Thi Fusion

I ventured out last evening in search of some Thai food before going bowling (!!). I was feeling generally lazy in driving too far, and remembered about Thi Fusion in the Kanata centrum. A jaunt and a half later I walked through what I thought was the front door and was greeted by a young gentleman who kindly told me it would be about 5 minutes or I could sit at the bar. Hoorah, I love sitting at the bar. I took a seat with no hesitation.

Looking through the menu it was a tour through Asia. Sushi from Japan, Pho from Vietname, Crispy egg noodle from China. It made it quite confusing to choose which part of Asia I wanted to taste from, and how to combine the dishes in one meal. Through some long moments of struggle, the same young man that showed me to my seat offered to assist me with the menu. I told him I was in the mood for some spicy, curry, stirfry-y kind of thing. His recommendations were the Pad Thai – their signature dish – or the curry. I settled on the BBQ pork Pad thai and started with a course of house-made spring rolls.

While waiting for the food I looked around the restaurant and noticed that each table was surrounded by tall walls to infuse a sense of privacy for each group. The kitchen was snug at the back – quite small from what I could see through the swinging door – and a long bar where I was sitting hid a sushi bar not exposed to the public but where all the sushi was being rolled. Back to the menu, I was curious why the ‘Canadian Eh’ maki roll had nothing exceptionally Canadian in it – Avocado, blue cheese, pear and smoked salmon. Sounds … interesting? The Southwest spring roll I decided against was clearly from Mexico and not Asia at all – black bean, corn, jalapeno, cheese and spicy mayo. So, definitely not southwest Asia.

Nonetheless, my food came out piping hot. The springrolls were very fresh – and as the young man said, worth every penny. My Pad thai was exceptionally yummy. The BBQ has never been an option as meat in Pad Thai and while the flavours jive, the BBQ remains a distinct flavour in the dish. The pad thai sauce was neither tomato-y nor thick; just a perfect coating of flavor over well cooked vegetables and slightly overcooked rice noodles.

The concept of the restaurant was clearly to bring an upscale restaurant to the city of Kanata with a fusion of Asian spices and dishes to the table. Not only is there a fusion of Asian foods, but a marriage with Canadian and Mexican cultures as well. If you are a sucker for Asian food, you will find it strange to be eating what we would consider poor man’s food but paying high end prices. You wont find $8 dishes here.I could have done without the big screen tv airing ‘gluton for punishment’ during my dinner, but overall a great experience. I will need to go back and take a tour of Japan next time.

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Wasabi

A lot of new sushi restaurants have surfaced in the last year but I stay true to Wasabi. I had temporarily given up on some other spots but had a hankering for some good sushi one afternoon. So a friend of mine met me in the market and we decided on trying Wasabi. We both had distinct cravings; she for some fresh sashimi and I for some fancy rolls. We were actually so hungry that it seemed impossible to decided what to eat but finally she decided on the sashimi bento box and I on Tri-Maki. Goodness, they all tasted so fresh.

Unlike the slow service at Kinki, our server was on the ball and delivered the food to us readily. We did start with some miso soup just in case, and while I didnt regret it, the food was quick. My friend loved the bento box, though slightly small in servings. Nonetheless, Wasabi is a night quaint spot in the heart of the market and provides a tasty selection of sushi (not all you can eat). It isĀ comparableĀ in price to Kinki so you do end up paying a little bit more for the rolls, but the taste is there.

The second time I went, we went in a big group and sat in the main dining room as opposed to the patio outside. The server was very impressive with keeping up with our constant flow of orders, our supply of sake and other drinks, and delivered each one flawlessly on gorgeously assembled platters. I actually decided to have the rice wine that night – no different from any other wine, but it was rice! If you go in a big group the price is more than worth it and feels like all you can eat.

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Sushi Go

I was skeptical of Sushi Go when it first opened – this new sushi place that seemed to take a storm over Ottawa. But one day I finally decided to try it out. I was living in the Glebe at the time and way too lazy to make dinner so I walked over to check it out. To my amazement they had a great selection of sushi rolls, maki rolls, salads and soup.

Alright so the staff is particularly young, but dont be fooled – they have all been trained in creative each roll to order. If you have time to wait you can order platters to go, and if you have no time, the restaurant gets its name from the prepackaged meals ‘to go’. All the rolls are displayed on a chalkboard right at the cash, but you will need to look in the take out menu to see what each is made up of. They are packed rolls of all kinds of flavours and tastes – I have to say if you are not in the mood for all-you-can-eat I really like Sushi Go. The rolls are different from what you are used to, but not completely Americanized.

The other great thing about Sushi Go that I dont think most people know is their selection of loose teas. I discovered they sell their teas (walls of them) for a reasonable price and each one is so beautifully pungent. You can also get Japanese snacks there too, but you can get those anywhere. Check out the teas, seriously!

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MHK Sushi (and Asian Fusion)

When we lived in Westboro we had a hankering for some sushi and found MHK – right down the street from us. We walked over and decided to stay at the restaurant to eat. My husband being a bit more adventurous than I with Asian food, he asked the Sushi chef to prepare some of his favourite dishes and present them to us. I decided to stick to the menu.

What we ended up getting (and didnt seem unusual for the chef to have a request of this nature) was some fresh octopus, squid, and a mixture of fresh seafood in a hand roll. In addition I played it safe with the bagel roll. I love this roll because I have a thing for rolls containing either spicy mayo or cream cheese. To note, the fresh fish we were given was delicious and nicely presented (this chef has not been in Canada long I can tell you that), but what you will find on the menu is Americanized sushi. I tend to not mind this as I often play it safe, but if you are in to traditional sushi rolls this wont be yoru favourite place. Also they do not offer all-you-can-eat and have small portions so think before coming here.

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Green Tea Sushi

At the time this restaurant opened I was living downtown near Elgin street and was so excited to see a close Asian restaurant open up. The girls and I went in to order some sushi and the first thing we noticed is that the menu is very easy to follow. There are rolls, pho soups, bubble teas, etc. The name doesnt imply it is a green tea purveyor, its just a witty name.

Anyways, the rolls are very ornate and ‘unique’ – which means they aren’t your typical sushi rolls, a bit more creative. I tried one of the pho soups another time I went in, but they dont have all that much flavour to them. There are so many other places to find good pho in this city, this not being one of them. But that being said, everything else on the menu is very fun, very tasty and picture perfect.

The other great thing about Green Tea Sushi is that they offer take out, and are open extremely late. It may not register to you to have sushi late night, but trust me it hits the spot when you’re in the snacky mood.

Green Tea doesn’t offer all-you-can-eat but the portion sizes are fair. I cant help but order the Kiss Roll – one of their gourmet roll options – and each time I try to order some spring rolls first but it ends up being too much food. I love it here, I hope you do too!

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