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Opening Mondays beginning July 8
Beginning with Monday, July 8 2013, we'll be open for dinner all seven days each week. We will take reservations Mondays from 5pm to 9pm. Please join us for your Meatless Mondays!
Sunday Night Jazz at ZenKitchen
We're pleased to offer live jazz every Sunday night. Hosted and programmed by guitarist Tim Bedner, who will be joined by a special guest artist each night. No cover, but we'd like you to order dinner!
guitarist Garry Elliott and trombonist Peter Turner
Tim Bedner and Diane White
vocalist Peter Liu and pianist Yves Laroche
Tim Bedner and Charlie Gordon, trumpet and flugelhorn
Tim Bedner and Peter Hum, piano
pianist Brian Browne and vocalist Elise Letourneau
Tim Bedner and John Geggie on contra-bass
Sunday night Jazz
Ottawa Magazine gives ZenKitchen Four Stars
Ottawa Magazine's September edition awards ZenKitchen top marks, saying, "ZenKitchen is a trailblazer. Not just in Ottawa: a Zen-like restaurant would be considered exciting in any city. Here's a vegan restaurant that can stand proudly among this city's signature restaurants -- not sure there's another vegetarian restaurant in any city that can lay claim to that."
"Exquisite, diversely sourced cuisine that’s artfully made..." - Capital Xtra!
Capital Xtra! magazine offers a wonderful review of ZenKitchen this week. Follow the link below for all the details.
ZenKitchen wins Silver!
For the second time in a row, ZenKitchen's Chef Caroline Ishii won the Silver medal at the annual Gold Medal Plates competition, held November 14, 2011. Congratulations to Chef Caroline and the whole ZenKitchen team!
Restaurant Adventures airing Tuesdays at 6:30 on OWN
The Restaurant Adventures of Caroline and Dave - the TV series that followed ZenKitchen's humble but rocky beginnings - is now showing on the Oprah Winfrey Network, Tuesdays at 6:30 and 3:30.
Globe and Mail: Who knew vegan food could be so satisfying?
"In Ottawa's Chinatown, a surprise awaits: a high-end vegan restaurant that draws the omnivore crowd. ZenKitchen brings gourmet international to the bean-sprout set. Chef Caroline Ishii, who chats with guests as she moves between tables, says what she really wants to do is make food that's good for the planet and good for people."
Click here for the full June 30/11 column.
Lonely Planet Guide names ZenKitchen one of Ontario's top 5 restaurants
The 2011 edition of Lonely Planet's guide to Canada lists ZenKitchen as Ottawa's "Top Choice" restaurant while including a sidebar written by ZenKitchen's Dave Loan and Caroline Ishii.
Restaurant Adventures on the Oprah Winfrey Network
The Restaurant Adventures of Caroline and Dave, the 13 episode TV series that followed our path to open ZenKitchen, is airing on OWN TV Canada!
You can watch or record the show Fridays at 3p.m. or Mondays at 3:30 a.m.
Restaurant Adventures on OWN
Now offering take-out
Due to increasing demand, we are now offering take-out at lunch and dinner. Packaged in compostable containers, our take-out can be ordered over the phone at 613-233-6404. Menues are available on this site. Bring your own box or bag and save $0.50!
"An unprecedented taste adventure"
New York City writer Jeff Heilman visited ZenKitchen last October. His story, published in MeetingsEast Magazine, offers high praise: "A small group must is the acclaimed ZenKitchen in Chinatown, where Chef Caroline Ishii's tantalizing gourmet vegan menu is an unprecedented taste adventure."
ZenKitchen wins Silver!
ZenKitchen took second place at last night's Gold Medal Plates culinary competition. Congratulations to Chef Caroline and her amazing team!
EnRoute Magazine's praise for ZenKitchen
EnRoute's Restaurant Edition offered some high praise: Charcuterie-free dining
There is life after animal products for Ottawa chef Caroline Ishii. Zen Kitchen dares to take vegan cuisine out of the tree-planting mess hall and into fine dining. Ishii presents clean, creative and beautifully plated food – best expressed in small dishes like sesame-encrusted mushrooms with anise-tamarind reduction and prickly-sweet chilies that are as good as fried chicken (does that sound crassly carnivorous?) – while sommelier David Loan arranges Ontario-forward wine pairings. So hold your tempeh-weary sigh for the end of the meal: It should be a contented one.
Washington Post: ZenKitchen "one of the hottest tables in town"
In a profile of Ottawa's new cool, Washington Post travel writer Michael Kaminer describes ZenKitchen as one of Ottawa's "hottest tables". See the whole article below.
Washington Post article
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ZenKitchen wins VQA Gold Award 2010!
For the second time, ZenKitchen has won the VQA Gold Award for our wine list.
Sunday Brunch begins July 18! Change to lunch hours
We'll offer brunch on Sundays, 11-2pm, beginning July 18th. Expect some of our lunch favourites along pancakes, Asian-style breakfast dishes, freshly baked scones, and even some more traditional breakfast fare.
Please note that as a result of customer feedback, we will no longer offer lunch service on Wednesdays or Saturdays after July 17. We'll still be open for lunch on Thursdays and Fridays, 11-2.
ZenKitchen named Ottawa's New Restaurant of the Year!
The Ontario Restaurant, Hotel and Motel Association (OHRMA) Ottawa tonight named ZenKitchen as Ottawa's New Restaurant of the Year.
"Judges noted the incredible impact ZenKitchen has had in just six short months. Judges also thought Caroline and Dave should be lauded for their risk-taking, innovation, and the uniqueness of their vision for the restaurant."
ORHMA Restaurant Awards
Air date for TV show announced
The W Network announced today that The Restaurant Adventures of Caroline and Dave will premier on Wednesday January 6, 2010 at 9:00 pm. We hope you'll tune in!
Ottawa Citizen restaurant reviewer Anne Desbrisay: "...Zen[Kitchen] is a great addition to Ottawa’s dining out scene, and a restaurant I’m more excited about than any other I’ve come across this year."
Ottawa Citizen review
ZenKitchen wins the 2009 VQA Gold Restaurant Award of Excellence!
From VQA Ontario: "Congratulations! I am pleased to advise you
Ottawa Magazine: Veg with Edge
"...the feel-good consciousness doesn't supersede the taste or presentation."
Ottawa Magazine Sept 09 (1718K)
Ottawa Citizen: "Vegans of the city, rejoice!"
Vegans of the city, rejoice! ZenKitchen, a high-end vegetarian/vegan restaurant has just opened at 634 Somerset St. W. in Ottawa's Chinatown area, offering gourmet food and stylish atmosphere that goes well beyond the usual cafeteria-style fare at other vegetarian eateries. Owner Caroline Ishii is an accomplished vegetarian chef, who is teamed with her life partner Dave Loan in the venture. it's a small yet well-appointed space, and definitely worth checking out. Call 613-233-6404 or see www.zenkitchen.ca. (Ron Eade, The Ottawa Citizen, July 4, 2009, p J12)
Open for business!
"But, occasionally, someone comes along who redefines a category, who makes you sit back, behold, taste their food and say simply, “wow!” And I’m most delighted to suggest that Zen Kitchen, which officially opens its doors tonight at 634 Somerset St. W. in Ottawa’s Chinatown neighbourhood, has all the makings of a place I expect will raise the bar on vegetarian cuisine beyond the cafeteria-style dining to date in the nation’s capital."
The ZenKitchen restaurant is open!
After many months of planning, design, construction and community effort, we're opening our doors on Saturday, June 27.
Come have some tapas on the patio, a glass of wine at the bar, or a full dinner service. See you soon!
Caroline and Dave
Sunday Night Jazz
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