The BEST Restaurant in Ottawa – (Was) Singapore Restaurant!

Those of you who know me well are probably surprised that it took so long for me to do a post about my favourite restaurant.

To be clear, I have lots of favourites, depending on the occasion, but there is NO restaurant that I go to more often than Singapore. For example, last night I went to ’18’ in The Market (Ottawa) and that was probably the best meal I have had in the city, but that was $130 for a couple, so… I am not doing that once a week!

Singapore restaurant’s location does not lend itself to easy discovery. It is across the street from the Coliseum Cinemas on Carling, but is hidden by an Indian Restaurant. Most people find it by referral, and I think I probably account for about a hundred of those so far.

While the whole menu is awesome, particularly the Curry Shrimp and Black Bean anything, the meal that I have on average once a week, is the Singapore Lakksa. This version of Lakksa is a coconut broth-based curry dish with rice noodles, chicken, shrimp, egg & bean sprouts (which I don’t get because I think beans should really be allowed to live a full life) with the option of either hot sauce on the side, or you can order the meal hot. Only order the Lakksa hot if you are a real fan of hot, because I LOVE hot food, but that is too hot for me!

I mention ‘version’ because, in Singapore and Malaysia, ‘Lakksa’ is a generic term for ‘soup’ so if you have had it before at other restaurants, like ‘Spring Rolls’ in Toronto, you will find that it may be quite different if they based their Lakksa on a different style of Malaysian cooking.

Other big plusses of the Singapore are the reasonable prices, and FAST service. I have a 10 minute drive from my office, but can still do the round trip and have a meal at a relaxed pace within one hour.Take out is also another good option, you can order 15 mins in advance and have it ready for pickup when you get there.Tell Abba that Adrian sent you. 🙂

The Singapore Restaurant
69 Kempster Avenue Ottawa, ON
(613) 820-4119

P.S. The significance of the picture is that Barry actually ate TWO Lakksas. If you have ever eaten ONE you will know how big a feat this is! Apparently only 4 people have done this, and I know two of them (I’m not one of them).

P.P.S. September 9, 2016…  Sadly all good things must come to an end.  Thanks Ah Bah,  Foo & Andrew for so many wonderful meals!  I hope all the client love near the end didn’t take years off your life!!


My Longest Day

Singapore Changi Airport

Originally uploaded by Adrian F1

After some sleep I have a chance to contemplate my record travel day: 30 hours of travel, and 16,390 kms all in one day (Singapore – Seoul – Vancouver – Ottawa)!

Due to crossing the national date line during my flight, all of my flights actually occurred within the 19th of January, also making this my longest day at 37 hours.

Unfortunately for me, I am not one of these people who can sleep on planes. Even with some extra space on one of the three flights, a blindfold and sound isolating earphones I think I managed to nod off for maybe 45 minutes during those 30 hours!

During my 4 hour stopover in Vancouver, I actually had to stay standing, because if I sat down I would have surely fallen asleep and missed my flight.

Anyway, I am home safe and sound after an EXCELLENT trip to Vancouver and Southeast Asia! Check out all the pictures here.

A special thanks to Laura for hosting me in Singapore, Leigh and Chad for showing us around in Vancouver, and finally Todd and Marianne for inviting us to their wedding in Kamloops!


Originally uploaded by Adrian F1

Hello everyone,

I have been fighting a bad cold for most of my trip in Singapore, so I have been using what little energy I have had to focus on the travel and picture taking!

I have been good about uploading the pictures I have been taking, so if you are interested, have a look at

Even with the cold, I am really enjoying Singapore and have visited the financial district, the tourist quays, Little India, and yesterday the island of Sentosa.

Today Laura and I travel to Bangkok for the weekend, so looks for pictures of our trip there soon!


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