Japanese Village Teppan Steak & Seafood House
       
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Japanese Village Teppan Steak & Seafood House

Neighborhood: Downtown/CentePrice Range: Expensive
6.8
Based on 26 reviews


170 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa/Gatineau

Tel: (613) 236-9519

Categories:
Japanese


Teppan Steak & Seafood House. Wonderful dining experience, food is fabulous and presentation is entertaining. This is definetly the spot to visit if you enjoy a lively, interactive night of dining out. I have returned to this restaurant many, many times in the past 20 years, always a pleasure to experience time and time again.





    
 

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Davis
2011-Dec-22
10:35:37
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Great (116.23)

Interesting place
I'd never been to this restaurant, despite having my office in the same building for the past 6 months. Our office Christmas party was held here this week. Personally, I find the dark and dated decor to be almost quaint. Our group was sat around the large table in a back corner. Being noon-hour the week before Christmas, the place was pretty packed and also fairly noisy. No big deal. Drink prices are fairly reasonable (Budweiser was $4.10).

I ordered the chicken and shrimp, which came with a small salad or chicken broth and mushroom soup (which was quite good). As some other people have mentionned below, chefs are hit and miss. Our end of the table had a mute, while my colleagues who were sat on the other side had a guy who seemed to be chatting them up and having a grand time. Again, I didn't really care. Most of the food was started at the same time, which meant my 4 little shrimps were cooked in a couple of minutes and sat on my plate while the meats and raw veggies cooked. The flavours were quite good, but presentation could use a bit of an improvement. The plastic squeeze bottles that all of the sauces were dispensed in was a bit low rent. Also when i ordered a side of mushrooms, I kind of expected a little more than a handful of the white button variety. Everything was tasty and good value in my opinion, but portions were a little skimpy. Extra rice was provided without charge. My only real complaint was that a man came and cleaned the plancha grill while we were still at the table. This involved putting water on the still-hot surface, resulting in a lot of steam and noise. He then took a paint scraper and scraped all the crud and crap on the grill into a black sludge. I had to turn away to avoid becoming nauseous, as I have a weak stomach. They really should wait until the diners are gone before they do their clean up. Otherwise, an enjoyable and realatively inexpensive meal.
-- Davis
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sm
2011-Oct-26
10:56:28


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Good (53.20)

Visited on 2011-Oct-7
I am in agreement with many of the other reviewers, the dank atmosphere does absolutely nothing for the restaurant. The place just feels dirty, so maybe it's better that it's so dark and you can't see what's actually going on there.
We went for lunch with a group of 7. We were seated at our own table, and didn't have to share with anyone else as the place was quite dead for a Friday at lunch.
The salad came with a nice dressing, which made me hopeful for the mains. I had the shrimp and chicken, which came with rice and "vegetables". I would not get the shrimp again, as he cooked it first so it sat on our plate and got cold while we waited for the rest to be cooked. The vegetables consisted of onions and lots of bean sprouts. There may have been some zuchini as well, but after being split into 7 portions there was very little in my portion. The dipping sauces that came for the meats were quite good.
There was no show to the cooking, I'm assuming because it was lunchtime? I had a much better experience at Edoko where it truly seems to be a fun demonstration of showmanship.
-- sm
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Marijumanji
2010-Jun-27
02:35:36


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Great (190.97)

Dank atmosphere and "show" not worth the price of admission
Japanese Village is located in the basement of a bleak Laurier street office building and didn't really impress me all that much.

Teppanyaki is a style of Japanese cooking where the chef prepares the food in front of the diners on a large iron griddle. At good teppanyaki restaurants the chef will typically put on a bit of a show while he cooks. This involves flipping ingredients around, "shooting" meats or vegetables into the guests bowls and igniting oil to create an impressive flame, it's part meal and part entertainment.

As other reviews state, the place is badly in need of a major interior renovation. The place looks like it hasn't changed much since the 80's. Part of the problem is the lack of windows, but a new carpet and a fresh coat of paint would do wonders.

The food itself was passable. 36 dollars bought me the "shogun special" a set meal and the priciest item on the menu. It includes a salty soup, salad, filet mignon, lobster and a bowl of rice. Portion sizes were on the small side and I did not leave full. Vegetables were pretty much limited to bean sprouts, bean sprouts and more bean sprouts, not really the best accompaniment to expensive beef and lobster. Where was the eggplant, cabbage or noodles? On the plus side, the salad dressing was great and the sesame sauce that they use on the meats is delicious.

The 'show' part of the meal was lacklustre. The guy cooked our food and that was it. Not much flair or style to speak of. Looking around us, some of the other chefs were getting into it, spinning their knives around and dazzling their audiences so you may have better luck than we did.

Depending on the size of your group you might be sat with other people. This can be a problem depending on how anti-social you are. We went as a group of 4 and were seated with another couple.

I can only really recommend this place to large groups who are looking for a dinner activity more than a great meal. You can dress up pan fried steak all you want, but it still doesn't make it anything more than pan fried steak, even when it comes with a half pound of bean sprouts.
-- Marijumanji
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patron24
2009-May-18
15:58:59


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Terrible Food and Service
This is by far the WORST restaurant I have ever frequented in my life. I had ordered the sushi which tasted rotten and fishy. The other teppanaki items on the menu was too salty including the soup. Management was very rude when I told them about the rotten sushi and even charged us for it. Overall, terrible value for the over priced menu. We will be telling all our friends never to go. We will definitely not return and recommend you save your money and go elsewhere.
-- patron24
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lovetodineout
2009-Apr-09
16:01:34


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Frequent (13.60)

Visited on 2009-Mar-7
A great candidate for restaurant makeover
Visited here recently with a group of six. As you enter you notice that everything looks very old and outdated. The place has an odour of several years of stale food. The menus were browned and full of grease. Everything was filthy.
I remember in the past having the chef preform in front of you. This was not the case on this visit. As we were the last table of the evening, we were made to feel that we were a nuisance rather than welcomed or appreciated. Our chef looked as though he needed to take a nap.
Overall, food was descent, service was terrible and atmosphere was awful. Considering all of above I wish we had spent our money elsewhere. I will not return.
-- lovetodineout
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passion4food
2009-Feb-04
09:52:26


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Great (140.25)

Nothing special
I came here with a large group for a late Saturday night dinner. I really was not impressed. Service was not very good. Food took a while to come and members in our group who came in late were served first.

The restaurant itself is very dirty. Major cleanliness issues! The health and food inspection should go in there and clean things up. Bathrooms are dirty, floors are filthy, and the smell is not pleasant. We all left with our clothes and jackets smelling pretty bad.

The food was decent. No complaints really. But it really was nothing special. The so called "show", when they cooked our food in front of us was only ok. Definitely not worth the price.
-- passion4food
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Hanh
2008-Jul-19
11:45:23


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Frequent (13.60)

We're hooked!
My boyfriend and I recently tried this restaurant after a trip to LA where we were introduced to teppan. We searched for reviews of restaurants in Ottawa with teppans. We found that this place had the best reviews and decided to try it. We are now hooked on this place!

The food is great! I love the sauces that they give to dip the meat, seafood and vegetables. The portions are great and each meal comes with soup, salad, and small shrimp appetizer. We odered the filet mignon and shrimp combo. The filet mignon melts in your mouth and the shrimp is always cooked to perfection!

The service is good and the owner is very nice. We were fortunate enough to have him as our cook on our last visit. Can't wait till our next visit!
-- Hanh
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sushibaby
2008-Apr-26
00:41:37
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Frequent (11.10)

Dinner and a show!
It was so entertaining!

My boyfriend brought me to Japanese Village for my birthday. It was a great surprise; as I had never experienced something like this in my life! It was great to watch the chef work right infront of us; it was so personal and interesting. But, our chef could have been a little more talkative.

The only thing I found strange was the fact that we had to sit with strangers, which made things a little awkward. The people we were sitting with were pretty obnoxious and didn't pay all that much attention to the chef.

The food was great; the tempura was very nice and the teriyaki salmon was delicious.

Teppanyaki is great.
-- sushibaby
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Yroc
2007-Sep-03
15:12:23


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Superb (306.62)

Excellent Fillet
The place could use a facelift as the funishings are old. The service is fair and they are friendly although there are language barriers at times. The fillet is the best I have ever had and the dressing on the salad is memorable (I have seen people drink what is left in the bowl). I have been to several Japanese steaks houses in Canada and in the US and this one is the best (although I am more interested in the food than anything else).
-- Yroc
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reynard
2007-Jun-26
17:01:13


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Frequent (19.70)

I went here the other day, and I got pretty much what I expected. Nothing to exciting. The problem is with all the flipping etc. It tends to make seafood tough and what not. I was not dissapointed, but I think I would like a little more creativity, and I would give up the show for it. I guess it was just a throw back 15-20 years. The dining room is dated as well, and service as well. I just think this restaurant needs to make itself current.
-- reynard
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rgwillie
2007-Jun-18
14:52:18


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Occasional (9.00)

Japanese Village--Ah So!
Remember the old Japanese Village commercials? I miss those...

A little pricey, but the food is good and the restaurant makes for a fun night out, especially for people who haven't been to a place like this before. I try and go once a year, usually taking a member of my country bumpkin family.

-- rgwillie
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Saurian
2007-Apr-26
14:37:02


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Good (84.65)

Not Worth It
Food: I found the food pretty average. Nothing was bad, but nothing really stood out either. I don't consider it a good thing when the enjoyment you get from watching the food being cooked rivals the enjoyment you get from actually eating it. I liked the miso soup though because it had good flavour and wasn't overly salty tasting. The salad was mediocre but had a very nice dressing. The meat in the main dish I had (chicken & calamari) was not impressive and was a bit tough.

Atmosphere: I didn't find it all that dark; once you sit at your table things are well enough lit. What I didn't like was being forced to sit with strangers. They also made us wait until these strangers got there before we could order so as to make it more convenient for them. The place was not that busy so they could have sat both parties at separate tables, but that would have meant having to bring out a second cook and do more work - God forbid!

Service: Pretty bad. Our waitress was clueless and could barely speak English. She forgot our calamari appetizer (which still managed to find its way onto the bill) and let our drinks go dry. I had to flag her down for more wine. When I asked if I could make the chicken & calamari or shrimp meal just with seafood and without chicken, she just shook her head 'no' and said "Sorry, can't do it". What's up with that? At those prices, the restaurant should be more accommodating than that.

Price: Expensive. The show part makes for an interesting concept, but there are annoying flaws. I don't regret having tried it, but I won't be going back.
-- Saurian
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spy
2006-Oct-06
13:11:17


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Superb (494.09)

I didn't know what to expect. There was no actual tempura combo meal (only tempura appetizer). Also, no tonkatsu (my favourite). I guess the emphasis is mostly on things that can be publicly cooked. The entrees cost at least $20-35 before tax. That might be valid if you like steak or lobster tail, but a small volume of chicken + soup + bean sprouts + rice + vegetables is not worth it. As for the "show", the guy was Chinese, not Japanese, and he didn't throw around the knife, etc. He just chopped up the stuff and cooked it and one time he made a big flame appear.
-- spy
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Brighat
2006-Jul-30
15:23:04


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Regular (38.20)

There are probably better Indy Japanese restaurants that I've dined in like Suisha Gardens and Ichibei but everybody needs a starting point for getting into Japanese dining and The Japanese Village is a great first place to go. The cooks creating your meal right in front of you, the servers in kiminoes and the good food are what makes this place work. Yes, the place is a bit dark and creaky, a little more expensive and it might be one of those that live on its reputation but its still a nice place for a large group as well as for someone trying Japanese for the first time. For more intimate dining, the Indy places might be better.
-- Brighat
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blat
2006-Apr-25
10:55:06


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Frequent (10.00)

1) Food is GREAT!
2) service is good

But the problem is this place over the last 2 years has turned into a massive people moving factory. You can't even finish your tea and desert before being shooed away into another room. We used to go here very very often but one shouldn't have to pay this much just to be shuffled around.
-- blat
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Priscilla
2006-Mar-13
23:47:08


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Newbie (1.00)

its a bit expensive but sooo worth it .. if you are going to order anything on the menu , order the Filet Mignon.. its so tender , melts in your mouth!! other than that , if you dont mind sharing your table with complete strangers you'll have a good time ..

Its my favorite place!
-- Priscilla
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PUNISHER
2006-Jan-17
11:01:23


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Newbie (1.00)

The food is good, but very greasy. Had reservations however waited for an hour to be seated. Was not given any compensation and also ended up with a parking ticket which the management was NOT willing to pay for....I would NEVER go back there again. Not worth it at all.
-- PUNISHER
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quizinequeen
2005-Mar-21
00:59:43


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Novice (2.00)

DINNER AND A SHOW!!! This place is fabulous, and super trendy! The food is cooked right before your eyes with an amusing display of tricks and flames. Main courses are very reasonably priced($20-30)and the authenticity is priceless!!! Great for parties or large groups!
-- quizinequeen
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ebiniser
2004-Dec-29
19:47:38


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Good (75.90)

Love the food. My favourite Japanese place in Ottawa. I don't particularly like the shared tables and rubbing elbows with strangers, but that's about my only complaint.
-- ebiniser
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mak
2004-Sep-27
00:49:40


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Newbie (1.00)

It is dark.
-- mak
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cheque pleez
2004-Sep-17
17:07:12


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Great (117.46)

To anonymous....you waited over TWo HOURS?
WHY?
Did you not make reservations?
I personally would not wait two hours for ANY restaurant...life is short, and I have better things to do with my time.
-- cheque pleez
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zozo2
2004-Sep-17
15:18:09


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Frequent (12.00)

Delish, their ginger dressing is addictive! The atmosphere is okay but they really need to clean their carpets, they're a little on the greasy side.
-- zozo2
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ano
2004-May-28
16:11:26


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Novice (2.00)

We waited over two hours to be seated, and then i'm not sure how long before they took are order and we were able to eat something, but probably another hour in total. The portions were very small, and the sushi was terrible. Not worth the price. Wouldn't go back.
-- ano
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Crowes
2004-Jan-08
11:28:36


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Occasional (5.00)

The food is absolutely great! Melts in your mouth. The service could be improved, they could be a little more friendly. Not much in the way of decor or atmosphere, it's pretty dark in there. But sooo worth it for the food!!
-- Crowes
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BerndMoeller
2003-Dec-31
14:52:19


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Novice (2.00)

Einer super Restaurant.
Wie die Samureis das Essen zubereiten ist einfach eine Supergeile Show.

Tischreservierung !!!!!!!!!!!!
-- BerndMoeller
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hope
2003-Feb-14
18:13:24


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Novice (2.00)

I always remember my first visit to Japanese Village over 17 years ago. I was impressed by the Chef's ability with a knife, and the "dinner and show" atmosphere . I delight in the way the lobster is made to appear as if wiggling on to your plate. Another fond memory is of the Saki Ceasar's, a nice twist on an old favorite. You simply must go and tell everyone you know.
-- hope
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