641 Somerset West (near Bronson)
613-321-3669 closed Mondays
Specializing in Northern Chinese food, including Sichuan (Szechwan)
Grilled foods in evening
Spicy soups
Salt & pepper pork and seafood
Broad selection of dishes not found in Cantonese restaurants
Takeout available

ju xiang yuan
Foods from ju xiang yuan

Comments

Feb 6
I forgot to post a few months back when I went and noticed that they have new menus. I was there last night and figured I'd post. No more thick binders. The offerings are still extensive but not as much of a novelette as before.

We ate BBQ squid, BBQ squid fingers, BBQ chicken hearts and an order of Shredded Pork with Garlic Sauce with a side of plain rice. Everything tasted wonderful and I am already craving it again.

Did a web search and I think this may be their current menu (or at least the take out portion) www.clickmyroll.ca

2013 Apr 30
Ju Xiang Yuan is open again! Whatever renovations they did must have been behind the scenes, because the restaurant looks exactly as it did before, falling-apart red binder menus and all.

2013 Feb 18
If anyone finds out IF/when they are re-opening please post any/all information here. Thanks. *sigh* I did drop by for Chinese New Year was disappointed. Was looking forward to having my birthday meal there and wasn't able to. *sigh* I have a wicked craving for a few of their dishes especially the BBQ squid.

2013 Feb 11
They had a kitchen fire over the weekend: www.ottawacitizen.com

2012 Mar 17

2012 Mar 17
Hi hipfunkyfur ....

I'm afraid I just posed another link to another place before reading your comment here. I *did* in that case say just a few more words but in future I will certainly give a bit more of a detailed intro...

And yes, I do only get to Ottawa occasionally but I will be visiting next week and have a big list of places I want to try :)

Ciao

2012 Mar 17
Sybaritica - As a courtesy, instead of directing people to your blog, can you post a shorter version of your review and then offer a link if anyone is interested in more details? The thumbs down are because you just put the blog link and nothing else.

To be fair, Sybaritica probably didn't realize how it was done and from his blog it sounds like he only makes it into the city a few times a year (he lives up north).

2012 Mar 16
I gave this restaurant 4 stars ....

Please see my full review at:

sybaritica.me

2012 Feb 16
Newest review from Anne Desbrisay:
www.ottawacitizen.com

It's funny because the "cold plate of poached chicken in peanut sauce" that she did not enjoy is one of my favourite dishes at the restaurant. As well, pig intestines stir-fried with chilies is a dish I constantly dream about (I'll admit, it's not for everyone!)

I'm not one in favour of the new renovations though - call me picky, but I prefer a bustling Chinese restaurant to feel warm and well, bustling. The new renos make it feel cold, stark and uncomfortable. Not that it will stop me from stopping by though!

Unfortunately, when I DID stop by yesterday, they were closed unexpectedly due to equipment malfunction - hopefully they will be up and running again before long!

2012 Feb 4
I finally made my way back to check out the renovations and of course eat some good non-Western style Chinese food.

Not being able to eat here without ordering the bread soup, I fell to old habits and ordered it again. Fortunately, the bowl was large enough for two full servings for two people with enough left over to take home. Despite the fact that it is middle of winter, I also ordered marinated cucumbers to remind myself that at some point the cool, refreshing crispness of this dish will be necessary to fight off the summer heat.

The first main was eggplant and shredded pork with garlic sauce. Even though it is supposed to be spicy, my mouth didn't even tinge in protest but that was quickly solved by asking for some chili oil. Either way, it was very tasty and came as a generous portion. The second main was sizzling Sichuan beef. Again, the promised heat was subdued but that didn't detract from its excellent flavour.

The service must have been a bit off because we also ordered snow pea tips stir-fried with garlic and the waitress only noticed that we didn't get it when we asked for the bill. Fortunately it was no loss because we were stuffed from all the other food.

Next time I go I'll have to find a group of people with whom to eat because two people aren't enough to order soup, skewers, dumplings (written in Mandarin on a whiteboard - don't be afraid to ask for translations, the worst that can happen is you'll hear about someone you might want to try) greens and main dishes.

I must confess I'm a bit conflicted about their renovations. The place has a clean look about it, but the plants are all gone and I find it a bit cold. But again, I went there for the food so I won't let a little thing like decor get in the way of a good meal.

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