In terms of culinary options, Ottawa is pretty diverse. From Canadian classics to Asian delicacies, you can taste it all without even leaving the city. But did you know you can get incredible Filipino food in Ottawa too?

If the sound of pineapple- and garlic-infused pork burgers topped with cheesy pimento and deep-fried pig ears has your mouth watering with anticipation, you may want to check out Tami's Cafe.

With Filipino-fusion menu items like pandan pancakes, boozy ube lattes, halo-halo dessert, and more, your taste buds are sure to be tingling with satisfaction in no time.

Whether you're a serious foodie with a taste for Asian treats, or are simply looking to try something new, this charming little cafe is the spot to do it.

With such a mix of colours, the food and drinks available are the kind of meals you eat with your eyes first.

Are you ready to spam your Insta feed with delicious, vibrant Filipino food? Because obviously, a trip to the cafe with your BFFs needs to be on your Ottawa food bucket list.

So, gather the squad and bring your appetite!

One of the more daring and adventurous menu items is certainly the sizzling sisig. This is a classic Filipino dish that includes grilled and sauteed pig belly with pig ears, chilli peppers, and red onions.

It's served on a hot plate, and you can even get it topped with an egg if you somehow feel you need to add more to this treat!

If you're looking to expand your food horizons but sisig sounds a little too bold, then perhaps the less intimidating deep-fried pork belly will appeal to you. 

Fried pork belly, or Lechon Kawali, is a salty, crispy dish that might be easier to try than the chewier sizzling sisig.

Of course, if you want to play it really safe, then the garlic- and pineapple-infused pork burger is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

It comes topped with cheese pimento spread, tomato, and onions on a homemade pandesal bun. Yum.

And you can't forget the mouth-watering desserts and drinks available here, either.

In the warmer months, the cafe usually offers halo-halo, a cold dessert made from evaporated milk and shaved ice and topped with sweet beans, ube (purple yams), and more.

There is also a fairly wide selection of unique cocktails for you to sip on, as well, including the Dirty Ube Latte. That's full of Baileys, Kahlua, espresso, ube, and froth milk. 

The lattes also pair beautifully with the bright green pandan pancakes. Pandan is a tropical plant used in a number of recipes and adds an almost coconut flavour.

Tami's Cafe

Price: 💸

Cuisine: Filipino-fusion

Address: 374 Bank St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can taste a wide range of classic and delicious Filipino dishes right here in Ottawa. 


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