Restaurant: Thi Fusion
Location: 880 Kanata Avenue, Ottawa, ON
Cuisine: Thai/ Japanese
Visited Thi Fusion for the first time with co-workers during lunch time. They have a great $10 lunch deal; almost everything on the menu is $10 during lunch time! Re-visited a few times and have had both good and bad experiences with the food, although it may be due to my own combination of choices.
Overall, I really like the atmosphere and great service. The interior is trendy and posh, but they also offer outdoor patio dining. While the waitresses are always prompt to offer you glasses of water and take your order.
At Thi Fusion, you can choose the spiciness of your dish from 1-10. 3 is actually the norm, but I wanted to make sure that there was absolutely no spice in my Pad Thai so I ordered a “1″. This is definitely the “go-to” dish at Thi Fusion because you know it’s going to be good (some of my co-workers order this every time although you can order it with Beef, Pork, or Seafood as well). The chicken meat is tender and really soaks in the flavors of the sauce, which was had a subtle sweetness. I also really appreciated the generous ratio of vegetables and noodles. Everything on the plate was simply fresh and served in a great portion (enough to satisfy you for a long day of work;)).
This time, being a bit more brave I went with a level 4 spiciness (1 step above the norm!). Unfortunately, I made the wrong choice of ingredients. For garlic chicken, you can choose a choice of noodle or rice. I chose the thinnest noodle there is, vermicelli, which absorbs the sauce like a sponge! I’m sure 4 isn’t normally very spicy, but with the vermicelli, I felt like I was practically drinking this spicy sauce (My mouth was on fire!). I’ll be looking forward to trying Garlic Chicken with rice and only level 1 spiciness.
I kind of guessed that Soy Chicken would have a very liquid sauce, so I didn’t dare to go with the Vermicelli again. The dish had a wonderful combination of fresh bell peppers, mushrooms, carrots, and spring onions to compliment the soy-based sauce. Loved the flavors and the rice was a perfect side to go with the Soy Chicken. Although I think what impressed me the most was the thoughtful plating (and all for $10!).
Thi Fusion has definitely become a favorite for lunch. I’ll surely be back here to try out other dishes. I don’t think you can go wrong with any dish here, but be careful about the spiciness! Plus, for $10 is a great deal!