During the August long weekend, Connie and I wanted to check out a new sushi place on MacLeod Trail. My mum had actually mentioned it to me a few weeks earlier, and after an afternoon doing other things, we thought it would be great to try out the new place. I am glad that I did, but I don’t think I’ll be adding it to my list of places to regularly return to.
First, my general impressions of Sho
We were initially led to stools – which I don’t like. (They don`t lend themselves to grace nor comfort…) I asked for a table with chairs instead, but was told that there weren’t any available.
The hostess also left us with a free appetizer – a little tiny tray with three different items – a mix of dried fish and peanuts (very strange, but once I got used to the flavour they were actually quite good), a few small squares of dried seaweed (nothing special but tasty) and a small serving of Korean Kim Chi (pickled cabbage with chilli – which was alright, but nothing I would order). I thought that this was a great touch, and appreciated it.
Also notable about Sho – the washrooms are upstairs where there is a lounge. I didn’t go up and see the lounge, but I wonder how the restaurant is set up to accommodate those with mobility issues? They don`t take reservations, and there is a little bit of parking on site – we didn’t have a problem at all finding a spot.
Next, the service
There were two well-dressed hostesses, and our server was well-dressed as well. Our server was friendly (perhaps a little too chatty considering how long we were waiting for things) and offered to assist if we had any questions. I have no complaints about the service, but no raves either.
Finally, the food
The menu we were brought differed from the dry-erase sheet that accompanied it. I found it a little strange that there was a lot missing from the menu, but then found some of the items (but not all) that I was looking for on the dry-erase sheet instead. While they had my favorite chopped scallop, they didn’t have my other favorite Ikura, nor Connie’s saba. They had a BBQ’d saba, but not the raw which she strongly prefers. The menu in general seemed quite small, and wasn`t as inspiring as I had hoped for. There were only a few rolls, most of which either were tempura or featured unagi sauce, only a few sashimi selections, and only a few other items.
I ordered two servings of tuna sashimi (three pieces each) while Connie ordered one order of tuna sashimi. I also ordered two tobiko and two special scallop battleship sushi pieces, plus two scallop nigiri-style sushi pieces and one of their ‘crispy’ pieces – also special scallop. (Listed as chopped scallop in a crispy wonton paper cup) Connie ordered scallop as well, plus the ‘Silver and gold’ specialty roll. (Listed as: Spicy Tuna, Chopped Unagi, Avocado, Oba, and Gold Tobiko)
The tuna sashimi was excellent, though the pieces were small compared to some of the other places we have been recently.
The Special Scallop battleship, Tobiko battleship, and the scallop nigiri were all good – however the Special Scallop was falling apart by the time it made it to the table – it simply looked as though the chef had rushed to complete the order. Still – super tasty!
The Crispy Special Scallop was interesting – I can foresee my friends who don’t love nori (seaweed) liking these, and it was small enough to eat easily. There was lots of scallop, and very little rice – which is perfect! The crispy wonton wrapper was a bit odd at first, but tasted fine and didn’t seem oily in any way (I presume it is fried…)
I’ll let Connie comment on her Silver and Gold roll – but just comment that there was some herb leaf on it as well which was not part of the description. It looked like basil to me in a way, though it was hard to say just visually. The roll was large, but not overly large, which is good.
The server offered dessert – but nothing on the menu appealed to us, so instead he brought three frozen red grapes on a skewer for us each. They were nice and refreshing, and a nice way to finish off the meal.
Have you been to Sho yet? What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!
Sho Sushi Bar & Kitchen
7212 Macleod Trail S
Calgary, AB T2H