Calling all food lovers! There is a new eatery in Ottawa for everyone that loves to eat healthy, or try something new and it is called Pure Kitchen. With their previous business successes of Pure Yoga, owners Amber Stratton and Jen Dalgleish decided to add a restaurant to the brand. It only makes sense as eating healthy and staying active go hand in hand. I recently got the chance to ask Stratton a few questions about what it was like being an entrepreneur with opening the Pure establishments and what her favourite menu items are.
It’s All About Location
Currently, the two Pure Yoga locations have been strategically placed in specific areas of town, with one in Centretown and one in Westboro. Pure Kitchen, at 357 Richmond Road, is located less than a 5 minute walk from one of the yoga studios. The Westboro community is an “active health conscious neighborhood” states Stratton and I couldn’t agree more. At all hours of the day, there are people out walking, running or cycling. In the heart of Westboro, there is a Lululemon store, Snap Fitness Studio, and many other healthy eateries. Pure Kitchen fits right in.
The vibe and atmosphere of Pure Kitchen is sure to put you in a great and positive mood. Stratton describes the decor as, “clean and modern with a bring pop of colour at the back over our communal table.” I would also add that it has a slight industrial feel too with the metal bar stools and the unique light fixtures. The grey color scheme used on the outside of the building and seen in elements on the inside add to the modern feel.
Give Peas a Chance
The uniform shirts that the staff members wear have the cutest sayings on the backs such as “Lettuce Turnip the Beats” and “Give Peas a Chance”. The restaurant is publicly advertised as catering to vegans and vegetarians, however meat lovers will still find some delicious and healthy menu items. Sometimes it is good to give up meat for a meal or two ;). JD loves meat, but he tried the mushroom burger and was very pleased. Pure Kitchen takes pride to ensure that everything is made fresh from scratch and that the ingredients are all locally sourced when possible. I have enjoyed the Vibrant wrap a couple of times, which has chic pea curry, greens, and tomatoes. My guilty pleasure are the quinoa onion rings. They have been ordered a few times for lunch takeout and have my made my day that much better. Stratton confirms that the onion rings are one of her favourites too.
Clear some time on your busy schedule and give your body and soul a healthy treat. Come after a workout, grab some take out or come on a date with friends, family or a significant other. You will be sure to have a delicious meal and leave in positive spirits.