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Asparagus appetizer at the Wellington Gastropub.

The highlight of my Gastropub meal on Friday, April 30. This appetizer captured perfectly, and simply, the spirit of spring: asparagus with bearnaise, lardons and truffle oil.

For me, there are few better ways of spending an evening—and my money—than discovering and enjoying good food. Food is entertainment (and much more); our spending on other leisure activities is minimal. It’s no surprise then that sometimes I think we could have a budget line dedicated to the Wellington Gastropub. It’s our neighbourhood restaurant and we end up going there about every 2 months. Although there are many others, we always gravitate toward the Gastropub. It offers good value on the plate, and we know the food will be tasty and fresh. But the service is, in my opinion, what really sets it apart.

On our very first visit 3 years ago, we were greeted warmly and made to feel that we were important to them. It’s still the same today. By now, they know our names and we know theirs. We have conversations with them about where the food comes from, exchange tasting notes, tips and other food adventures. It’s a personalized and highly enjoyable dining experience. As a result, we probably allow ourselves to indulge a little more at the Gastropub, but we are also recognized from time to time for our loyalty, which only strengthens the relationship. I realize that this is smart business for them, but I do believe it’s sincere, smart business. And, the food is consistently good. Few restaurants in town manage to get the whole equation right.

Since they seem to have adjusted the size of their mains (portions used to be so generous, that it was often too much), I would make only one suggestion: add more vegetables to your plates!

Why I ♥ the Wellington Gastropub

  • The food is contemporary, fresh and well-prepared.
  • The quality is consistent.
  • The menu is small, changes daily, and features local producers.
  • The portions provide good value on the plate.
  • There’s a changing selection of Ontario beers on tap and a good by-the-glass wine selection.
  • The servers are congenial, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and unpretentious.
  • The atmosphere is convivial and casual.

Things to be aware of:

  • Book early for tables on Friday and Saturday nights, but reservations are probably best any night of the week.
  • The menu gets put up shortly before the restaurant opens (and the website only has a sample), so you’re in the hands of the chef.
  • It can get loud/noisy as the evening wears on.
  • Some interesting music choices in the background.

Story from an evening at Wellington Gastropub

Family friends Erwin and Josette Doebeli are the ultimate restaurateurs and veterans of the Vancouver food scene. David and I had the pleasure of hosting them in Ottawa, one of the stops on their cross-Canada motorcycle tour. We brought them to dinner at the Gastropub and had a delightful evening there. Our server Ivan kept up with our guests’ quick wit and there was fun, friendly banter when each course and the wine were served. The food was delicious. Now this couple knows excellent food and service when they experience it. Upon leaving the restaurant, they declared it was the best meal they had in their multi-month travels from the East Coast to the West Coast!

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