I have a bunch of other posts to share with you from delicious meals and treats in Iceland, but I’m going to interrupt just for a moment to introduce one of Calgary’s newest AYCE (All You Can Eat) sushi places.
I visited The One Sushi during the August long weekend, and the server let me and my dining companions know that the restaurant had only been open for three weeks. They’ve given a minor facelift to the previous Home Food Inn (a Chinese food buffet) on Macleod Trail, but have kept the all-you-can-eat premise.
Beyond the All You Can Eat premise, The One Sushi also has a gimmick – ordering is done nearly entirely on iPads at your table. Almost all of the menu items have photos (there were a few without – and these might be added by the time you read this) and you select the item, quantity, then send it, and a server comes over to confirm the order and send it to the kitchen. From there, a multitude of servers swing by with your dishes. (At the counter pieces of paper are stuck to each dish to ensure they get to the right table – though while we were there there was at least one mix-up.)
The iPad ordering system is rather unique (I have done it before, though not here in Calgary) and it’s hard to order incorrectly (though it is possible for the servers to deliver the incorrect plate to the table, which happened to us). The system also seems fairly efficient for delivery of food – although one server got us settled and would send our orders to the kitchen, any server could take our plates or deliver dishes when completed from the kitchen.
It becomes really easy to over-order – just like a lot of all-you-can-eat (versus buffet) restaurants. There’s also a problem that substitutions aren’t really possible – since the server is only there to send the order to the kitchen. I also would have preferred if we all had iPads, instead of having to share one. None of the menu items had descriptions either – which at times was difficult when the photo wasn’t clearly descriptive.
I have a bunch of photos to share, so I’m going to split up the post into two parts – the sushi, and the other food my dining companions ordered in two different posts. Keep reading!
We ordered three different kinds of Nigiri Sushi – Tuna. Flying Fish Roe, and a Crunchy piece.
I’d say the Nigiri sushi was the least impressive of the different sushi we had – on the battleship style rolls they included an extra-long tail of seaweed which I find annoying. The rolls were also quite small, and one of them kind of fell apart when I was trying to eat it.
The flavour of the tuna and fish roe were both fine, but nothing extraordinary. The Crunchy piece seemed to be just tempura batter topped off with spicy sauce – kind of weird, and not recommended.
Next up, both the red and green Dragon Rolls. I normally don’t care for tempura-filled rolls, but these were both pretty good.
I preferred the Red Dragon Roll, topped with salmon – in fact I think it’s probably my favourite roll that I tried at The One Sushi. It also had avocado and cucumber, topped off sesame seeds and sauce (Unagi sauce perhaps?)
The Green Dragon Roll was good too – but not quite as good as the Red. Instead of salmon, it’s topped off with avocado, but the inside is the same. It also has a yellow sauce – lemon perhaps?
Next up, a Rainbow roll.
While the other rolls had been fairly well sized, this roll was tiny, and falling apart – the flavour was fine, though honestly I was pretty unimpressed. It’s still a good dish to share though!
Finally, the Futo Roll
This roll has daikon, cucumber, omelet, mushroom, and avocado – it was pretty flavourful, though a bit larger than I really liked.
My next post I’ll share some of the other food menu items from The One Sushi’s all you can eat menu.