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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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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