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Sumo Grill Japanese Restaurant

Sushi and sashimi from Sumo Grill in Sunridge Mall

Sushi and sashimi from Sumo Grill in Sunridge Mall

It’s been… YEARS since I was last at Sumo Grill in Sunridge Mall. Part of this is because I’m rarely in that area.. and partially because when I am – I’m now grabbing food at the nearby Blaze Pizza instead. However I was there not too long ago, and popped in because… well honestly I was too tired and hot to take the extra time outside to get pizza…. LOL Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 9, 2018 in North-East Calgary, Sushi

 

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Sushi Shop – Calgary location

Two different sushi rolls from Sushi Shop in Deerfoot Crossing in Calgary

Two different sushi rolls from Sushi Shop in Deerfoot Crossing in Calgary

If you’ve been reading Happy Sushi Belly for a while, you might remember some of my previous posts about this Quebec-based chain – Sushi Shop. I visited them first in Quebec City, and then was excited to find a location in Edmonton’s Kingsway Mall. Then, in mid-May I saw a bus in Calgary drive by… advertising the shop!

It turns out, they recently opened a location in Calgary, in Deerfoot Meadows near Jysk. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 4, 2018 in South-East Calgary, Sushi

 

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Sumo Lounge Eau Claire

Tuna and Salmon sashimi from Sumo Lounge in Calgary's Eau Claire Market.

Tuna and Salmon sashimi from Sumo Lounge in Calgary’s Eau Claire Market.

It’s been a while (January 2018) since I blogged about sushi… and I have a confession, it’s partially because I’ve been lax in blogging, but also because I’ve been eating a LOT less sushi lately than I used to enjoy. I’ve been finding that rice just isn’t agreeing with me, and I’ve gotten a bit bored with just having sashimi every time… so unless I go out with friends, generally I’ve just been not having sushi. So sad! Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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New menu items at Big Catch

Autumn Haze and Solar Flare 'rolls' with tuna sashimi from Big Catch sushi in Calgary

Autumn Haze and Solar Flare ‘rolls’ with tuna sashimi from Big Catch sushi in Calgary

I kinda love Big Catch, and they recently added a few new items to their menu that I wanted to try out.

Autumn HazeĀ  ($13.25)
Sweet-mirin glazed torch seared salmon-toro topped with mizore-radish

Autumn Haze and Solar Flare 'rolls' from Big Catch sushi in Calgary

Autumn Haze and Solar Flare ‘rolls’ from Big Catch sushi in Calgary

The salmon didn’t really have a lot of flavour, and I thought that the ratio of fish to rice favoured the rice WAY too much. The overall flavour was pretty bland; even the radish was sort of…’eh’. I tasted it on it’s own, and it didn’t really seem like anything at all.

Solar Flare ($13.25)
Miso braised tender pork topped with onion-ginger garnish

Solar Flare sushi from Big Catch in Calgary

Solar Flare sushi from Big Catch in Calgary

The pieces are also topped with a little slice of (cherry?) tomato. Despite the website saying it’s pork… it’s actually red tuna – and they were out of red tuna so swapped out white while I was there. Confusing. This also had way too much rice, and overall was pretty lacking in the intensity of flavour that I’m accustomed with at Big Catch.

I also added an order of Tuna Sashimi ($7.75). The pieces seemed smaller than I’d anticipate for the price.

Overall I was kind of disappointed with my dinner from Big Catch. That being said.. with all of that rice, it was very filling – it took two meals to finish off my order!

See the complete Big Catch menu on their website, or read my previous posts about Big Catch here, and here.

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2018 in South-West Calgary, Sushi

 

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Goro + Gun Bento box

Bento box from Calgary's downtown Goro + Gun. Read my review on Happy Sushi Belly

Bento box from Calgary’s downtown Goro + Gun

I’ve blogged about Goro + Gun before, but this time I was there during the day and tried their bento box for the first time.

I got the sashimi bento for $16 which featured the chef’s selection of sashimi, along with 2 pieces of lobster california roll, fresh greens, steamed rice, and miso soup.

As much as I like the ramen bowls at Goro + Gun… the bento box was a huge disappointment.

The sashimi was tuna, salmon, and a single piece of prawn. Nothing special.

The rice was fine.. but I don’t really eat a lot of rice.

The lobster roll – well you could have surprised me… it wasn’t any different from a California roll…

The salad – was the worst part of the dish. It was pretty much drowning in oily dressing. Inedible.

Goro + Gun miso soup. Read my review on Happy Sushi Belly

Goro + Gun miso soup

The miso soup was fine, but way too salty to enjoy I’m afraid.

Check out their menu online… and pick something other than the Bento box.

If you love bento… click the Bento Box tag to see some other alternatives instead!

 

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2018 in Downtown Calgary, Sushi

 

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Sushi & Co – not what I ordered…

Roll from Sushi & Co in downtown Calgary

Roll from Sushi & Co in downtown Calgary

Not long ago I met up with an online blind date downtown – and sushi was on the menu! Since I am rarely downtown during the day anymore, I selected Sushi & Co – which specializes in an after-work and lunchtime crowd…they are never open on Sundays when I’m in the area.

Sushi & Co in Calgary

Sushi & Co in Calgary

I ordered a Rocky Mountain Roll… but it was NOT what I expected. The Rocky Mountain roll is supposed to have Prawn Tempura, cucumber and cream cheese with baby scallop tempura and masago… topped with lemon sauce, sweet sauce, and tobiko. As you can see from the photo, it’s not at all what I got.

Roll from Sushi & Co in downtown Calgary

Roll from Sushi & Co in downtown Calgary

What I ended up getting is a prawn tempura, with cucumber, spicy crab, and there was even a jalapeno in there, all topped with salmon! It came with spicy sauce, which I totally didn’t need because this was WAY too spicy. Reading their menu, I’m not even sure what I DID get – but definitely not what I ordered. (Super disappointed.. I ended up not eating it all because it was WAY too hot for me.)

I was a bit surprised that while my sashimi (below) came with ginger and wasabi – the sushi roll didn’t.

Tuna and salmon sashimi from Sushi & Co in Calgary

Tuna and salmon sashimi from Sushi & Co in Calgary

I also ordered tuna and salmon sashimi which was WAY better and more as anticipated. I was a bit bummed that the tuna was quite small in comparison to the salmon, and there was more salmon than tuna…. (since tuna is what I like better right now..)

Tuna and salmon sashimi from Sushi & Co in Calgary

Tuna and salmon sashimi from Sushi & Co in Calgary

I didn't like the taste, but this mystery roll from Sushi & Co in downtown Calgary is photogenic!

I didn’t like the taste, but this mystery roll from Sushi & Co in downtown Calgary is photogenic!

They also included a miso soup, which I didn’t anticipate. Unfortunately we didn’t eat right away so when I got to the soup… it was already cold… (so I didn’t eat it either).

 

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2017 in Downtown Calgary, Sushi

 

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Oranj Sushi Bar – Edmonton

Bento box from Oranj Sushi Bar in West Edmonton Mall

Bento box from Oranj Sushi Bar

I was up in Edmonton for a workshop and to see some friends, and while I was there I popped into West Edmonton Mall to do some shopping. My friend wasn’t getting off work until nearly 7pm and I was getting hungry, so I looked at the menu and saw only two places for sushi – one fast-food, and one sit-down restaurant. I opted for the latter, and found myself at Oranj Sushi Bar.

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Posted by on December 1, 2017 in Out of town - Alberta, Sushi

 

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Hot food from Sushi Aji

Agadashi Tofu from Sushi Aji in Vancouver

Agedashi Tofu from Sushi Aji

As I mentioned in my last post, I visited Sushi Aji twice during my visit to Vancouver last weekend. My first visit was wonderful, with delicious sushi and sashimi. This time around though I decided I wanted some of their cooked food, and decided to take advantage of their all-day meal deal – three items plus soup for under 11$. (Oh Vancouver… how you torment me with your affordable sushi…)

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Posted by on October 1, 2017 in Gyoza (Dumplings), Out of town - BC, Sushi

 

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Sushi Aji Vancouver

Ikura (salmon roe) from Sushi Aji in Vancouver

Ikura from Sushi Aji in Vancouver

While I was in Vancouver in late September I popped into a sushi place close to my hotel that was celebrating it’s grand opening.

I ordered a half-order of tuna sashimi, two ikura (salmon roe) and two chopped scallop rolls. They were all pretty much perfect! The meal also comes with free green tea, like most places in Vancouver seem to… different from Calgary restaurants.

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Posted by on September 28, 2017 in Out of town - BC, Sushi

 

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Maruju Sushi on Centre Street YYC

Tuna, avocado, and mango 'tartar' from Maruju sushi on centre street just north of Chinatown in Calgary

Tuna, avocado, and mango ‘tartar’ from Maruju sushi on centre street just north of Chinatown in Calgary

There’s a meeting place I’ve been going to a lot lately, but I always seem to mis-time how long it will take for me to get there from work… so I always end up being 30-60 minutes earlier than I need to be. While normally I’ll pop over into Starbucks across the street… one time I stopped in at Maruju Sushi.

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