It’s long been curious to me how you can be from one culture but be so thoroughly smitten with another. Perhaps it’s not odd at all but it isn’t easy being a Japanophile in Ottawa. It is, however, getting a little more interesting. So here’s a list of places, some known, some unknown, that we believe are some of the best Japanese restaurants in Ottawa.
Location: 382 Rideau St.
Mergi Shop opened in July and offers a large variety of Japanese (along with a sprinkling of Chinese and Korean) beverages, sweets and savouries. Yes, it includes cult faves like a considerable selection of crazy Kit Kat flavours and potato chips such as beef & sea urchin. They also offer a variety of frozen foods like the Japan-raised A5 Wagyu beef at an eye-popping $35 per 100 grams. This is fun shopping.
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