avenue
Enter through the red doors on Laurier near Chapel
Working Title’s lovely new patio on Laurier was an instant hit when it opened late in June. Sandy Hill had apparently been waiting eagerly for a shady place to enjoy a charcuterie board, a late-afternoon drink or an ice cream cone. Another innovation that proved to be popular this summer was Sunday brunch, which began during the Music and Beyond Festival and happily continues. The brunch menu is interesting enough to make for a special outing, with a mimosa or a little smoothie to start, several interesting main courses to choose from, and tea or coffee included in the $28.00 price. The café also continues to offer its Meatless Monday selections from the menu of its old neighbour, Perfection-Satisfaction-Promise. A dish of dhal, beautifully adorned with chutney, yogurt, spicy pickles and coriander, was a tasty and filling lunch, and the roasted cauliflower and mushroom soup that was featured the same day was profoundly delicious.