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Mar 28, 2011 03:13 PM

Great Vietnamese restaurant in Ottawa, Ontario

I have been living in Ottawa for 20+ years (lived in Toronto before) and always like Asian cuisine at reasonable price, which can be hard to find sometimes! Just want to share with you my favorite "Fuschian Vietnamese Restaurant". It is located in Ottawa's Chinatown on 726 Somerset St. West, tel 613-230-6815. We have been regulars for three years.
It is a small family business run by husband (chef) and wife (hostess, she also does the dessert). I don't think they have a web site.
The menu is not large, has Chinese influence (pho is not a big thing here, literally), and has specials on the board. Dishes are essentially soups, seafood, meat, noodles and rice. The cooking is very very good and (especially seafood) always fresh. Our preferred dishes include the seafood chow mein (#602 on the menu), the basa or salmon filet on rice, shrimp & egg plant stir fry on rice, and shrimp wonton soup (excellent soup that does not make you thristy later). They also have very good grilled meat, satay etc. The service is very friendly, way above average. Hope you will enjoy your experience.

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  1. I went to Vietnamese Kitchen at 478 Bank Street last week and I thought it was quite decent. The sign says it's Vietnamese and Szechuan cuisine, and usually an interesting pairing like that would make me a bit suspect. It was my first time there, and we had the Crispy Coconut Balls Vegetables ($9.95), which I don't think is Vietnamese and I've never seen the item in a Szechuan restaurant, but nevertheless it was really tasty. Crispy deep fried, golf-sized balls of coconut and dough (I think) in a slightly sweet sauce, stir-fried with vegetables. We also had the bun chay (cold vermicelli with spring rolls, $6.50) which was good, though more basil and maybe some mint would've been nice. Service was fine, good prices. I would go back.

    Vietnamese Kitchen
    478 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K2P1Z3, CA

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    1. re: looosia

      Agree, we have been there and it is a good restaurant. I had rare beef pho once and asked for rare, boy did they ever give me rare beef. Other Vietnamese restaurants give you well done even when their menu specifically says rare. I think I also bought a bottle of their homemade chilly sauce too, it was very garlicky!