After a really disappointing experience with a sushi place, I had the totally opposite experience recently visiting Yume in northwest Calgary.
Driving up to Yume, my expectations were pretty low – their website hadn’t worked in the morning, the location was in a strip mall (next to a closed hair salon), and the interior, while clean, was simple and a bit ‘cheap’ looking. While I had gone for sushi last with high expectations that weren’t met – my expectations of Yume were really low, but the food was really good!
My friend suggested Yume (only looking for something open on a Sunday afternoon, and close to the Calyx Art Show) so I didn’t check out the reviews on UrbanSpoon – which is probably a good thing. Just as good reviews at the last sushi place had made me really want to check out a sushi resturaunt, the bad reviews of Yume might have kept me away – and that would have been unfortunate.
There was quite a bit of selection on the menu, though I was a bit confused by some of the photos which had captions, but I couldn’t find the description of the roll on the menu. I ended up sticking with an order of Tuna Sashimi, two pieces each of my favourite Ikura (Salmon roe) and Chopped Scallop Battleship rolls, and the house “Yume Roll” which is a roll topped with mango and salmon.
The Tuna Sashimi wasn’t really anything special – it was reasonably well cut, and tasted fine. The order was for 4 pieces, but instead I had 8 exceptionally thin pieces which I thought was a bit strange. Still, all that matters is the taste, right?
The two a la carte pieces (the Ikura and chopped scallop) were similar – while I did find the nori a little chewy, I thought both pieces were good. Not the absolute best sushi I’ve had in Calgary mind you – but good, and excellent value for the price.
The Yume roll on the other hand was fantastic! I had been toying with the idea of ordering Yam Tempura or Gyoza as well, but I ended up ordering another Yume roll instead. It was really good, and I would definitely recommend it!
While the interior is plain-looking, the food is good, but the service is really casual. Our server was a bit more interested in the toddler visiting than in bringing us water, and was hard to get the attention of when we needed refills, despite there being only a few people in the small restaurant. With that being said, our meal was prepared very quickly, which was appreciated.
Head to Yume for casual service, a casual environment, decent food at a fairly good price. It’s not the best sushi in Calgary by far, but it’s good value for a casual meal, lunch, or quick dinner. We also saw several people come in for take-out sushi while we were there, which is likely also a great option.
|Sushi||Menu price (before tax)|
|Tuna sashimi||$8.00/ 4 pieces (actually 8 thin pieces)|
|Special (chopped) scallop||$1.50 / each|
|Ikura||$1.50 / each|
|Yume roll||$8.50 / 6 pieces|
3400 14 St NW
Calgary, AB T2K 1H9