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2008 Jun 30
We loved Genji for the last couple of years. But the last two to three times we were there, a few of our all-time favourite items were quite disappointing.

Now we have to search for our new favourite Japanese restaurant in town. Any suggestions?

2008 Jun 9
Went to Genji tonight with high hopes, but was pretty disapointed. Have not had alot of sushi around ottawa, but was not pleased with what we got for the price. Ive had better around town for sure. I wont go to far into detail other than the fact that the service was cold, food was average and the bill was alot!

2007 Oct 25
I've been on an "eating out" kick lately, so last night I stopped in to Genji for some takeout. I had the dynamite roll and a spicy salmon roll, each of which was equally delicious. It's a quick, relatively inexpensive way to get my sushi fix without having to sit in a restaurant and wait.

2007 Oct 22
Also a little late in posting this review. I went for dinner to Genji with the girls last Tuesday October 16th.
I have been here once for lunch over a year ago and have been dying to go back based on the reviews on this site.
First of all, loved the dividers. When I went there weren't any and you felt very exposed. This is much better.
The service this time was just as good as when I went for lunch. Polite, efficient and professional.

Because of various allergies and food dislikes, we each got our own sushi instead of sharing.

I started with the gyoza (dumplings). I ate these everyday when I was in Japan and could not get enough of them. These were very good.

I ordered three types of sushi (x 6 rolls) so 18 pieces. It was way too much and I had to bring 6 home with me but that's ok because I brought them for lunch the next day :)

My three choices were:
1. M10 Tempura - tempura fried tiger shrimp, cucumber and lettuce, with Genji sauce
2. M26 Spicy Tuna Tempura - tuna roll with Genji sauce, lightly tempura fried
3. M27 Spider Roll - crispy chesapeake soft shell crab, asparagus and Genji sauce

All three rolls were delicious and the presentation was beautiful.
I loved how the tuna roll was tempura on the outside - the whole roll. It made it slightly crispy and easier to bite.
I have wanted to try soft shell crab ever since I saw Curtis make it on Take Home Chef and it was really delicious. Weird to eat the shell at first but just a mental block :)

My bill for the gyoza, three types of rolls and two glasses of Pinot Grigio was $65 including tax and tip.

I was very impressed with Genji and will go back again soon I hope!

2007 Aug 9
Got takeout from Genji tonight. Spicy tuna maki, sweet potato maki (thanks to Ashley's recommendation!), and shake (salmon) nigiri. Everything was WONDERFUL. I was surprised that I got such fabulous quality in a plastic takeout container! Definitely will be back here. Although unlike some others I did not notice that much difference from Wasabi - maybe the service was a little friendlier (from my very limited contact with such).

2007 Jul 3
you have my vote on this place....

2007 Jul 3
Genji also got 4.5 star rating (out of 5) by Ottawa Magazine (in the July/August issue).

The review was pretty interesting. Have any foodies here read it (in addition to the review on Domus)?

2007 May 31
Thumbs up for Genji again for a lovely lunch with a friend a couple of weeks ago. It was her first visit and we both had the tempura (can't stay away from the stuff!!). The meal was good without being too plentiful for lunch.

Nice additions to the decor with more screens in between tables for privacy. Nice touch!

2007 May 26
After a decade in California and some definitional sushi, my wife and I have been uniformly disappointed by what we have encountered in Ontario, particularly our current hometown of Kingston (a wasteland for Japanese). Great then to find a good source in Ottawa.

Genji was a happy find for us. The fish was fresh and of excellent quality, there were a number of interesting variations that were well-conceived rather than merely bold or trendy, and the atmosphere was good. The dry-fried tofu rolled in bonito flakes was absolutely amazing -- deep and sensuous. I ordered the Medusa tempura appetizer (a rare move for me, as I love sushi so much) and found it very good but also filling (why I avoid the stuff).

Very goood experience all around.

2007 May 25
My colleauge from States came to Ottawa for training. After work, I volunteered myself to take her out to do some sightseeing in downtown Ottawa (Parliament Hill, Museum of Civilization). In fact, I wanted to take this opportunity to have some fun for myself after work (Ha ha, my hubby and my boys ordered take-out from Fortune Express).

Since my colleauge went to Green Papaya (on Queen) for dinner the night before (close to Marriott), I asked her to choose from Chinese food, Japanese food, or French cuisine. She told me that she never ate sushi before. So, I took her to Genji Japanese Restaurant to try some Japanese food.

I recommended her to try Set Dinner A ($24.95) so that she can taste a variety of food other than sushi. This was a mistake since I forgot that it is too much food for us (I think my colleauge is 5'4" tall and weighs less than 110 pounds.)

Last time my family ordered Set Dinner, I shared with my husband and I ordered sushi or noodles instead. This time I had Set Dinner all for myself. Not only my colleague didn't have room to consume all the food, I myself had trouble to finsih all the food. So, ladies, although it is a good value, I don't recommend that you order Set Dinner A unless you share with your friends. At the end, I didn't feel like eating dessert any more.

Make sure you drink hot green tea and not cold water. My experience led me to believe that cold water does not go well with deep-fried food.

Forgot to mention that Set Dinner is served with miso soup and lettuce salad with ginger salad dressing. I hope that Genji has an option for customers to pay additional few bucks for other Greens instead. Lettuce salad is just too boring to start a good meal!

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2015 Dec 17
My friend ordered from the sushi menu and had a tuna roll, a hand roll with white tuna and a mango roll. She said everything was lovely, in particular the hand roll.

2010 Aug 17
The Sushi is fresh and tasty, but a little expensive. I have had better sushi for much less. Here are some pictures!

2010 Mar 17
That's too bad. I find the food affordable and very tasty. I only go there for lunch, though, when you can order a sashimi platter for $16-$17, including miso soup, salad and a small bowl of rice.
Can't beat it.

2009 Nov 27
I went to Genji expecting the best sushi in town, I was disappointed. Almost all five rolls we had were terrible. The sushi was good, although each piece was too big. Way over priced and I hate to say it, only has better presentation than an AYCE sushi restaurant. They're also slow!

2009 Jan 14
"I'm looking for a good sushi place that allows patrons to sit up close to an open-concept kitchen area and chat with the chef."

MHK on Merivale has a central kitchen that is open to the patrons. There are a few seats right up in front of them, but not too many - most people sit at tables like a more traditional restaurant. But when I've gone solo I sit in front of them and the chefs will chat with you.

2009 Jan 14
I'm looking for a good sushi place that allows patrons to sit up close to an open-concept kitchen area and chat with the chef. I went to a great place in Vancouver like this -- not only had AMAZING sushi, and not too $$, but the place absolutely buzzing because it encouraged this sort of thing.

Is Genji the place for this in Ottawa??

2008 Jun 22
My elder son just returned home from his party tonight and brought me a box of sushi from Genji. This was a nice treat to mom! I ate one piece and my husband ate 2 pieces before I remember to take this photo. Yum!

2007 Jul 26

Genji so far is the most consitent sushi place I've been to in Ottawa. It's fresh and the flavours are pretty close to the real deal. The rice can be a bit vineagary sometimes though.

Sushi is definitely Genji's strength although the Unagi on Rice and the Tempural Udon is quite good. Opt for the buck wheat noodles if you want the extra earthiness of the wheat.

A tip I got from a Japanese friend is to check if the sushi rice is soft. Most Japanese places will take extra care to ensure this and non Japanese usually do not. He's been right everytime so far in this and more often than not softer rice has led to better quality in overall preparation.

2007 Jul 3
my test for sushi is to order Toro, then Uni, but when they don't have fresh tai.... I start to wonder...

The night I was there they only had Maguro, Himachi and Saki.... By the way, Salmon is a recent western phenom for sushi as in teppanyaki....

the sushi chef/cooks are chinese.... sorry I wouldn't try fugoo here....

on the positive side this is a great value restaurant for the price of what you get in terms of their package dinners, miso soup is good, hot stuff not bad... but fish is not good... I had their seared tuna, which sucked....

presentation great, service great, prices great... but not raw fish... or even slightly cooked fish... think the fish is just not fresh enough....something to do with the chefs....

2007 May 25
We were supposed to have either tekka (tuna) or shake (salmon) maki from Set Dinner A. But they allowed us to substitute Sweet Potato maki for their menu's maki (sweet potato maki is my favourite).

The photo was a bit blurry since I forgot to use the macro funtion from my camera.

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2007 May 25
This is the shrimp & vegetable tempura (part of Set Dinner A). Two shrimps, one slice of sweet potato, one slice of zucchini and one slice of eggplant. Very cripy batter! However, after the sweet potato sushi and this dish of tempura, my stomach was already full at this point.

2006 Nov 15
The vegetable tempura here was among the better I've had. The batter was really light and crispy, the vegetables were great; all around thoroughly tasty. It came with a good whack of enoki mushrooms, which turn out to be delicious tempura-ed. Notably un-greasy. I was very happy to find it still quite crisp and, well, tasty when I was nearing the end of the plate and it wasn't quite so hot.

Not the cheapest, at about $16, but that was a full dinner with rice, salad, and soup, too. I wish they had a little appetizer plate, but, then, their salad and soups were excellent -- genuine appetizers, nothing like the big plates of heavy blah found under "appetizers" on a lot of menus these days.

2006 Sep 9
The most succulent and moist shrimp tempura I've had. Not quite as flavourful as some (e.g. Takara) but so juicy I didn't mind.



2010 Aug 17
Green Tea icecream is always a must, not matter where you eat sushi!
This one was excellent!

2006 Sep 24
Try their fried banana with ice cream (aka FBI). Very yummy dessert. Suggest that you ask for Lichee Ice cream instead of vanilla.



2007 May 25
This is the Salmon Teriyaki from their Set Dinner A. By the time I had this dish, I was very full that I didn't enjoy this dish that much any more. (I should have brought my husband!)

NB. My colleague also told me that she had no room to eat her chicken teriyaki. So, we asked the server to put her chicken teriyaki for me to take home and it became my son's after dinner snack!



2006 Oct 28
I found the edamame here to be good, but those loving lots of salt may be disappointed: it was served relatively plain, salted minimally. (Consider it edamame for the hypertensive!) A good-sized portion, enough for two, is $3.95 -- very reasonable.



2009 Jun 24
I had the beef ramen noodle soup and I was so happy to finally get to taste this egg noodle because I have been looking for it ever since I saw that stupid movie "The Ramen Girl"! I know I have nothing to compare it to, but the noodles were thick and a little chewy, which I liked. The broth was flavorful and the beef was so tender. They also put sprouts in. The portion was perfect - not outrageously big but big enough to fill up this hungry lady. I think the soup cost $9.95 which is quite reasonable.

I asked the waitress if the noodles were made fresh there and she said that she thought they were packaged. But then she went to go ask the cook and he said the noodles were made on-site but then they were frozen. Either way, they were freaking excellent.

2006 Oct 28
Excellent Nabeyaki Udon here as well. Make sure you don't burn your tongue. It is very hot (temperature hot)!!!!

2006 Oct 28
Excellent soba here -- good flavour and texture, served in a broth with just the right amount of saltiness.



2015 Dec 17
The lunch sashimi plate. It was very fresh and each piece was big. It was served with a miso soup, a salad and a bowl of rice. A good deal and a lot of quality for $18. Service was very friendly although the waitress didn't check much on us after the mains were served.

2007 Jan 2
Here is the shake (i.e., salmon) sashimi my friend had.

I recommend that you sit at the sushi bar so that you can talk to the sushi chef. This is part of the fun.



2006 Nov 20
Tried their lunch special (curry pork with rice). Very delicious. Finished my lunch within an hour and my tummy felt great!

NB: Photo by Genji upon my request. Thanks!



2007 May 25
Yaki-Tori was one of the food items from Set Dinner A. Yummy food! (Too bad that the photo was over-exposed.)