WHERE TO EAT NOW
The best new restaurants for 2013.
Letter from the Editor
A strong sense of civic pride is brewing in our city. More often than not, it’s led by multitasking entrepreneurs who connect with people in the spirit of creating something special. Most recently we’re seeing chefs and restaurateurs throw their metaphorical toques in the ring — and literally asking their customers to pull up a seat at the bar. The result is a blurring of the traditional lines between customer and server, not to mention a new notion of what dining out can be. It’s a time for calculated risks, colourful personalities, and experiences that evolve through the night. In short, it’s the era of the cocktail.
Maybe it’s because we’re drinking earlier and dining later. Why not enjoy happy hour with artisanal munchies? Heck, some of these cocktails eat like a meal. Or maybe it’s because while we’re chatting up the tattooed barkeep, conversation naturally leads to our next order. Who wants a rum and Coke if you can have a carefully crafted signature cocktail? When chefs and bartenders are putting so much thought into the balancing of flavours and the infusing of herbs and alcohol, it seems a shame to choose a standard highball.
In the end, even if you choose not to imbibe, the theme of this year’s best restaurants feature shines a light on the rising stars of our dining scene. Cocktails are but a symbol of the attention to detail and the commitment to local products that make these places stand out.
In the spirit of the season, we sourced the city’s top shops to create a stunning gift guide. Our expanded Shop Talk series brings together the talents of our expert shoppers, Sarah Fischer and Erica Wark, with art director Jane Corbett’s impeccable festive styling and photographer Marc Fowler’s precise technical skills. If you’re looking for gift ideas or holiday decor inspiration, it’s a great place to start.
Alas, the holidays can also be a bittersweet time. For Vaheeda Visram, whose brother Shafiq disappeared nearly 20 years ago, it can be a reminder of those not present at the family table. Ron Corbett talks to Vaheeda and members of the missing persons department in the compelling story “The Lost.”
Coming Up: Our 2014 Interiors issue will be better than ever. We’re working closely with Great Space guru Sarah Brown to bring you stories and photography featuring the city’s best interior design, architecture, home decor, and public spaces.
Dayanti Karunaratne , Editor
Cover Story: Where To Eat Now
The city’s best new restaurants — haute comfort food and bespoke cocktails stir up a following
BY SHAWNA WAGMAN; PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRISTIAN LALONDE / PHOTOLUX
Art, Activism, and the swan song of Charlie Hill
Longtime National Gallery of Canada curator Charlie Hill concedes that his exhibit Art, Architects and Artisans might be his last. A look back on his 40-plus years with the national institution reveals moments of radicalism, resolve, and humour
BY PAUL GESSELL
After a person has been missing more than a few days, the chance of a happy ending is slim. A visit to the missing persons department of the Ottawa Police Service
BY RON CORBETT
Life has changed a lot for Senators defenceman Marc Methot since he was acquired by his hometown team. After years of living far from his doting parents, he now enjoys regular family time, as well as lots of attention from Sens fans who are keen to see how the new team performs. Marc is ready — he knows from experience that pressure fuels excellence
BY LISA WALLACE
Inflating Plasco • An archival take on street view • Telling tales of love and relocation • Nuit Blanche revellers take to the streets • Raoul Bhaneja prepares to play Hamlet, solo
Column: Making History at the Canadian Museum of Civilization BY PAUL GESSELL
Column: Star Gazing in Ottawa BY DEREK ABMA
Most Wanted These boots are made for walking
My Look Christian Djohossou remixes tradition as Le R
Shop Talk Holiday scenes set the stage for an inspired gift-giving season
Great Space A custom builder opts for a kitchen that combines dramatic finishings with functional design elements
Quest Three picks from the raw food scene
City Bites: Notable restaurant and food happenings
Wine Best bets from organically farmed vineyards
Beer Five winter seasonals from local brewers
• Spotlight on Wakefield’s Chez Eric • New reviews of Agave Grill, Gy, Kochu Sushi & Korean Cuisine, Must Kitchen & Wine Bar, and Mystiko Kitchen & Wine Bar
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago steps out • Ring in the new year with The Hornettes • The Barra MacNeils bring East Coast style
BY ANDREW STEINMETZ