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Goro + Gun

Spicy cold seafood ramen from Goro + Gun

Spicy cold seafood ramen from Goro + Gun

Goro + Gun has been on my ‘want-to-visit’ list pretty much since they opened, but when I stopped working downtown, I stopped spending nearly as much time down there – and when I was down there it was usually for other things, so it took a long time before finally checking them out!

My companion was keen on visiting them as well – a Japanese noodle house (with a pretty respectable-looking sushi menu) we figured it would be the best of both worlds.

Despite the restaurant being pretty empty when we went (well after the big lunch rush, and on a Saturday at that) it seemed to take a fair amount of time to get us a seat – it appeared as though a family leaving were having a problem, and were rightfully unimpressed. I’ll admit, it kind of set me in a discouraged mood to start out the experience. We were seated very near the open-concept style kitchen to watch the chefs work (which I’m neither impressed by nor annoyed by, so no matter) with a somewhat distracting view of some anime cartoons running endlessly.

Goro + Gun menu partial

Goro + Gun menu partial

I had the Spicy Cold Seafood Ramen: $14:
“cold ramen noodles, cucumbers, tomatoes, seaweed, smoked egg, fresh greens, sesame vinaigrette, no broth”

It was quite delicious, though very spicy, and not very much seafood – one piece each of salmon, tuna, and shrimp. I was kind of disappointed with that, though the rest of the dish was very filling – I took what I couldn’t finish in-house home to enjoy for dinner too. I don’t think I’d order it again… mostly because I’d like a little more seafood!

Mushroom tempura bento

Mushroom tempura bento

My companion had the Mushroom Tempura Bento: $14.

“tempura mushrooms, ground radish, ginger tempura sauce” served with ” 2 pieces of lobster California rolls, fresh
greens, steamed rice, kimchi + miso soup”

This seemed like a pretty nice variety of what Goro + Gun has to offer – and while the kimchi was very spicy, my companion liked it a great deal, especially with the rice. (I had a nibble too and it was good!) The tempura on the other hand was pretty oily, the greens were average, and the roll was pretty disappointing – neither of us could see nor taste any lobster in them at all.

Miso soup from Goro + Gun

Miso soup from Goro + Gun

The miso soup it came with… just miso soup. Nothing really special either way.

All in all – while I had been so looking forward to checking out Goro + Gun, it was ultimately pretty disappointing. I also thought that their sushi & sashimi selections were WAY overpriced (unless the  price listed is for multiple pieces… the menu doesn’t indicate) and we really did have the two most appealing non-sushi items on the menu.  I really don’t think that I’ll make a point of going back again; there are plenty of really great sushi places, noodle houses, and Japanese food restaurants downtown that I’d visit again first.

 

Feel like checking them out yourself?

Goro + Gun
Stephen Avenue
225 7th Ave SW
Calgary, AB
http://goroandgun.ca/home

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Posted by on October 8, 2015 in Downtown Calgary, Sushi

 

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Azuma Sushi – Victoria, BC

 

Tuna sashimi from Azuma Sushi

Tuna sashimi from Azuma Sushi

Well since I took a bit of a break from my Iceland posts to share the Taste of Calgary 2014 with you, I figured I’d postpone getting back to Iceland a bit longer, and bounce off to my August trip to Victoria, BC.

I’m not entirely sure how to rate Azuma Sushi – I’m not sure if I should give it a good rating (for food, price) or a poor one (due to one really rather serious problem…so let’s start off with the good…

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Posted by on October 1, 2014 in Out of town - BC, Sushi

 

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Itami Sushi – Victoria

my companion's bento box from Itami Sushi in Victoria

my companion’s bento box from Itami Sushi in Victoria

Regular Happy Sushi Belly readers might remember I posted a while back about a trip to Victoria, BC. Of course, I had to get my west-coast sushi fix while I was there! One of the places I visited was Itami Sushi in downtown Victoria, very close to The Bay Centre – and our hotel!

Ups and downs

There were some downsides to our experience at Itami – mostly relating to service. We went in just after the “lunch rush” and there weren’t many people in the restaurant eating – and also not very many staff. The hostess seemed to be doing double-duty, and we waited a while for her attention before being seated. Our server was also either forgetful or distracted, offering very poor service. We asked for a fork, which never came – instead we ended up going up to the counter to get one from the chef! Likewise she never came around to check how our meal was, nor offered to refill our water glasses which were empty near the end of our meal, and sitting on the edge of the table to catch her attention. Considering the number of other sushi places nearby, I’d find it hard to give a great review… except… Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2014 in Out of town - BC, Sushi

 

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Sushi Hanami revisited

When I go out for sushi, I want sushi, but often enough I’m going out with someone who isn’t in the mood for a just sushi meal, so close by is Sushi Hanami, which I’ve blogged about before.

If you’re not interested in sushi, they offer a fairly substantial bento box, for a very reasonable price.

My companion's bento box

For lunch, the bento box was 11$ (plus tax, tip, etc) which seems like a pretty good price.  It included Chicken, tempura, a few pieces of nigiri sushi, half a roll, plus soup and a salad.  Pretty good, right?

The a la carte menu for sushi

For me though, I stuck with sushi!  I had my favorite special scallop rolls (which weren’t as good as they usually are), tobiko, and a “SST roll” (salmon, scallop, tuna) which I found really disappointing.  They’ve recently changed up their menu, and perhaps this is a new item – but it’s that “huge roll” style of roll that I don’t really care for.  When the chef combines flavors to create something tasty – I want to taste that combination – but with these large rolls I find that I have to pick them apart to eat them.  So, I get a bite of one thing, a bite of something else, and then a bite of something else.  😦

My SST roll

I also like it when something has the ingredients – and lists ALL of the ingredients.  This roll seemed to be half lettuce – which I had not anticipated – and it’s all that I could really taste in this roll.

Flying fish roe and special scallop rolls

Have you tried any of the items on the new menu?  What are your favorites? Let us know in the comments below, or read my previous blog post about Sushi Hanami!

Sushi Hanami
4604 37 St SW
Calgary, AB
(403) 242-3131

Pst – sorry for the weird photos – they were taken with my iPhone instead of my camera.

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Posted by on August 20, 2011 in South-West Calgary, Sushi

 

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Sushi Hanami

Sushi Hanami is located in a former Robin’s Donuts (doughnuts) shop, and there have been a few other things in this location since.  However, Sushi Hanami has been here for a number of years now, though I only started visiting fairly recently.

First off, I wouldn’t recommend going in the evening for dinner. The hostess has routinely been distracted/rude to me, while paying a lot of attention to other people in the restaurant.  However, she only seems to work in the evening, and other times I’ve gone there (late afternoon and lunchtime) she doesn’t seem to work there.  The other staff have always been fantastic; attentive without overbearing, prompt and helpful.

There is a fair amount of take-out traffic that comes through Sushi Hanami; I’ve done take-out as well, and although I don’t like it as much (something is lacking in the whole sushi experience when I’m eating out of styrofoam!) it’s a decent alternative if you live nearby. (Or, if like me, you want to have dinner with someone who doesn’t like sushi…)

2 gyoza from Sushi Hanami

I’ve been there for lunch with a friend as well, and the bento boxes are pretty substantial and a decent price.  However, when I go for sushi, I want sushi!  Sushi Hanami’s is good, but I wouldn’t consider it to be exceptional.  The tempura is a bit oily, so only order a few pieces at a time – so they don’t cool off before you eat them.  I think this is good advice for most tempura though!  The gyoza is good, but I’m still looking for the Best Gyoza in Calgary.. and unfortunately this isn’t it.  😦   They are also somewhat different shaped than other places – which leads me to suspect that others might be ordering them from a supplier ready-to-cook, while perhaps Sushi Hanami are making their own?  Even if the flavor isn’t the best I’ve ever tasted, this would certainly kick them up a few notches in the ranking in my books!

The saving grace, and what will keep me going back – they do a really good job of my favorite – special scallop rolls!  Now, if they could also start offering Ikura – salmon roe – my second favorite style of battleship sushi right now, then I would probably start going there even more often!

Want to read someone else’s thoughts on Sushi Hanami? Check out the Cowtown Epicurean blog from December 2010!

Have you been to Sushi Hanami?  What did you think of the service? Please share your thoughts below!

Sushi Hanami
4604 37 St SW
Calgary, AB
(403) 242-3131
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Posted by on May 5, 2011 in Gyoza (Dumplings), South-West Calgary, Sushi

 

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