Location: 1900 Innes Road, Ottawa, ON
Although I didn’t have much hope for good sushi in Ottawa (after my horrid visit to Yummy Sushi and border-line-acceptable experience at Hockey Sushi) , I decided to give Sushi Kan a try. Browsing through Urbanspoon.com it didn’t receive a lot of rave reviews, but seemed that it would at least satisfy my intense sushi craving.
I arrived about 7PM on a Saturday Night and the restaurant was pretty packed, but still had a few tables available so we were seated right away. The interior of Sushi Kan is a bit cheesy with hanging lanterns and yet a Chinese diner seating arrangement. Not to complain, since the booths were comfortable and I was there for the food! The first positive I noticed about Sushi Kan was the excellent service. Unlike Hockey Sushi, they were friendly and quick to bring up you’re orders. Maybe it’s about the restaurant’s process of serving, but Sushi Kan brought the Fresh dishes (i.e. Sashimi, Nigiri Sushi and etc.) first and quickly. In comparison, Hockey Sushi piles on the cooked dishes in the beginning and makes you wait an excruciatingly long time for the Sushi and Sashimi. But what impressed me even more was the wide selection of choices on the menu!
Without a doubt, the Sashimi was a lot more fresh than the other ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT joints I’ve been to in Ottawa. The Salmon Sashimi was a nice redish orange with a slight fatty flavor. While the Surf Clam seemed to have a vibrant shade of color, the taste was no different than Hockey or Yummy Sushi (not exactly fresh).
Taste aside, I was pleasantly surprised that nothing fell apart as I picked up the sushi with my chopsticks. While, the Salmon Rose Roll did not disappoint, as the crab meat-salmon combination is always a great choice. However, I am yet to find a tasty piece of Unagi in Ottawa (enough said!).
This was definitely not the most visually appealing roll of sushi that they served that night. The Rainbow Roll kind of looked like a mess since the rice wasn’t tightly packed and it just seems like they randomly dripped some sort of sauce over the plate. Not too much to comment about the taste, as there was a lack of taste in general.
I did actually end up ordering some hot dishes, even though I like to stick strictly to Sashimi and Sushi at ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT. What caught my attention was the Enoki mushrooms wrapped in Beef, which I haven’t seen too often at Sushi places. This definitely was not the best I’ve had; the beef was a bit dry and was not evenly marinated.
Nevertheless, Sushi Kan does supply a variety of fairly fresh Sashimi and a generous assortment of menu items. It may not have that “Wow-factor”, but this maybe one of the few All-You-Can-Eat Sushi Restaurants in Ottawa that can sufficiently satisfy a Vancouverite’s sushi craving (in terms of All-You-Can-Eat-Quality Sushi, that is;))!