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Ottawa – YOW

Next door to his Mexican tavern, El Camino, Matt Carmichael and co-chef Jordan Holley switch gears to explore Asian street food. Papaya salad, laced with fish-sauce vinaigrette, is topped with a dramatic tower of shoestring-fried taro root, while minced pork dots Szechuan-inspired dandan noodles in a sauce of pork stock and chilies. Japanese-minimalist decor is punctuated by colourful pop art, and classic tiki cocktails like the zombie and the hurricane are served in kitschy ceramic mugs.

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