Sushi: Globefish in Marda Loop

22 Jul

For a while I have been craving a nice fusion roll, and finally in late June, a friend and I headed over to Globefish in Marda Loop for some sushi.

I haven’t been to Globefish in a while, not since last January actually, but was looking forward to it.  It’s always been reliably good, but I guess that even with the small location, word has gotten out – and it’s popularity has skyrocketed.  This never seems to mean good things…


First off, the hostess completely ignored us (and the other people who came in after us).  She was obviously run off her feet, but she couldn’t even take the time to get our name and how many people were in our party until we had been there for about 8-10 minutes.  From there it was another 15 minutes, and she must have written down our name entirely wrong – but we took the spot anyways.

Our server was reasonably attentive – although not proactive (we had to catch his eye to request a refill in my water glass and for more ginger). He also seemed very busy,  and perhaps very new or inexperienced.  Nice and polite though.


As I mentioned in my previous post, Globefish in Marda Loop is extremely dark – and extremely crowded on the day we went. There were numbers families with very young children, which came complete with several high chairs, strollers, carriages, and table-wiggling.  I always find it adorable, little kids eating sushi (if only my parents had exposed me to different food so young!) but in a super-crowded restaurant, strollers are a nuisance, even if the children are well-behaved.

The packed tables also meant that conversation was difficult, because of all the noise.  This obviously isn’t something the restaurant controls, but I wouldn’t advise heading to Globefish to catch up with an old friend or on a date.

Another unfortunate circumstance that is not really within Globefish’s control – with the exceptionally tight seating, the couple who arrived as we were near the end of our dinner were very close.  Unfortunately, the man in the couple had overdone his cologne, and the smell of it started to make me physically ill – I ended up signaling for the cheque and leaving quickly because of it.


Of course, the food is the most important part!  I find that Globefish tends to drown their sushi in sauce use too much sauce on their rolls, so I selected the chopped scallop roll, the Mt. Fuji roll, and the Cherry Blossom roll.  My friend and I also split the Sashimi Roll.  We had considered splitting the gyoza, but didn’t in leu of the Sashimi Roll – which I’m glad of, remembering how the gyoza was only so-so last time I had it – plus I left completely stuffed…

Sashimi Roll ($9.95)

Globefish Marda Loop – Sashimi Roll

I have a friend who hates nori (seaweed) so when I saw that the Sashimi Roll was wrapped in rice paper, I was intrigued.  I would love to be able to bring her for sushi somewhere other than our regular haunt for a change…

The Sashimi Roll is described as: “Assorted sashimi, avocado and cucumber rolled with rice paper topped tobiko” in this case it was just tuna and salmon.  Unfortunately, I found the avocado slightly too soft – and the rice paper was also soft and ‘mushy’ which made the texture of this roll rather unpleasant.  The flavour of the roll was also dominated by the avocado – and while I really enjoy avocado, I would have liked to taste the fish more. It came in a very strong sauce as well (why do menus omit important things like this?) which I really didn’t like at all.    I wouldn’t recommend this one, and will have to go back to the drawing board to find a nori-less sushi roll!

Mt. Fuji roll ($13.95)

Globefish Marda Loop – Mt. Fuji Roll

Since I had been craving a fusion roll for a while, I found myself disapointed by the menu at Globefish.  First of all there were so many rolls with sauces, and secondly so many rolls featuring fried food (either the roll itself was fried, or it included fried ingredients).  I was really not in the mood for fried or sauce-ladden food, so I ended up picking rolls I have had before – kind of missing out on the experience I was really looking for.

The Mt. Fuji roll is described as “Avocado, salmon & masago roll wrapped with smoked salmon & more avocado. Drizzled with japanese mayo and garnished with tobiko.” Luckily, the ‘drizzle’ was really only a drizzle – and I found this really pleasant – even if it wasn’t what my taste-buds had been really craving.

Chopped scallop roll ($6.25)

Globefish Marda Loop – my scallop roll

If you’ve read Happy Sushi Belly for a while,  you’ll know that I normally like my chopped scallop battleship-style.  However, since Globefish is so well-known for their rolls, I went with a roll instead. The roll is described as “Scallop & tobiko with mayonnaise rolled with rice & seaweed” – what they fail to make clear is that the scallop is not mixed with the mayo and tobiko, instead the tobiko is rolled up with the scallop, and the mayo is drizzled over top.  They also failed to mention that half the roll is cucumber.  Urg.  I really am tired of places adding in cucumber – it doesn’t taste right with scallop or with Ikura (another occasional victim of cucumber-attacks).  Needless to say, this was not what I wanted, nor did I enjoy it.  The mellow flavour of the scallop was completely overwhelmed by the crisp cucumber flavour.

Cherry Blossom roll ($15.95)

Globefish Marda Loop – Cherry Blossom roll

The Cherry Blossom roll is one that I’ve had before as well, and have always enjoyed.  It is described as “Salmon & avocado roll wrapped with fresh red tuna. Served with seaweed salad & red tobiko.” It’s also served with a wasabi sauce (ahem.. menus really need to be updated at this place…) which I found overly powerful.  The seaweed salad was also regrettable – I know that I’ve had it before and enjoyed it – but this time around it was just sour and I couldn’t eat it.

Globefish Marda Loop – my companion’s delicious-looking roll

Overall impression

The menus at Globefish really need to be updated to accurately reflect what is in the dishes.  The crowded seating (oh, and they don’t take reservations) and not-great service suggest that they’re strained under their popularity.  Too bad.  As always, the food is consistently good. Not great, but good.

Globefish Sushi and Izakaya (Marda Loop)
#1 2009 33 Ave SW
Calgary, AB
(403) 249-8866

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Posted by on July 22, 2012 in South-West Calgary, Sushi


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