This tiny little place was certainly a major discovery nestled here in what remains of Hull's old town, surrounded by the towering concrete edifices of The Portage complex of Canada and Quebec's Government.
"DELISH!" is a word that I occasionally use as a superlative to signify when food really does hit the tastebuds and here at this more than aptly eponymously-named cafe the food definitely lives up to the name!!
The cafe has only 10 seats at tables plus another 6 at the counter and is open lunchtimes Monday-to-Friday for both eat-in and take-away meals but can be booked for private parties at evenings and weekends.
There is no menu as such with the food offering changing on a daily basis - the dishes of the day displayed in a refrigerated cabinet in front of you as you enter. The helpful staff and owners will guide you thro' the individual dishes (in English or French) and make recommendations as to accompaniements. Whether a simple sandwich takeaway or a full-blown 3-course repast - if you like your food tasty this is the place to come!!
Favorite Dish: Only one visit so far but the stuffed chicken breast with goats cheese and spinach, finished with a creamy mushroom sauce was absolutely DELISH!!, as was the accompanying balsamic-dressed artichoke salad and the mixed grains. Yep, definitely due a revisit soonest!
PS House wine is pretty good too ;-)
It's an old house converted into a Butcher selling epicurean sausages made in Laval, Quebec.
Idid a rough count and saw about 40, some new combinations for me, but took me back to my previous trips to Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Portugal, Spain and France.
Having heard of the shop years ago, i just did not manage to visit, despite driving past many time.
Yesterday we tried to get into a little Somerset/Chinatown diner Hung Sum for Dim Sum, but 20-30 minute wait, so decided to head across the river, and lo and behold was like the proverbial kid in the candy store but it was ken wishing he was with a group of friends , with the pots and pans all making their own gourmet hot dog, subway, sandwich, panini or chilli with the mind boggling variety of sausages
A clean well laid out saucisser shop, should be a few stools and counter, with craft beers in a fridge
Favorite Dish: the sandwich ~ Gourmet Hot Dog full house on full grain bread roll
Pacini is group of Quebecoise Italian restaurants which boasts that it is the "most generous restaurant chain in Quebec!"
Whilst it does have a definite "chain-feel" to it with its bright signage, glossy colourful menus and uniformed waiting staff it also has a perceptible fun atmosphere.
This isn't the sort of place to expect a culinary masterpiece but it does what it does exceptionally well. The menu covers the Italian staples of pasta, pizza with a few odds and bobs thrown in, done simply in an almost "fast-food" style, but none the worse for that. The house's unique touch is its serve-yourself "Bread Bar" where you can toast slices of various breads on a chargrill and accompany them with a selection of flavoured butters.
The Hull restaurant on our Thursday evening visit was pretty packed, mostly with groups celebrating birthdays - our meal punctuated by the turning up of the "Happy Birthday" musak as candled cakes were delivered to the various tables.
This is cheap and cheerful and the main course dishes come with the option of soup or salad along with the "Bread Bar". Spring water is provided as a freebie and the wine list has reasonably-priced, mostly Italian, offerings.
Service is brisk but unhurried and perfectly friendly.
Favorite Dish: Salad starters were fine, bread tasty and my main course of "Spaghetti Robusto" (with Bolognese sauce, Italian sausage meatballs and capicollo, gratinated with plenty of cheese) was exactly what I was after for a filling, warming, main course. The "Lasagna Della Casa" was pretty much a variation on my spaghetti, just a different pasta and did exactly the same job.
Washed down with a good bottle of Scicilian red and the complimentary mineral water, the
$70 bill was more than justified.
Well worth a visit and we got home in time for "Grey's Anatomy"!
Arriving at 10 pm on a Friday evening (when most restaurants over the river in Ottawa are looking to shut up shop) Piz'za-za is buzzing, the tables are being relaid as fast as they are vacated.
There's certainly no mistaking this place for anything but a pizza joint. The smell of the fresh-baking dough is the first thing to assail the senses as soon as you walk through the door. Next, the hum of convivial conversation greets the ears, followed closely, in defiance of the laws of physics, by a 'za-za.
Einstien's theory of relativity reckons that the velocity of light is the fastest speed at which information can be transmitted. Well, my theory is that atmosphere is far more immediate than the visuals. No more so than here, where the phrase 'za-za exemplifies everything that a pizza joint should be.
So here's my contribution to the dictionary of pizzeria lingua franca:
'za-za - verb. The act of creating a superbly atmospheric restaurant with great food, great wine, friendly, attentive service and, above all - a not too huge price tag!
Favorite Dish: The menu here offers a few digressions from the pizza-theme, but HEY! Why bother?
There are 25 (at last count) pizza options. pretty much encompassing the globe and nothing is written in stone - feel free to mix and match, add and subtract.
On my only visit (so far) I opted for the "Inferno" (sauce tomate, merguez, oignons rouges, jalapenos, capres, mozzarella) which I also added an extra topping of goat's cheese - Worked for me! But it is all down to personal taste and the options include classic Italian combinations, touches of Mexicana, an odd Thai curve-ball and even an option which claims to be Danish!
The wine list too deserves a mention, featuring a well-balanced multi-national selection with most available by the glass, carafe and bottle. The Lebanese red we tried was a very reasonable $20 for a 1/2 litre carafe and certainly fulfilled its accompanying role with flying colours.
As we left, just after 11, 'za-za was still packing them in - great place! 10/10 if I was to be a rater ;)
This is a big, modern, busy and buzzy restaurant here on the main drag thro' the middle of Hull which somehow manages to narrowly escape any definition which could potentially affix an unwonted stereotype. La Station almost fits the bill as a fast food joint with an emphasis on pizza, but with a pizza oven like this it manages to transcend such a simplistic definition.
Also on the eclectic menu are several variations of the house smoked meats, a grill section, a range of pasta dishes and a small selection of tasty sounding seafood - in fact pretty much something for everyone and nothing particularly expensive either.
Whilst first impressions of the place suggest trendy and aimed at a younger clientele on closer inspection the restaurant actually attracts a much wider age range. Service is swift, professional and friendly and is also comfortably bi-lingual. All in all this is a very impressive set-up and everything seems to work perfectly - well recommended!!
Favorite Dish: Only one lunch so far and that was the delish smoked meat jumbo sandwich - more meat than the bread could contain, with the merest hint of mustard and accompanied by fries, coleslaw and pickle - very similar to a New York pastrami on rye except twice as much meat. I must admit to also having been tempted by the La Station Poutine (with smoked meat) and also the La Station Pizza (also smoked meat!!).
Smoked meats and pizza are the house specialities but the menu has plenty more to offer.
Le Twist is a small restaurant that is famous for its hamburgers. Their burgers are a good-sized patty and the most popular is the Montréalais with cream cheese. They also serve Moules with Frites and quiche.
They have a nice patio out back. Putting the patio out back worked well at cutting off the wind and therefore is one of the first patios open in the Spring and the last to close in the Fall.
Personaly I find this restaurant overpriced for the type of food you’re getting.
Favorite Dish: I usually get the chicken fingers or fries. The chicken fingers come with a delicious homemade garlic dip, which is also good as a dip for your fries. The custom here is to order mayonnaise to dip your frites (French Fries).
Hard to put Pizza'za in a category. The menu mainly consists of personal pizza's. However they are European style. They also have pasta dishes. This restaurant is also known for it's great wine list.
Good place for lunch, dinner or a 5 ý 7 as we called it here (after work with friends).
Favorite Dish: Mediteranean pizza
Smoked salmon is highly recommended by others (I have not tried it)
Place Aubry in Hull is a hub of restaurants of the main street, shared by a pedestrian street. This is a great place for summer dinning. Lunch or dinner, there is a good variety. They all have patios and in the summer there are outdoor concerts held on the pedestrian street (called Concerts du cr?puscule in French).
Favorite Dish: Pizza at Pizza'za
Sitting, eating and drinking on the patios is a favourite pastime for Canadians.
There's a wide variety of places to eat here. They range from expensive to budget, from canadian food to foreign cuisine. If you want to eat in Hull, you should go to the 'Station' on St-Joseph boulevard, they have a mix of everything. However my favorite of all and a popular spot for most in the summer is the Byward Market in Ottawa (see my page on Ottawa).
Favorite Dish: Everything is good
I love Thai food and so far this is the best restaurant I've been to. The food is excellent and the service is the best.
The lunch and supper menu are not the same. You must try both.
The price range below is for dinner. Lunch menu is under $10.
Favorite Dish: Gee your asking me to remember the names of the plates? They're all good.
If you got exhausted from all the walking and standing in the Museum of Civilization, hap into this cozy coffee for a cappuccino, slice of cake or a sandwich. The price is not very high and the place is not overcrowded at all. They also serve brekfast. The service is friendly and they speak English.
Favorite Dish: Coffee au lait
Ok here is one for you. Many people wonder around Hull beacuse all they see is chain restaurants, like Mc Donalds, St Hubert, Burger King and so on. If you are looking for a small, authentic french restaurant, this is one for you. It is very small and can be hard to find for some.
Favorite Dish: Spicy, French dishes.
Ok, you have to try the St Hubert chicken. They roast the chicken on open fire and serve the roast meat with mashed potatoes or french fries and many other side dishes.
They also serve ribs, wings, hot sandwiches, fish fillets, desserts and other yummy stuff. This is the place where all the good people of Gatineau come on the weekend to show of with their BMW or Mercedes Benz.
Favorite Dish: My favorite is the roast chicken. St Hubert also has a take out section with delivery service combined.
This is kinda like all the 'East-side Mario's', 'Barbies', 'Moes' kinda places..fast service, loud, young atmosphere, fun staff and a lot of decorations.
It's open 24 hours, so good for a great after-party snack.
Favorite Dish: Chicken sandwich.
If u couldn't avoid Hull and are now stuck there, might as well make the best out of the worse situation... I would recommend the 'Expresso' on boulevard St-Joseph (check the phone book). It's a small friendly café-restaurant and the deserts are awesome. There is also the café-restaurant 'Le Troquet' and the bistro 'Les 4 jeudis' in downtown Hull.