The Green Door was recommended to me when I was visiting Ottawa last year. It's a fair walk from the city centre, but as it was (so far as I know) the only veggie restaurant in town, I wasn't going to miss it.
The whole place is laid out buffet-style: the layout of the self-service area was basically 1/3 hot dishes, 1/3 salad bar, and 1/3 cold desserts.
Help yourself to whatever you fancy, and then you pay by weight which came as a bit of a surprise. Even the desserts were charged by weight, so the only exception was the drinks (and there was free tap water available).
They also have takeaway containers, so I ended up getting some extra food to take for my lunch the next day. And then, because it was so good, going back that next evening and doing the same thing again!
Hot dishes had quite a heavily Asian influence (stir fried veg, curried dishes, noodles), but there were also more European flavours such as an exceptionally tasty lasagne and some great quiches. Several dishes were basically one or two vegetables with some complementary spices - making sure there was loads to choose from if you're vegan or have allergies.
The salads were interesting to say the least, mostly being based on pulses, grains or vegetables with very little sign of 'conventional' salad leaves (this suits me down to the ground!). Lots of spices in the salads as well, and again, almost all vegan.
I only tried one of the dessert options - a raspberry tart which was so incredible I had to get the recipe (they publish a cookbook), but I haven't yet managed to replicate it successfully. Which reminds me, I must try again now that it's summer...
|Address:||198 Main Street, Ottawa, ON K1S1C6, Canada|
|Date Visited:||May 2008|