|Clockwise from bottom left: black olive hummus, steamed broccoli with onion, brown rice with peppers, salsa flavoured tofu, Lebanese bread, red lentil shepherd's pie, tofu balls, nut loaf.|
What: The Table Restaurant, Ottawa
Where: 1230 Wellington Street West
Comments: This restaurant has become a weekly lunch favourite. It's a comforting place for me - reminiscent of growing up enjoying church potluck lunches that were entirely vegetarian. It was always a surprise and always a treat - not that we didn't have good food at home, cause we did - but the surprise of a delicious lunch after a long church service was always something to look forward to. I do have my favourites here - the tofu fritters with onion chutney, the black olive hummus, the chocolate beet cake and raspberry chocolate cake - are among them. Each dish is labeled as to is ingredients and dietary status (vegan, dairy free, gluten free, etc.). It is a cafeteria style restaurant, so if you're in a hurry, you can grab a take out container and be on your way. If you planned ahead, you can even bring your own container and have them weigh it for you before you select your items. All plates are weighed to determine the price. If you're not in a hurry, you can choose a window seat, enjoy your lunch and watch the traffic on the street. All of the staff are warm and friendly as well - always a nice bonus when serving such tasty fare.