Ottawa’s Compliments & Complaints Department is a featured column supported by the Apt613 Fellowship Program. The aim is to spotlight locals from different hoods of the capital, letting them celebrate this city and share their constructive criticisms.
About: Lili is an engineer. She doesn’t live in Chinatown, but is here to visit her mom.
Complaint: It’s hard to find parking in Chinatown.
Compliment: Lili loves to have Chinese food here, but wishes there were better Chinese restaurants. She thinks that Ottawa’s Chinatown isn’t good enough; the taste of the food isn’t as good as in Toronto’s Chinese restaurants. For her, the food tastes better there because there are more Chinese people working in the restaurants, making the plates more authentic.
Recommendation: If you’re coming here from out of town, take a picture with the Chinatown Royal Arch. If you’re coming from Toronto, however, don’t eat the Chinese food here, as you will be disappointed. Try other cuisine, says Lili. And don’t shop here either: she only buys food from T & T Supermarket.