My friends love going out for sushi. When it’s decided that we’re heading out for some rolls, t’s always a little bit of a discussion picking out which restaurant to dine at. Like most people in Calgary, everyone has their favourite sushi place. Some people love Globefish, some like Wa’s (I love Wa’s), or Zipang in Bridgeland…this list can go on and on…No matter which place I truly love at the moment, I’m always up for trying out a new establishment.
Sho Sushi opened up recently on Macleod Trail, just south of Chinook Mall (it’s right beside Campers Village, everyone seems to know where that store is, but never goes in it…). As far as sushi restaurants go, this place is massive. It’s two floors and even has a small patio on the upper level. My friends and I popped in a couple weeks ago for lunch and were pleasantly surprised by the nice interior and their extensive menu. The price point here is amazingly low, with appetizers ranging from $3 to $7.50 and sushi rolls going for $3.50 to $9.90.
In any larger city-centre like Calgary you will find a plethora of sushi restaurants. This city may pale in comparison to Vancouver in this regard, but, nonetheless, we’ve got a lot of options. One of my favourite spots for sushi here in Calgary has got to be Sushi Kawa. The service is friendly (I love/hate the servers matching tuxedo-esque shirts), the food is brought out in a timely fashion, wait times are fairly minimal, and it’s not quite as expensive as other popular sushi joints in Calgary.
For starters, I always go for the Spicy Tempura Tofu. Even if you’re not a tofu fan, the spicy and tangy sauce that covers these crispy squares is, at the very least, worth a try! Standard issue tempura (shrimp, potato, etc…) is also a safe and tasty bet here.
The Spider Roll (pictured at top) is filled with tempura-style soft shell crab and veggies. Definitely my #1 choice off their Deluxe Maki menu. They also offer sushi platter combinations if you’re looking to stick to the basics.
Sushi Kawa‘s downside? The decor doesn’t really lend itself to a fine dining kind of experience, so I wouldn’t recommend it for a first date (and trust me, I’ve been on a lot of first dates). The same can be said about the multiple TV screens (which I hate in restaurants) constantly screening sumo wrestler battles (not joking). The menu itself is a bit strenuous, and turns out to be more heavy reading than you bargained for when you’re out for supper.
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