“Don’t dunk your nigiri in the soy sauce. Don’t mix your wasabi in the soy sauce. If the rice is good, complement your sushi chef on the rice”. – Anthony Bourdain
I love Sushi. The fist time I tried is was when I was 20 years old… but better late than never. I was hooked ever since. I just love this freshness of the fish, the taste, the soy sauce and wasabi and just feeling happy after I ate all my rolls. Not stuffed or at all bloated, just fine.
So last week my family and I had been in Canada. We love this country btw and are there as often as we can (more on that later). We booked a night at Algonquin College Residency and were very hungry when we arrived. Hungry for Sushi. My husband and I have already eaten at this Sushi Restaurant before and we loved it so we took the rest of the family there.
Hao Sushi in Ottawa, Canada.1580 Merivale Road, Ottawa, ON K2G 4B5, Canada, Phone number (613) 680-0188
Ordering by Tech:
Once you enter the restaurant you will be seated and the first thing you see is an iPad on your table. You order via this iPad and it is super easy. You click on everything you want and hit the “sent” button. Done. The waitress actually comes to your table and asks you what you want to drink as soon as you sit down. They offer everything from non-alcoholic to sake. You do not have to bring your own alcohol if you prefer to drink some during you meal.
Ambience and Style:
I describe the restaurant as okay. I would change the mirrors on the wall for example and give the place some new paint. But overall it is very clean and has this Japanese Style to it. The staff is very responsive and friendly and seating is very comfortable if you choose to sit in one of their booths. If you go there on a date it is definitely a great intimate experience. Well, we went there with two kids and it was good as well and we sat in one of the booths. My son is almost two years old and he climbed all over the place, played with the chop sticks and soy sauce and the iPad of course after we ordered which meant: WE enjoyed eating in peace. 🙂
We ordered way too much with the iPad so the waitress came and told us that we ordered Sushi for like 5-6 persons and how “big” these rolls really are. Well, then again, they do not know my husband when it comes to eating Sushi… also, I love it soooo much too but get stuffed and full way quicker than he does. 🙂 We were impressed with the food when it arrived. We ordered Ramen Soup and Edamame for Appetizer and they came quickly, literally a couple of minutes after we ordered. The rolls looked amazing, also did the Sashimi. The soups were hot and tasty and the Edamame slightly salty and crunchy. Not soggy and overcooked or slimly.
The rice tasted really good, fluffy and fresh and was not gummy or too cold which proves that they made it fresh. The toppings were all awesome, fresh and of the best quality. We had their spice tuna roll and it was just to die for. Also check out their Dragon Roll! I have to add though that the sashimi pieces were really small but very fresh!
I thought the service was great. Very helpful, especially after the waitress came to our table to let us know we ordered way too much and they do not want to waste the food. They were also very accommodating to bring the rice bowl for my son right away so I could feed him first thing.
We (3 people plus one baby who had a free bowl of plain rice) ate a lot and were really stuffed for 60 Dollars (Canadian) which is cheap!
I definitely want to go back to this place and we do every time we are in Ottawa. It is some sort of tradition at this point. This place is definitely a treat to the tastebuds and made me want to go to Japan to eat Sushi all day long – this is how fresh it felt. There is just a lot of variety when you order which is great. They have so many different roles, appetizer and other stuff that you will find something you like for sure.
This is just the place to go for great fresh sushi.
Enjoy if you are ever in this area by chance.
Thank you for reading.