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Back to the Hot Stone Rice Bowl’s new menu

Not long ago I posted about Hot Stone Rice Bowl’s new menu. Not too long after that I headed over there again and tried one of the new rolls on the menu.

This quick little post is just here to show off some of the deliciousness – with photos from my iPhone.

Cherry Blossom Roll

I had the Cherry Blossom Roll (8 pieces for $12.95) which includes salmon, avocado,  and red tuna all topped with seaweed salad and tobiko. It was pretty good, and I’d have it again.

Lion King Roll

I also had the Lion King Roll (8 pieces for $12.95) which is Cajun salmon tempura, cucumber, masago, cream cheese, salmon, and avocado, topped with lemon and sweet sauces.  I didn’t like this one nearly as much – the sauces made the roll kind of fall apart too much, and I wasn’t a fan of the Cajun salmon tempura inside.

Lion King Roll

I also took a quick photo of my companion’s chicken noodle bowl.  Apparently it is really tasty too!

Noodle bowl

Hot Stone Rice Bowl
3003 37st SW
Calgary, AB
(403) 503-0404

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Posted by on October 18, 2012 in South-West Calgary, Sushi

 

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Hot Stone Rice Bowl – new menu

So a while back I went to Hot Stone Rice Bowl on 37th Street SW and they have a new menu!

Hot Stone Rice Bowl’s new menu

There are a few new items on it, but I ordered the yam tempura roll – which is a yam tempura spring roll (more spring roll than tempura as far as I could see) with lettuce and teriyaki sauce.

Yam tempura roll

My review – eh. The yam was a bit mushy and warm, which just went against what I am used to with sushi rolls.  The flavour also relied heavily on the sauce – which was fine, just not something I’d order again.

Hot Stone Rice Bowl
3003 37st SW
Calgary, AB
(403) 503-0404

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Posted by on October 14, 2012 in South-West Calgary, Sushi

 

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Sushi: Hot Stone Rice Bowl

Wow it has been over a month since I posted – I guess September was a busier month than I thought it was! This is not much of a post, and not much of a picture either!

Not too long ago I popped into Hot Stone Rice Bowl with a friend for dinner – and despite Connie’s unhappy experience with the Crazy Buster (Deep fried salmon spring roll, fresh tuna, salmon, green onion and garlic chips topped with spicy sauce) roll, I was really in the mood for something “different” and so I thought I would give the Fire Cracker Roll (6 pieces for $9.95) a try.

Sushi from Hot Stone Rice Bowl

This is a salmon spring roll inside of a roll, then covered with spicy sauce and lemon sauce, and topped with a piece of smoked salmon.  To start off the salmon on top was miniscule – really not worth talking about  – and the roll was huge – almost too big to eat – which is a pain, because biting through the spring roll is also hard.  Also, because the roll was drenched in so much sauce (as you can see in the iPhone photo) the roll pretty much fell apart as I was trying to eat it.  Very disappointing.  Not recommended.

Though, I definitely DO recommend Hot Stone Rice Bowl.  Just not their spring roll sushi rolls.

Hot Stone Rice Bowl
3003 37st SW
Calgary, AB
(403) 503-0404

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Posted by on October 10, 2012 in South-West Calgary, Sushi

 

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Hot Stone Rice Bowl once again

Just another quick post about a recent visit to Hot Stone Rice Bowl. It isn’t my favorite place close to home, but since they have a nice selection of non-sushi items, I’ve been with a non-sushi-loving companion a few times in the last while.

Mango and salmon roll

While my companion had a beef rice bowl (usually she has a chicken one, and said this was just as good) I had a mango and salmon roll (good, but not great – the mango wasn’t as soft as I like it best to blend with the salmon flavour). I also had tuna sashimi (served again on the seashell and wreath like before).

Tuna sashimi

I also had an Alaska roll – sort of.  It was really a California roll topped with a very skimpy amount of smoked salmon.

Alaska roll

So, not my favourite place to go, but still pretty good and a good compromise for sushi-and-non-sushi-lovers.
Hot Stone Rice Bowl
3003 37st SW
Calgary, AB
(403) 503-0404

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Posted by on August 1, 2012 in South-West Calgary, Sushi

 

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Sushi: back to Hot Stone Rice Bowl

In early July I posted about Hot Stone Rice Bowl – well shortly before the (scheduled) post was published, I went back again, and unplanned, had almost the exact same order!

We went to the Hot Stone Rice Bowl primarily so that I could have sushi, and my companion could have one of their rice bowls.  She had the chicken rice bowl, which she likes, finding it interesting and nice flavours, plus very filling.  We also split an order of gyoza, and each had a coconut slush (rather than a bubble tea).

The gyoza was ok – not great, but ok.  Like the last time I had it, it seemed a bit too fried for my liking, though the flavour was nice.  I don’t think I’d order them again (which… I think I said last time too! This time it wasn’t me who ordered them though!).

Hot Stone Rice Bowl sashimi

I also had an order of tuna and salmon sashimi – the salmon was cut quite small, but was tasty, and the tuna was excellent – next time… just tuna sashimi perhaps!

I also had the good-old-Rainbow roll again as well; so delicious!  I really liked the mango slices on top, though my companion snagged the most mango – mostly in an effort to avoid the raw fish!

Hot Stone Rice Bowl Rainbow Roll

Although they don’t have my two top favorite sushi flavours, I’d definitely head back to Hot Stone Rice Bowl if heading out with a friend who didn’t love sushi.. their non-sushi menu is pretty large, giving lots of options for the non-sushi lovers.  They also have a lot of “easy” first-timer sushi options for those who might be a bit shy or new to trying sushi.

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3003 37st SW
Calgary, AB
(403) 503-0404

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Posted by on July 20, 2012 in South-West Calgary, Sushi

 

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Sushi: Hot Stone Rice Bowl

Interior – faces blurred for privacy

I used to really enjoy Primal Grounds (a small cafe with fantastic sandwiches and desserts) but when they left their location on 37th Street SW, an asian restaurant called Hot Stone Rice Bowl moved in.  I first popped in shortly after they started, and wasn’t impressed (although they advertised sushi, they didn’t have any, and the sandwiches they had on the menu weren’t nearly as good as Primal Grounds.

However, back in May (Goodness it has been a while! Time to go back!) I visited Hot Stone Rice Bowl again upon the recomendation of  a co-worker, (and I checked out the comments on UrbanSpoon as well!) and I’m glad that I did!

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Back page of the menu

Although the restaurant is just as casual as the coffee shop before, they have definitely defined their menu – the sandwiches are gone, and instead there are noodle bowls, bubble tea, sushi, sashimi, and other Korean and Japanese dishes.

While we were looking at the menu, the back page had something neither of us had tried before (though a friend of mine had recently recommended from another sushi house – Sushi Pizza.  The Avalanche dish had Unagi sauce where the Volcano dish had spicy sauce in it’s place.  While we were trying to decide on the rest of our selections, we ordered the Volcano Sushi Pizza.  The Volcano Sushi Pizza include sushi rice (fried up tempura-style) with salmon, green onion, massago, lemon sauce, and spicy sauce.

Volcano Sushi Pizza

The Sushi Pizza didn’t come first, but it did come very soon, and was very interesting!  It was four pieces, about the same size as regular nigiri-style sushi.  It wasn’t easy to eat with chopsticks, so we used our fingers instead – with me picking off the onion of course!  The fried rice was kind of strange, but not bad. I’d definitely have it again if I was in the mood! Although I could definitely smell the spicy sauce, I didn’t find it too spicy – it was a good blend.

Menu

After ordering the appetizer, we got to work on the rest of the menu – although they had several different styles of nigiri sushi, they didn’t have ANY of our favorites… so instead we looked to the roll menu, since they had a few interesting rolls.  While most of the rolls on the menu were pretty ordinary, they had four unusual ones – I chose the Rainbow Roll (since I wasn’t in the mood for most of the other styles) and my companion chose the Crazy Buster.  We both also ordered a tuna and salmon sashimi, and we split an order of gyoza.

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Free salad

While we were waiting, the server delivered salad – we hadn’t anticipated this, and maybe if we had, we might not have ordered as much.  Oh well!  The salad was very nice – it seemed as though there were a lot of dressing when it arrived – but it was very light and tasted really good.

Our order arrived randomly, and a lot at once, so I don’t really remember the order in which it arrived, but I do remember the specific dishes.

Gyoza

So, first up that I’ll talk about is the gyoza. This was alright – a bit over-fried for my liking, but alright. It comes as a hard-to-share plate of 5. The filling was tasty, but I don’t really think that I’d order it again, simply because of the frying.  It wasn’t as bad as the over-fried gyoza at MomoYama a while back, but just not the way I like it.  The search for the best gyoza continues!

Tuna and salmon sashimi

Next, the sashimi – this was pretty good – we appreciated that the price for just tuna, just salmon, or salmon and tuna (what we had) was the same – I have NO idea why some places charge an extra dollar to split the order…  However it was a 7 piece order (3 tuna, 4 salmon) which we found strange – it meant sharing wasn’t going to happen anyways.  The quantity (or rather, the size of each piece) was somewhat inconsistent -the salmon was pretty good, but the tuna was fairly small. The display was also really pretty – on seashells and little wooden wreaths, over ice.  However, like the Chef’s Studio Japan in Canmore, I’m somewhat concerned that serving raw fish over items that can’t be sterilized might be a recipe for trouble.  They were generous with the ginger though! If I have sashimi there again, I think I’ll just ask for it to be served on a regular plate.

Rainbow Roll

Next up, my Rainbow Roll.  Rainbow Rolls aren’t exactly something all that unusual – just a California Roll with layers of tuna, salmon, avocado, prawn, and in this case also mango on the outside.  This also had a lovely topping of massago.  There was a very faint drizzle of sweet sauce on the roll as well, which I actually really liked.  The size of the roll was also JUST right – it was large enough to be satisfying, but not so huge that it had to be deconstructed in order to eat it…

Crazy Buster Roll

My companion ordered the Crazy Buster – which DID have to be deconstructed to be eaten.  She offered me a try, so I had the chance to try a piece. First off it was REALLY spicy – and between the onions and the garlic along with the spicy sauce, it was actually a bit too much for me. The Crazy Buster roll is a salmon spring roll wrapped along with tuna and salmon and served with the aforementioned onions, garlic chips and spicy sauce.  Because the spring roll (yep, an actual spring roll!) was so firm inside each of the pieces, it was impossible to bite into neatly, so I had to deconstruct the roll to eat it.  Although the flavours might have been nice – with the overwhelming spicy sauce, it was really hard to appreciate.  I personally wouldn’t order this – but if you like super-spicy and different rolls, it might be worth the try!

Menu

The staff were very attentive and the food was pretty good – and the prices were pretty reasonable as well.  I would definitely recommend going here if you are in the neighborhood. With a good selection of non-sushi items, it might also be a good place to go with a non-sushi-loving friend. I’ll have to suggest it sometime!

Parking is ok – there isn’t a lot, but the restaurant doesn’t seat a lot of people either.  They have a small patio for the summertime, but it wasn’t open yet in May.  They also seem to offer take-out, which might be worth a try one of these days as well.

The bill at the end…

So, have you tried the Hot Stone Rice Bowl yet – for sushi or one of their other dishes (like the hot stone rice bowl… haha)?  Let us know what you thought in the comments below!

Hot Stone Rice Bowl
3003 37st SW
Calgary, AB
(403) 503-0404

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