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Asian Heritage Month: Restaurants, Shops, and Experiences You Need to Try!

May 1, 2024

May is Asian Heritage Month and there are no shortage of ways to celebrate in Ottawa’s Original Downtown from food to shops and experiences that you will never forget!

Restaurants

Shanghai Wonton Noodle

Here is your invitation to savor this authentic culinary experience at Shanghai Wonton Noodle Restaurant for the most authentic Chinese noodle dishes! This hidden gem offers mouthwatering noodles from their extra-large wonton soup, Dan-Dan noodles, and famous beef noodle soup. 

Shanghai Wonton Noodle offers the best authentic noodles with a warm and comforting environment that will immediately transport you to the streets of Shanghai. This is an absolute must-try here on Rideau as the prices are affordable, but the food and people are excellent. 

📍 178 Rideau Street  

Monday to Friday: 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM 

Saturday to Sunday: 11:30 AM to 9:00 PM 

📞613-233-9900

Hong Kong Express

Hong Kong Express takes you on a delicious experience with authentic Chinese dishes! This hidden gem offers exceptional genuine Chinese cuisine that will transport your through the streets of Shanghai, Taiwan or and Hong Kong.

 You need to try some of their renowned signature dishes like their Stir-Fried Beef Noodles, Hokkien Fried Rice, or traditional Beef with Broccoli.

📍 178 Rideau Street  

Monday to Thursday: 11:00 AM to 9:20 PM 

Friday: 11:00 AM to 9:30 PM 

Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 AM to 9:20 PM 

📞613-241-3222

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Peking Duck

If you are looking for a place that serves genuine Peking Duck like the ones from Beijing, you need to try Peking Duck in Ottawa’s Original Downtown!

This fine dining Chinese restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy a fancy dinner with your loved ones or family that. The servers are exceptional and offer a ton of knowledge for those who are unsure about how to eat or respect the duck. Our Executive Director always recommends this place to guests who are visiting this wonderful city.

📍 178 Rideau Street  

Monday to Thursday: 11:30 AM to 9:00 PM 

Friday to Sunday: 11:30 AM to 8:30 PM 

📞613-860-0888

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Food Mood

Offering exceptional Korean classics like Bibimbap, Kimbap, and classic fried chicken, you need to add Food Mood to your bucket list of restaurants to try in Ottawa’s Original Downtown!

📍 178B Rideau Street 

Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday to Friday: 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Saturday to Sunday: 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM 

📞 613-789-0009

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Golden One Fried Chicken

For those who are looking to sink their teeth into a batch of freshly-fried chicken, you can’t afford to miss Golden One’s signature Korean approach to your favourite dish! Spicy options are available if you’re looking for a little extra kick, and the chicken is always best when paired with a side of veggie gyozas or Golden Cheese corn! 

📍 354 Rideau Street 

⏰ Sunday to Thursday: 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM  

⏰ Friday to Saturday: 12:00 PM – midnight 

📞 (613) 562-0688 

Ramakrishna

If you’re looking for one of the best Indian restaurants in Ottawa, this is it! Ramakrishna Indian Restaurant specializes in North Indian cuisine, and there is something extra special about their food. More importantly, the staff treats you the absolute best, ensuring you are delighted. 

As we said, it’s naan of our business, but we think that their butter chicken is by far the best. This dish will immediately transport you to the streets of Mumbai or New Delhi, and you will want more and more. 

Wash everything down with one of their mango lassis that will instantly cool you down after chicken tandoori. This is the perfect drink for a hot day, infused with mango, simple syrup, and cardamom! 

📍 417 Rideau Street  

Monday to Sunday: 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM 

📞 613-789-7979

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Madhuban Indian Cuisine

Another fantastic Indian restaurant in Ottawa’s Original Downtown is Madhuban Indian Cuisine that is striving to give Ottawa authentic Indian flavours! We can assure everyone that their dishes are rich in traditional Indian ingredients that are locally sourced from local farmers and markets.

One item that Madhuban provides Indo-Chinese fusion like Chili Chicken, Vegetable Noodles, and Fried Rice. You must try before you deny a twist on classic Asian dishes.

End off on a sweet note with a classic Indian dish, Gulab Jamun, which is essentially two large hand-rolled milk flour cakes soaked in rose water and cardamom-flavoured syrup. We are hungry just thinking about it!

📍 610 Rideau Street  

All week: 11:00 AM to 9:30 PM 

📞 613-789-2220

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Café Tehran

Be sure to stop in at one of the latest additions to Ottawa’s Original Downtown and sample their koobideh, chenjeh or shishlik kebab platters! Everything on the menu at Café Tehran is freshly prepared by Chef Ali Sadeghi, who is bringing his passion for Persian cuisine to the heart of Downtown Ottawa. Take advantage of their Thursday lunch special, when you can get a koobideh (ground beef) kebab, rice and a barbecued tomato for only $14.99!

📍 470 Rideau Street  

Sunday: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Monday to Thursday: 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Friday to Saturday: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM

📞 (613) 860-8000

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Pie Central Bakery

This humble Middle Eastern eatery has quickly become popular with university students living at THEO due to its location in the same building! Their freshly baked pies are always packed with fresh meats and veggies as well as tons of cheese before being baked to perfection.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can always try one of their more unconventional menu items like their cream cheese and olive pockets. Whatever you decide on, a pie from Pie Central Bakery is exactly what you need to ward off any lingering chills during those long study sessions! 

📍 305 Rideau Street 

⏰ Sunday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

⏰ Monday to Saturday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

📞 (613) 244-0400 

Shawarma Palace

While its name may indicate its specialty, it only takes one visit to Shawarma Palace to be convinced that everything on their menu is of exceptional quality, including their kababs! Visit them at the corner of Rideau and Augusta and give their chicken kabab, shish kabab or kafta kabab platters a try. Don’t forget to pick up some tabouli and extra fried veggies for yourself if you’re looking for a particularly healthy meal!

📍 464 Rideau Street

⏰ Sunday to Thursday: 11:00 AM – 1:00 AM

⏰ Friday to Saturday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM

📞 (613) 789-9533

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Must-Try Bubble Tea Spots

Check out our Bubble Tea Crawl blog for a full list of irresistible bubble tea shops, along with our recommendations!

Specialty Shops

Mergi Shop

Looking to make your shopping spree a little more unconventional than what you’re typically used to? Spend an afternoon browsing the wares of Mergi Shop! This quaint little retailer near Rideau and Friel specializes in Asian household goods and is certain to carry products that you didn’t even know existed.  

In just one trip, you can find some meat-noodle flavoured pet snacks for your furry feline friends, a Pokémon mystery box for that person in your life who’s “gotta catch ‘em all” and some seaweed-flavoured potato chips for yourself! 

📍 308 Rideau Street

Monday to Saturday: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Sunday: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM

📞 (613) 366-6459

Axia Station

Axia Station is a convenience store like no other! From the top Korean beauty brands to delectable Asian snack and drinks, there is no shortage of fun and exciting things to try!

Have we mentioned that they have a stellar line-up of claw machines with endless amounts of prizes to choose from like Mario and Luigi from Super Mario Bros, or even Pikachu. You’ll feel like a kid again when you enter this store!

📍 147 Rideau Street

Sunday to Wednesday: 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Thursday to Saturday: 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM

📞 (613) 366-7802

Sukoshi Mart

New to Ottawa’s Original Downtown is Sukoshi Mart!

This 4,300 sq foot store is a dream offering everything from home decor, Anime, K-Pop merch, Korean beauty & skincare, instant noodles, and the cutest plush toys. You’ll even find a claw machine where you catch a cute stuffie and a place to capture fun pictures with your friends at their photo booth.

📍 CF Rideau Centre, 50 Rideau Street, Level One

Sunday to Thursday: 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Saturday to Sunday: 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM

📞 (613) 860-6866

Aswaq

Abdulrahman Abdullah’s business Aswaq is dedicated to showcasing and selling some of the most beautiful works of art from Turkey, Tunisia and Syria.

You’ll find beautiful genuine, handmade ceramics and embroideries that are sure to add colour and culture to the home, knowing that these items are handmade. Shop from several of items like chess boards, bowls, plates and serving dishes.

📍 CF Rideau Centre, 50 Rideau Street, Level One

Sunday to Thursday: 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Saturday to Sunday: 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM

📞 (613) 292-0294

Are you worried about where you are going to park? Check out our Parking Guide to help you find all the parking options and rates downtown. Please be responsible and have a designated driver!

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