May is Asian Heritage Month and there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate. Here are just a few of the Asian restaurants, festivals and cultural activities in Ottawa you can enjoy all year round!
Kuidaore is a hidden gem in Ottawa's food scene that you won't want to miss! Kuidaore, found in Little Italy on Preston street, offers a delicious variety of Japanese cuisine, from fresh sushi rolls to hearty ramen bowls. Every dish is made with high-quality ingredients and authentic cooking techniques, ensuring an unforgettable culinary experience. The menu features vegetarian and gluten-free options, making it a great choice if you have dietary restrictions. So come indulge in some mouth-watering Japanese food at Kuidaore—you won’t be disappointed!
Craving some mouth-watering ramen? Then Sansotei on Bank Street is the spot! This beloved restaurant offers some of the best Japanese noodles in Ottawa, with a variety of rich and savory broths to choose from. But Sansotei is more than just ramen—they also serve up delicious appetizers like the crispy chicken karaage and flavorful pork gyoza dumplings. Whether you’re a ramen aficionado or just looking to try something new, Sansotei is a must-visit spot for any foodie in Ottawa!
You can’t miss out on So Good in Chinatown, it’s the restaurant for lovers of Chinese food! Their extensive menu of traditional dishes, from spicy stir-fry to delicate dim sum, is made with fresh ingredients and expert cooking techniques. Try some of their famous dumplings, made fresh in-house every day, and don’t miss the vegetarian and gluten-free options. Come and taste the authentic flavors of Chinese food at So Good – you won’t be disappointed!
Sweet Basil is a popular Ottawa restaurant located near the intersection of Bank & Heron, known for its delicious and authentic Thai food. The menu offers a wide range of options, from classic Thai dishes like Pad Thai and Tom Yum soup, to more unique and flavorful dishes like Massaman Curry and Pineapple Fried Rice. The quality of the food is always excellent, with fresh ingredients always prepared to perfection. The restaurant is also known for its friendly and attentive service, making it a great spot for a casual dinner with friends or a romantic night out.
Arts and culture
Korean Cultural Centre
Step into a world of Korean culture and tradition at the Korean Cultural Centre on Elgin Street! This vibrant cultural hub offers a wide range of activities, events and programs throughout the year that showcase the beauty and richness of Korean art, music and cuisine. Take a Korean language class, learn the art of traditional paper folding, or try your hand at Korean cooking in a hands-on workshop. You can also attend concerts, film screenings and exhibitions that showcase the best of Korean talent and creativity.
Taiko Drumming Ottawa
Looking for a high-energy and unforgettable musical experience? Look no further than the multiple concerts that Taiko Drumming Ottawa puts on throughout the year! This dynamic group offers performances and workshops that showcase the power and beauty of the traditional Japanese taiko drum. From heart-pounding rhythms to synchronized choreography, Taiko Drumming Ottawa's performances are a feast for the senses. With workshops for all ages and skill levels, you can learn to play the taiko drum yourself and experience the thrill of this ancient art form.
Events and festivals
Great India Festival
Get ready to experience the sights, sounds and flavors of India at the multiple events that Great India Festival offers in Ottawa! These events bring together the best of Indian culture, from traditional dance performances to mouth-watering food. Browse colourful stalls and vendors offering everything from handmade jewelry to intricate textiles. Sample the delicious flavours of Indian cooking, from spicy curries to sweet desserts, while you enjoy live music and entertainment. With activities for all ages, including henna tattoos and face painting, the Great India Festival is a celebration of the rich and vibrant heritage of India. Mark your calendars for May 26, 2023 for Samanvaya—The Festival of Togetherness.
Ottawa Chinatown Night Market
If you're in the mood for an evening of delicious food and vibrant atmosphere, look no further than the Ottawa Chinatown Night Market! This annual event brings together the best of Ottawa's Asian cuisine, from savory dumplings to sweet bubble tea. Wander the bustling streets of Chinatown while you sample an array of treats from food vendors and local restaurants. With something for everyone, from spicy Szechuan dishes to refreshing boba drinks, the Chinatown Night Market is a must-visit destination for any foodie or cultural explorer. This event is happening June 2-4, 2023, not technically during Asian Heritage Month, but we promise you won’t want to miss it. Come hungry, leave happy!
Ottawa Indian Film Festival Awards
Lights, camera, action! Get ready to celebrate the best of Indian cinema at the Ottawa Indian Film Festival Awards happening June 13-17, 2023. This exciting event showcases the most talented actors, directors and producers from India's film industry. From Bollywood blockbusters to independent films, the festival offers a diverse selection of films that are sure to captivate and inspire audiences of all ages. With glitz and glamour on display, the Ottawa Indian Film Festival Awards is a night to remember, filled with red-carpet moments, stunning performances and heartfelt speeches.