Two Ottawa Restaurants in the Running for EnRoute’s Best New Restaurant 2016

Air Canada’s in-flight publication, enRoute Magazine, just released the people’s choice nominees for their Canadian Best New Restaurant 2016 award, as chosen by a panel of food and hospitality industry leaders. Nominations could be made for eateries that opened between approximately June 2015 and June 2016.

Among the 35 contenders from across the country are two notables from Ottawa: Datsun and Fairouz; demonstrating that Ottawa’s food scene is alive and garnering both national and international attention.


380 Elgin St., Ottawa, ON, 613-422-2800

Datsun is brought to you by chef-owner Matthew Carmichael, and chef de cuisine Jordan Holley, both veteran of some of Ottawa’s top kitchens, including the popular taco join El Camino. At Datsun, expect Asian plates like pork belly steamed bun, spicy chicken wings, seafood congee, pork and chive dumplings, and seared beef tataki. Critics say the food quality and attention to detail is high.


343 Somerset Street West, Ottawa, ON, 613-422-7700

Fairouz is a Middle East inspired upscale casual restaurant opened by Dr. Hussain Rahal and Tony Garcia in a heritage mansion in Ottawa’s Somerset Village. Dishes like labneh sesame crusted falafel, fil fil kebab, tuna maslouka and lamb tartar are made with house grown herbs and micro-greens. The pita is also made fresh to order.

Have you eaten at Ottawa’s Datsun and Fairouz? Think one of them deserves to win Canada’s Best New Restaurant 2016? You can vote for your favourite and enter for a chance to win a trip for two to the nominated restaurant of your choice plus $500 spending money.

Check out all of the nominees for the Air Canada enRoute Magazine People’s Choice Award. To see who makes the Top 10 list, chosen by enRoute’s food writer, look out for the November issue of Air Canada enRoute magazine.