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2011 Jul 20
My family love this restaurant, we go for all major occasions, and love how consistent it is! Yes its very old, and could definitely use some upgrading...but nothing beats the ginger sauce! The Salad dressing, ginger sauce and steak sauce are all amazing. I highly recommend this restaurant for the teppanyaki entertainment as well as the sauces which you can buy and bring home bottled!
tip:put some of your ginger sauce on your rice! Yummy!
2011 Feb 21
a coat check outside the restaurant, in the lobby across the elevators, which allows coats to escape the oil residues.
Lunch has smaller portions, but also smaller prices. I've only had lunch there once, but I believe dinner portions, prices and time taken are all about 50% more.
All teppanyakis I've been to in US and Ontario/Montreal have used onions, zucchini and mushrooms as veggies. I agree more variety would be nice.
I don't know what it says that meal prices and menus have not changed in the 5+ years I've been there - and the menus already looked battered from use then. Only a few drinks have new price stickers.
2011 Feb 21
On Friday four colleagues and I went to Japanese village for lunch. I have been to similar restaurants before but this was my first time at Japanese village. One of my friends had suggested leaving our coats at the office because Japanese village leaves you smelling like oil. I am glad took the advice, all of my clothes smelt like I had been working in a poutine shack.
Please don't mind the creeper in the turtle neck. It's part of the fun of this place, rando's sometimes end up in your party. This time it was particularly awkward. Oh well - like I said, it is part of the 'fun'.
2011 Feb 21
For lunch my party ordered a pretty varied cross section of menu items. Between all of us there were different combinations of beef, chicken, shrimp, and salmon, served with rice, vegetables (zucchini, onion, sprouts) and sauced up to perfection.
Before the friendly and funny chef arrived at our table, we were all given a nice salad with miso dressing to start. The dressing on the salad is especially delicious, but the overall portion was small.
2011 Feb 21
The finished product (I ordered chicken and shrimp) was very tasty. It was piping hot, full of teriyaki, soy and ginger flavour and a fair price. I have had much better Japanese food at similar places, but Japanese village is very tasty. I would like to have seen more colour in the sautéed vegetables such as some red and green pepper, but this is more an aesthetic suggestion.
My whole party was in and out of the restaurant in under an hour. We all ordered a Sake with our lunches. The sake and teriyaki plus tip comes in under 20 dollars. I think that is a great bargain since it is a fun experience, the chef cracked a whole bunch of hilarious jokes, we all enjoyed a nice post-sake Friday afternoon, and the food was tasty and plentiful. Just bring a change of clothes if you are dressed-up.
2009 Feb 10
I've been a regular at this teppenyaki for a few years now, and I've tried the other two teppan places in town that I know of (Edoko on Queen, Shogun on Carling) twice to compare. It's now the only teppan I'll go to, despite its minuses.
It's probably very sedate compared to most teppans and even to its own history - I have distinct memories of Japanese Village television ads in the 80s with chefs shown juggling salt/pepper shakers and being quite more enthusiastic. By now the place is kind of quiet, the decor has not changed and is a little tired for it (the carpeting could absolutely use a replacement if nothing else), but the food preparation is where it shines in comparison. (I'll do a writeup or Edoko and Shogun seperately for details.)
There is a difference between lunch and dinner; lunch is smaller portions, fewer options and is meant to provide a quick meal with lots of turnover. (I don't know if J00clown had lunch or not, but it seems probable.) Dinner is more sedate, has good portions and you can take your time eating if there's some slack in attendance. If you go on the ultra-busy Friday and Saturday nights' 6-8pm shifts, you may get your bill quickly as a sign that another reservation is waiting to be served, with all tables taken. I usually go on other nights, or later on those nights. As a single person, they always find me a space without making a reservation.
The full meal is a little unusual in that it doesn't include dessert, like several other teppan places I've tried(Ottawa/Toronto/US). They also don't do any fancy fried rice at the table - it's white rice in a bowl from the kitchen. (But you can ask for more rice for free.) The "shabu shabu" soup is a usually flavourful mushroom broth with a few slices of mushrooms. (The intensity changes, I figured by whether it's the beginning or bottom of a cauldron simmering for a while.) The salad is just some lettuce, bits of onions, mushrooms and a tomato slice, but it's definitely enhanced by their addictive ginger sauce.
This is a steak place, and it's where they shine; but other ingredients are also good. They get their salmon from Lapointe each morning, and all their tiger shrimp are hand-shelled every day.
This is the only place I've seen that uses the fire aspect _intelligently_: no stupid onion volcano here. The fire is used to _flambé the shrimp_ making them oh, oh so good and tasty. I honestly did not like shrimp - until I had them at this Japanese Village.
Unlike some other teppans, they cook each steak individually; unlike all other teppans I've been to, when the chef feels it's ready, they provide one testing square and bring the rest on the outside of the grill so it is kept warm but doesn't continue cooking, instead of dumping it on your plate. As I like mine close to well done, only occasionally have I had to ask to continue cooking - and never has it been overcooked.
It is also the teppan I've seen which uses the least cooking oil. One small bit to start, some added to flambé around the shrimp (then immediately scraped off), and some in the bean sprouts at the end; and whenever they have finished with one portion, they scrape the oil and sauces off the gril so it doesn't accumulate. This makes for a remarkably lighter meal than other teppans (*cough*Edoko*cough*) where the side sauce is useless as everything already swims in teriyaki and other sauces in your plate. Here, you use sauces as you want to dip or not, making the food taste much more like itself.
They also have the best spring roll I've had, anywhere, period. Lightly fried, all ingredients shredded to yummy filaments, tastes mixing wonderfully.
Sushi is fine, but nothing great; but more than just edible. It doesn't taste "cold" instead of fish.
They can do some allergy accomodation, such as cooking shrimp last to not contaminate the meat. Tell the chef.
Prices without wine/sake or dessert are $30-40 counting taxes/tips.
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2008 Jan 13
i thought that place was very expensive for the amount of food ive ordered some fish that sounded good it came as a tiny square with some rice.
came up to 32$ i ate and left and felt ripped off
2006 Nov 22
I ate here for dinner today before a trip to the theatre and was fairly impressed. It was a bit slow when I arrived and I had to agonize over the menu. Everything looked good. Expensive, too. But that's to be expected from a Japanese place in downtown Ottawa. Or maybe that's just the student in me talking. My meal came to just under $30 without booze or appetizer, but with desert of green tea icecream (very nice) and I didn't grudge them it.
The service was nice, as was the atmosphere. The tenpanyaki for the others at my table was artfully done. All in all a pleasent meal.
2006 Sep 26
They have sister restaurants in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Victoria. Never been to the Ottawa location, but the Victoria spot is a favourite for lunch. You get a tasty salad, a knife show, fresh teppanyaki'd chicken, shrimp or beef and veggies and all you can eat rice... all for under $10 (Victoria location: lunch only)
It's really all about the steak sauce, however. This wonderful condiment is offered to soak your rice and harden your arteries. I don't know what's in it, but I'll bet you butter or cream or both figure into it. Savoury success!!
2006 Nov 22
I had the BBQ eel today for dinner at this restaurant. It was very good, not over-cooked and well seasoned. The soup it came with was a little bland and only had a couple slivers of button mushrooms floating in it, but the salad was nice with a pleasant dressing.
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