Izakaya at C'est Japon  Suisha
C'est Japon  Suisha
C'est Japon  Suisha
Izakaya at C'est Japon  Suisha
C'est Japon  Suisha
C'est Japon  Suisha
C'est Japon  Suisha
Foods from C'est Japon Suisha

2011 Jun 14
FreshFoodie, were you there late? Because amusingly, I went for the first time ever Saturday around 8:30pm til we were the last to leave, two of us sitting in the back past two groups.

We were hungry for good sushi, and I wanted to try something else than Genji. I'm happy I did. Prices are similar - on the higher side - but you do get the quality.

Yaki-gyoza: nice to see both types of gyoza, pan- and deep-pried. I had the pan-fried, and it was light, perfectly cooked, flavourful; could bite into it immediately without it burning your tongue from the meat cooked too much - an excellent start.

Vegetable tempura were thinly-coated, making for still-crisp but warm and tasty bites. Unusual inclusions were the nori sheet and the lotus flower (so my friend thinks). Also: eggplant, yay!

For authenticity, it was nice to see more than one type of natto in the appetizers.

Hamachi-maki: Yellowtail and onion roll. Nice soft flavour, the fish not too cold, pleasant, but maybe not worth the $9 price.

Eel roll: I was hoping for freshly-grilled eel like Ichibei used to do, but it also wasn't long-ago grilled but now cold - it still had some warmth. Maybe if we had been much earlier it would have been freshly-grilled? Worth a try. :) It still was quite tasty, the cucumber adding a nice crunch to the chewiness of the eel.

Philadelphia roll: My friend loves cream cheese as a roll ingredient, and this one was quite nicely done, coming in at the end of the smoked salmon and cucumber for a very nice finish.

Kamikaze roll: oh sweet lord, I nearly moaned loudly in the restaurant. Tuna, avocado, spicy mayo, rolled in tempura flakes. The meld of different textures and flavours on the tongue hit me and just wouldn't let go. I happily abdicated higher brain functions to it. Yes, it's $12 but it's a big roll and there's 8 pieces, so you get both quantity and quality. A clear winner.

We decided we had a little space left, so we split two orders of nigiris. The sea bass nigiri smelled strongly of that "fish" smell, and had some on the taste - I can't remember if I've had sea bass before and if it's supposed to taste this way. We finished with the very nice salmon nigiri which had no reproach. And yes, the rice with it was quite wonderful.

I should note I did not dip anything in soya sauce - it did not need to, having more than enough flavour on its own.

My friend had the ginger ice cream to finish, and absolutely loved it, the solid pieces not being overly ginger-sour. I had the sticky rice with red bean paste rolled in sesame (forget the actual name, and the dessert menu is not online), and it was quite interesting and fun, but difficult to cut. Not overly sweet, but also not overly salty.

I should have tried the green tea - it would not have added much to the total.

Final bill with tax and tip was $94 - definitely not cheap, but two apps, four rolls totalling 24 pieces, four nigiris and two desserts is quite a bit of food. I wasn't hungry at all, and I had not eaten anything substantial that day.

As pointed by FF, one of the combos with one side roll is probably a much better value, but if you want to splurge, this place offers the quality with a different selection than Genji, making them complementary rather than competitive.

Also, finally another Japanese restaurant with a decent and intriguing selection of cold saks. Next time, if I can be with someone with whom I can share. :)

2011 Jun 12
We visited for the first time in years last night. This is a pretty restaurant, with several dining areas, tatami rooms, interesting decor, running water, and stepping stones. The furniture is starting to look kind of old. Service was perfect -- attentive, congenial, and incredibly polite.

Green Tea had a nice toasted rice flavour and is served by the pot ($3 gets you a large pot for two).
Miso Soup was excellent, served in the typical covered lacquered bowls.
Japanese Calamari (Cuttlefish) was a seasonal special, which I expected grilled (because Ann DesBrisay had described good grilled squid at this place) and was somewhat disappointed to find it deep-fried tonkatsu style. Never mind, it was beautifully tender and got some flavour from the wasabi mayo dip.
Hiyashi Wakame was especially good, with cold seaweed and tasty sesame flavour.
Tempura was perfectly done: piping hot, crispy, delicate, and not greasy. The appetizer size gets you 3 shrimp and 3 veg.

The sushi is very good here... I'll write more under that food item.

Pictured here is the Tempura Sushi Combination. It's very good value -- especially compared to the sushi prices. $19 gets you miso soup, rice, green salad (served with a huge bowl of creamy ginger dressing), appetizer-sized tempura, 3 nigiri sushi, 2 california roll pieces, marinated bean sprouts. I love how the bento box has separate compartments for pickled ginger and soy sauce, and that the sushi was accompanied by a tiny mound of wasabi, while the tempura had a similarly tiny mound of grated daikon.

2011 Mar 30
I come here often enough, and know that it is probably the best place in Ottawa to get real Japanese food. If you order the authentic items, and the sushi, you will not be disappointed.

Highly recommended by my Japanese friends in Ottawa (probably because it is one of the few places owned by Japanese people), I have never had a bad experience at Suisha. Usually, I order the chirashi which I find to be very good and authentically prepared. The wait staff has always upheld the best in Japanese hospitality as well.

Overall, this is my favourite sushi place in Ottawa.

2009 Dec 23
On my last visit, I ordered the teriyaki special combo. I requested the beef medium rare, but it came very well done. Also, when you need to add salt to a teriyaki dish in a Japanese restaurant because the sauce is so bland that you can barely taste it, you know there are problems.

Sad, because this used to be one of my favourite restaurants in Ottawa. Not any more... there are too many good restaurants to waste anymore time and money on this place.

In any case, the sushi was amazing, as always. If I have to go back, I'll stick to that. That, and the gyoza, which was delicate and fantastic.

2008 Nov 29
This is the chirashi bowl.
I snagged bits of it and it was pretty good.

The waitresses kept offering to deep fry the rest of the shrimp.

We named him Bernard.

2008 Nov 27
I went here recently because it was recommended to us.

I wasn't crazy about it. Sure the ambience is great, but overall I wasn't impressed by the food. I have had much better in Toronto (I'm new here).

Although, I really did like this Japanese take on congee, where they pour tea over the rice and topping of your choice. I think there was dashi in the tea, since it tasted oily and salty when I tried it from the pot. Which is disappointing for a vegan, because dashi is not vegan. So I won't be having it again. :(

As for the fish, my GF and Sister were not impressed.

I'm going to be sampling from the other Sushi restaurants in town before I going back.

2008 Jun 5
Sushi quest... etc etc... you know the drill by now :)
In any case, I stopped by for a quick lunch today - I ordered a salmon skin roll and a spicy tuna roll from the a la carte menu. Both were very good. The tightness of these rolls were a little lacking though, but I was too hungry to care.
What I do like about this place is the atmosphere. It seems very cozy to me, and I will certainly return.

Nanook - re: sushi pizza, if you don't try it at Sushi Kan, try it at Genji! It's awesome!

2008 Apr 10
Every year we would go to Suisha Gardens for our anniversary. The last time was 3 years ago. It had changed so much, the event was disappointing. Our waitress took away our drinks before we finished them, the steak I ordered was not the steak on the menu. I always ordered the most tender steak they had and that last time they told me that all the steaks were the same. I asked, why then, did they have two cuts of beef. We asked to speak with the owner but she said he was gone for the night. It's really sad as it was our favourite place. We have been trying different places now and maybe we'll find something to call our special place again.

2007 Jun 22
Overall, their lunch time combos can be good. The salad, however, is rarely fresh.

2007 Jun 15
Japanese are very loyal and very supportive to their people. So, I am not surprised they go to this place instead of other Jap restaurants.

We went to this place couple years ago.

Do not recommend their Grilled squid. I rememebr that the waitress was very polite to answer our questions in English. But we had a hard time to understand what she was talking.

I haven't been back for a while. Would like to try other places instead.

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2011 Jun 12
This is stellar sushi! The rolls are small and delicate, made with rice that is both smaller and softer than usual. If you're used to the cold, almost crunchy, texture of pre-made grocery store sushi or the haphazardly assembled and variable AYCE fare, you will be delighted by the sensuality of mouth-feel available here!

California Roll was perfectly balanced in flavour and texture. Probably the best I've had anywhere.
Kamikaze Roll was very nice, with a small and welcome kick of spice.
Nigiri was as good as I would expect, but I'm not familiar with it enough to judge as I don't usually explicitly order it. My combo box came with shrimp, salmon, and some kind of whitefish. All were super mild tasting and very tender. My experience has been that "bland" is a compliment when it comes to nigiri and sashimi. ;-)

The sushi is excellent but it isn't cheap. California Roll went for $8 and the Kamikaze was $12. Yeah, my whole bento box with soup was cheaper than wifey's two rolls!! Still... you can't ignore quality, so I consider this sushi worth paying for.

2008 Nov 27
I'm vegan too. I'm afraid I wasn't impressed at all by the Sushi.

Mers you need to get out more.

Where were the classics for veggies, like tempura Sweet Potato (make sure there is no egg in the batter when you have it) and Avocado - Asparagus, Oyster Mushroom and Avocado - Sticky Fermented Bean Roll or Vegetarian Dragon Roll? Probably because these rolls most likely were developed in the new world.

The veggie sushi here was basic at best.

2007 Feb 12
As a vegan, I appreciate an interesting selection of veggie sushi (asparagus, seaweed, tofu...), but wow, the price! If you want good veggie sushi and don't mind shelling out, this is the place for you.

Izakaya 1


2016 Aug 4
C'est Japon Suisha now has a lunch and dinner izakaya menu option. I tried the lunch izayaka bento box.

It contained 2 fairly big wagyu ground beef croquettes, a salmon and cucumber roll, cold soba noodles, a green salad and red bean mochi.

2012 Dec 11
Suisha is doing another Izakaya night for New Year's Eve.

Spread the word.

2012 May 30
With several other Ottawa Foodies folks, I attended the first-ever Izakaya event here. The experience was excellent overall and everyone I spoke to was very happy to have been part of it.

The focus of Izakaya is on small tapas-like sharing plates and sake. There was a large selection (30+) of small plates to choose from, ranging in price from $4 to $15. Portions were ideal for two people to share, so we asked for a knife and tasted tiny morsels of everything at our table of five. This worked quite well.

The food quality, preparation, and presentation was up to C'est Japon Suisha's usual high standard. Service was absolutely stellar, with Liz expertly juggling our various food and drink requests and seemingly even reading our minds when we wanted to change a small Sapporo order to a large.

Highly recommended!

For reference, and possibly for future announcements of Izakaya events: www.japaninottawa.com/izakaya/



2008 Nov 27
Our table ordered the tempura. A very tiny amount for the price and it wasn't even hot. Seems like it popped out of the fryer 20 minutes earlier.

2007 Aug 23
I had the tempura here and wasn't a fan. I found it limp and soggy. Not crispy at all.