Métropolitain Brasserie

French in Ottawa

Métropolitain puts a modern spin on the typical brasserie with its swirling zinc countertop, flamboyant fixtures and Gallic soundtrack: you'll feel like you're dining on the set of Moulin Rouge. 'Hill Hour' (4pm to 7pm on weekdays, and from 9:30pm daily) buzzes with the spirited chatter of hot-blooded politicos as they down cheap plats du jour.

Oysters, moules-frites, burgers and calamari are on the menu and there's seating on the small square outside. Brunch is served from 9am to 2pm on weekends.