Variety of Asian. Including Pho Soups, Thai inspired stir fries, and sushi.

Pho Thi Fusion
Pho Thi Fusion
Pho Thi Fusion
Pho Thi Fusion
Pho Thi Fusion
Pho Thi Fusion
Pho Thi Fusion
Pho Thi Fusion
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Stir Fry at Pho Thi Fusion
Stir Fry at Pho Thi Fusion
Pho Thi Fusion
Gỏi Cuốn (Summer Roll) at Pho Thi Fusion
Spring Rolls at Pho Thi Fusion
Foods from Pho Thi Fusion
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2009 Aug 28
I've heard that comment made from other people who have eaten at Pho Thi Fusion, actually: the plating varies with the whims of the staff, the phase of the moon, and/or minute fluctuations in barometric pressure ;)

2009 Aug 27
Interesting... the plating is so different between the two times you went.

2009 Aug 27
pizza is like sex? wawazat? pizza is always good. sushi pizza 1.0 made with crispy sushi rice, tuna, salmon, butter fish and three color tobiko with spicy aioli @ pho thi fushion. nice app while waiting for showtime at barrhaven cineplex.

2009 Aug 27
pizza is like sex? wawazat? pizza is always good. sushi pizza 2.0 made with crispy sushi rice, tuna, salmon, butter fish and three color tobiko with spicy aioli @ pho thi fushion. nice app while waiting for showtime at barrhaven cineplex.

2009 Mar 21

Pho Thi Fusion has been in Barrhaven for quite awhile now… and this is a true fusion restaurant offering a variety of Asian cuisines.

Our first visit was back in February (we’ve been twice now). Like so many other restaurants in Barrhaven, this one hides out in an otherwise non-descript strip mall, this one near the Barrhaven Cinema.

As much as the outside is boring, the interior is welcoming and modern. The restaurant is quite small, and the majority of tables are for 2 or 4 people, the room seems more spacious than it is thru the strategic placement of mirrors. The décor has an abundance of wood and interesting lighting fixtures.

On our first visit, we came without reservations, but were quickly seated at the bar… we were told we could order a drink and wait for a table, or we could eat at the bar if we chose. As we were overlooking the Sushi Station, we decided to stay put and watch and learn.

“The Man” and I are both sushi fans… I a more recent newcomer. It was fantastic to be able to talk to one of the sushi makers and learn about the various types of fish and sushi up close. Besides the standard California, Cucumber, Avocado and Spicy Rolls, they offer 16 different types of Fish or Seafood.

As we are highly into “sharing plates” these days, on both our visits we ordered a variety of items and split them up between ourselves. On our first visit we started with a Sushi order of California Roll and Salmon Roll… the server came back a short while later to confirm that our Salmon Roll was not a Spicy Salmon Roll... oddly enough when our plate of Sushi arrived we discovered the California Roll (as ordered) and a Tuna Roll. We had a chuckle, and didn’t complain (because we love most types of Sushi) shrugged it off and ate what had been presented. The Sushi was excellent… very fresh and tasty. And a good value at $ 13.00 for 16 pieces (this combo).

Next up was the Shrimp Spring Rolls (2 pieces for $ 5.25)... Fresh Foodie has also reviewed these here previously (with a photo). They were yummy and interestingly presented in a martini glass with dipping sauce.

On our first visit we shared a Main of Chicken Pad Thai ($ 13.95)… good thing that we had decided to only go with one main dish because the serving was quite large.

Our second visit was much like our first, this time we began with the California Roll Sushi and a Salmon Roll (this time they got our order right). The Sushi was delicious.

The appy this time round was the Yaki Tori – Grilled Chicken Skewers with Terriyaki Sauce, very tasty and inexpensive at $ 6.50

Following the knowledge gained from our first visit, we again went with one Main dish, this time the BBQ Pork Soy Sauce ($ 13.95). This dish featured garlic roasted over a high flame wok tossed with vegetables, bean sprouts and noodles of our choice (Rice or Egg)… we went with the Rice Noodles. This main was delicious… overall I probably enjoyed this one even more so than the Chicken Pad Thai that we had had on our first visit.

On both occasions we complimented our meals with a Deaken Australian Sauvignon Blanc, a nice light crisp wine to off set the delicate flavours of the Sushi and yet it held it’s own with the Fusion Plates. The one “weird” thing is that they feature a whole lot of Wolf Blass wines… and not much else… I’m guessing that they are getting an exceptional deal from their wine merchant. To be truthful though, they really need to expand their wine horizons.

The service was excellent, and although there is one primary server per table, others tend to pitch in when it comes to pouring wine, clearing plates, and bringing out dishes when they are ready (a bonus because everything arrives hot). This small oasis seems to be very very busy, especially on the weekend, so reservations are recommended. The good news is that almost their entire Regular Menu is available as take-out (including Sushi)… a very nice feature.

2008 Nov 24
Went for dinner with friends after a movie on Saturday night. We sat down to eat a little before 9pm. The place was still packed.

The restaurant is very nice inside and we thoroughly enjoyed our meals. I had summer rolls to start, and then chicken pad thai. It was all delicious and very generous portion sizes.

My only complaint was that we really wanted dessert (wanted to try the banana spring rolls). But we weren't offered any... as soon as we were done our mains the server just brought the bills... I guess because it was 10pm by then and they wanted to go home??

2008 Aug 4
I went here today with my good friend and we were both extremely unsatisfied.

First of all I must say that I have experience in REAL Vietnamese restaurants. I've been to a few in Chinatown. Unless you've had a real experience, you would never know better. You wouldn't know how wrong this place is. And I think that's what the owner is banking on. Your ignorance. Let us begin.

As soon as you walk in to Pho Thi it's nothing like a real Viet restaurant. It's artsy and feels stuck-up. They play elevator music. I don't know about you, but if I walk into a cultural restaurant I want to feel that culture right away. I want to feel like I've stepped out of Ottawa and into whatever land the food originates from. That did not happen here. We still sat down. As soon as I saw the horrendous prices on the menu, I wanted to leave, but my friend didn't want to walk out after sitting down. Typically, a Vietnamese restaurant is very affordable, even cheap.

There were no condiments on the table. No hoisin sauce, hot pepper sauce, fish sauce, salt or pepper... no forks, knives or napkins and only 4 chopsticks as if they couldn't take the time to replace them. This is not a common set up for a Vietnamese restaurant.

We had to pay for tea. Usually tea is free.

The shrimp spring roll: nice presentation, but tastes boring. They worked too hard on presentation and not so hard on quality. I've had MUCH better.

Thai curry beef with rice: So spicy I could hardly finish it and wasn't very tasty. The beef tasted undercooked and the veggies were just basically pepper and onion. I could make better at home.

Beef soup: Quite expensive. Taste good but they didn't bring the lil plate of veggies that you commonly get with soup. We noticed that they brought the veggies to other people who ordered the soup. Just not us. (she is Cambodian, maybe that has something to do with it?) She was still hungry after finishing the soup.

We had to wait 15mins for the bill and there were only 3 tables plus 2 tables outside. Then we had to wait another 10 min once we had the bills cause I had to pay by debit and they just left us standing there at the cash register as they rushed past us to serve the outside people. (I was beginning to think the meal was free.)

When my friend paid, they never offered her the change. Granted, it was only 70 cents change but still... that's her change and the proper thing to do is to say "I will get your change now", right? They decided to tip themselves from her change! They didn't say thanks after I paid so I did not give them a tip. I wasn't planning on giving a tip anyway.

I would not recommend this place at all if you are looking for an authentic experience. However, if you are rich and love to waste your money on pretty things rather than quality things, then this is definitely the place for you! Don't get me wrong, the food is not bad but they are very stingy with it! We usually get a LOT more for our dollar.

I am so extremely disappointed and sorry to my friend for making her experience this crappy place with me.


2008 Jul 24
Went for dinner here on Sunday night for the third or fourth time since it opened and again the food was very good. I seem to be stuck on the pad thai here now and have trouble ordering anything else even though when it comes out of the kitchen, everything looks pretty tasty.

I find the customer service in here not necessarily bad, just a little odd. Nobody seems overly friendly or wanting to serve you, but perhaps this is just my interpretation.

Overall, a good restaurant for Barrhaven to have.

2008 Apr 10
Went to the Pho Thi Fusion in Barrhaven with wife and friends recently, ordered the pad thai for myself, my wife and friends had sushi... very pleasantly surprised by such an up scale and classy establishment in Barrhaven... the chief chef in the kitchen is a culinary master as is the sushi chef out front, waitresses all very courteous... can't wait to go back, well worth the price... 5 stars!!!

2007 May 16
i want a perfect body, i want a perfect soul.

starts with clean eating. @ p h o th i fusion for tom yum on noodles, chicken and shrimp vermicelli bowl, and chicken and shrimp black bean on thick rice noodles. out of all the pho places in ottawa, this one has the best presentation and clean taste; however, the meat portions on the dishes are marginal. the washrooms and kitchen were immaculate -- hallmarks of a good restaurant and more sanitary side of food prep.

funnily enough of note: the side of the royal classic plates may dwarf the table tops.

pictured: chicken and shrimp vermicelli bowl.

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2007 Jan 28
The pho was very similar to the one I've had at Pho Thi on Merivale (good!), with maybe a little more depth to the broth. I had the chicken broth soup with chicken and shrimp. Accompaniments were as usual.

They only have two sizes here -- small and medium. Sucks for me because I like to have a large.



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2007 May 16
tom yum on noodles. it was alright. when it comes to thai, i find most asian fusion restaurants dumb down authentic thai flavors in a mish mash to please the masses. the connoisseurs are still left to look for something a little more.

2007 May 16
my personal fave at this joint - the black bean noodle dishes. it has the zing. as pictured with beef and shrimp. again, meat portions were small.

2007 Jan 28
Wifey had the "lemon grass beef" wok. It comes with a choice of rice or noodles and is extremely tasty. The lemon grass and galangal/ginger flavours are prominent and there is a decent hit of spice. The meat had a bit of a "reheated" texture, almost as if they'd julienned a well-done roast and tossed the pieces with amazing sauce. The dish was very good but would be improved with less-cooked beef.




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2009 Mar 20
This week’s discussion of bad Sushi at Loblaw’s unfortunately reminded me of the sushi-less dry spell that Barrhavenites have endured for years… fortunately, Pho Thi Fusion - Pho Thi Fusion has rectified that wrong!

“The Man” and I are both sushi fans… I a more recent newcomer. On a recent visit we sat at the Sushi Bar and were able to talk to those making the sushi. The sushi bar features a refrigerated display case where the fish is both chilled and visible, and we were pleased with the obvious cleanliness and preservation of the raw fish. The Sushi Chef taught us about the various types of fish and seafood used. Besides the standard California, Cucumber, Avocado and Spicy Rolls, they offer 16 different types of Fish or Seafood including - Egg, Tofu, Mackerel, Surf Clam, Crabstick, Salmon, Shrimp, Snapper, Sea Bass, Butter Fish, Flying Fish, Tuna, BBQ Eel, Scallop, Cuttle Fish and Yellow Tail.

Besides eating off the Regular Menu a variety of items (Restaurant Review to follow) we have enjoyed as appetizers several of the sushi items. We have found the prices quite reasonable and todate have tried the California Roll ($ 6.50 for 8 pcs), Tuna ($ 6.50 for 8 pcs) and Salmon ($ 5.50 for 8 pcs).

Although we have only recently discovered this Barrhaven gem, we are very happy with the quality of food and plan to return often… and we are also excited to know we can call ahead, and do take out from the Regular Menu (including sushi) so our days of bad Loblaw’s sushi will remain FOREVER behind us.



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2009 Mar 21
We had the Shrimp Spring Rolls on our first visit... they were very yummy. And as Fresh Foodie has illustrated with his photo, the presentation in a martini glass is really neat. We noticed that this appetizer is very popular... there were a lot of them being distributed the night we were there.

Consequently, I got to thinking that because this restaurant also serves a variety of fancy cocktails, that they must go thru a lot of martini glasses in an evening.

2007 Jan 28
As you can see, presentation is nifty -- using a martini glass for these guys. They weren't piping hot but they were delicious!




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2007 Jan 28
The fresh spring rolls were very tasty, as was the accompanying peanut garlic dipping sauce (not shown). Our only complaint was that the rice paper had the very slight toughness that indicates they were probably made ahead of time. We've had tougher ones at other places though, so we're just trying to be picky here. They certainly ranked up with those found on Somerset.

The sweet pickled red onion garnish was good too!