11806 Jasper Avenue NW, Edmonton
Japonais Bistro is one of Edmonton’s newer sushi places, at around only 2-3 years. I’ve been here when it first opened, and then several times afterwards. Having only just started blogging, I have to go back to all the places that I’ve already been, but I’m not complaining! Just another excuse to go out and eat. It’s located on Japser Avenue and 118 Street. There is some parking in that little plaza, but it’s very scarce. There’s some meter parking immediately east of the restaurant on the street that you can usually grab a spot though! The inside is relatively big compared to the other sushi places that I’ve been. It’s nice and pretty modern inside.
Japonais Bistro is self-described to focus on a modern Japanese menu with a touch of North American influence. They serve a larger variety of different dishes, and some really unique food combinations. They also have oyster night on Tuesdays, which I have been guilty of going to on an occasion or two!
This most recent occasion, I went with my sister, Lequyen. I had just gone there a week before with my brother but my sister somehow deleted all of my pictures by accident. We decided to start off with the Japanese calamari. Calamari is one of my favourite appetizers to get at a restaurant. At only 10.95$, I figured why not? I’m actually surprised that I never got it before. It came out nice and hot, and it was a surprisingly large portion. It actually came with a little side salad as well, which was unexpected. The calamari was perfectly cooked. Nice and tender, and the breading was really crispy and light. They lightly drizzled some wasabi-based sauce, and this really made the dish. The sauce could have used a little bit more wasabi but otherwise this was a great choice of appetizer. The little salad was really light and refreshing too. The vinaigrette had a little bit was sweetness and it was really nice to eat in between pieces of calamari.
I’ve had almost all of the rolls here before, so I decided to go with one that I haven’t had before – The Love Crunch roll. It’s described as baked crab, avocado roll with salmon and spicy tuna, tempura bits, sweet soy and tobiko. I wasn’t completely sold on the mountain of tempura bits for the presentation. A little bit sure, but I think it was a bit overkill. Overall, it was decent. I find that most things at Japonais Bistro is on the heavier side, and very rich. I didn’t expect the salmon to be cooked on the outside, but overall it was alright. One thing I do have to say about The Love Crunch roll is that you do end up getting a lot of fish, inside and out! There were generous portions of salmon, tuna, and crab.
The other roll that I’ve never had was Halo. It’s a salmon and cucumber roll with torched smoked salmon, sesame sauce, and jalapeno. I think I preferred this to The Love Crunch roll. There was a generous amount of smoked salmon, and it was very smokey. The jalapeno was cut into circles and placed atop of each slice, like a halo. There were no seeds, and it wasn’t spicy at all. The jalapeno complemented the smokiness of the salmon very well. Overall, it was a pretty tasty roll. The sesame sauce gave it an extra bit of savouriness and creaminess and it was really good.
Lastly, we got the Chirashi Donburi. I’ve really been on a Chirashi kick ever since I’ve had the one from Sushi Wasabi which was amazing. The Chirashi donburi here comes with salmon, tuna, octopus, and squid. The rice here is really good, and the fish is so fresh, so I highly recommend this if you like fish and rice. I usually get sashimi, but sometimes, you just have to have rice!
Overall, I consistently have good meals at Japonais Bistro. It’s definitely one of my favourite sushi places in Edmonton. That, plus the added convenience of being really close to me makes me really like this place. The sashimi here is really fresh, and some of the simpler rolls are really fresh and delicious as well. Some other honourable mentions from the menu would have to be the seafood ceviche, the new style sashimi, and definitely the volcano roll!
Quality of food: 4/5