Calgary Restaurant: Himalayan

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This is our first time trying Nepali cuisine. It was a year ago when I tried to dine here with my friend without making a reservation. I still remembered clearly, we were being told right away that there was no way we could secure a table that evening. We understood they might have been fully booked that day, but we were quite disappointed with the hostess’ attitude to make no attempt to explain the situation to us at all. For a long while, I refused to even go near it. Until recently, it reopened after summer-long renovation. I thought maybe its service might have improved as well and deserve a try. This time, I ensured I made a reservation beforehand.

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Calgary Restaurant: Mango Shiva

Calgary’s dining festival, Big Taste, kicked off last Friday. As a foodie, it is the event that I don’t want to miss. It is a great opportunity to sample dishes at new restaurants at a reasonable price. One of our friends is Muslim and can only eat halal food. To respect his religious dietary restriction, we decided to go to Mango Shiva on Stephen avenue as its lunch set menu is vegetarian friendly.

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Calgary Restaurant: Carino Japanese Bistro

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Not long ago, we visited Carino, a Japanese Italian fusion restaurant, with a few friends. The restaurant is hidden on the first floor of an old, tiny building. From the outside you could hardly tell it is a bistro+wine bar. However,  as soon as you walked in, you would feel as if you entered a totally different world. Click to read more!

Calgary Restaurant: Tandoori Hut

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Last Saturday evening, we were in the Kensington neighborhood and passed by this Indian restaurant that our friend recommended. This restaurant has great ambience and looks very fancy. It wasn’t an extremely busy night, probably because of the cold, but was filled with fair amount of customers.

Kev and I ordered one meat dish (coconut chicken curry, $14.95) , one vegetarian dish (vegetable vindaloo, $9.95) and some garlic naan ($2.95 each) to share. Our server was attentive and the food arrived quickly.

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Before our curry arrived, the server put one heater kind of thing on our table to keep the curry dishes warm, which was sort of fancy. I never saw any of the Indian restaurants I have visited had such a thing for the customers.

Coconut Chicken Curry (left) and Vegetable Vindaloo (right)

Coconut Chicken Curry (left) and Vegetable Vindaloo (right)

Garlic Naan

Garlic Naan

The garlic naan was warm and freshly made. I could smell the heavy garlicky odor from afar. The coconut chicken curry had a sweet taste to it. The boneless chicken pieces were very tender. The vegetable vindaloo came with various ingredients, including green peas, carrots, potatoes, green beans and hot peppers. It tasted very spicy. We had to interchange between vegetable vindaloo and coconut chicken curry to calm the heat. In the end, we finished the whole dish of coconut chicken curry and had to take home the leftover vegetable vindaloo.

We were very satisfied with the quality of the food this place offered. It is, by far, the best Indian restaurant we have tried in Calgary. The prices are on the higher end , but the curries aren’t greasy and taste delicious!

My review: This place is like the godiva chocolate- is a bit pricey, the excellent food and service are worth the money.

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Calgary Restaurant: Globefish Sushi and Izakaya (Kensington)

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We have heard so many good things about Globefish from our friends, but never had a chance to go and dine there. Today, we finally paid it a visit!

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When I first walked in, I thought I was in the wrong place. Its trendy, modern decor didn’t occur to me that it is a Japanese restaurant. We went at dinner time, but it didn’t take us a long time to be seated. They served all kinds of Japanese food, from appetizer, teriyaki, udon to sashimi and rolls. We were feeling adventurous today so we decided to try their Japanese poutine and a few of their special rolls.

Japanese Poutine

Japanese Poutine

The Japanese poutine (yam fries topped with Japanese curry, mozzarella, seaweed powder) tasted surprisingly good. The curry lightened the greasiness of the fries but preserved the sweetness. It is a nice balance of western and asian flavors.

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Toro Sushi

Mt Fuji Roll

Mt Fuji Roll

Rainbow Roll

Rainbow Roll

God of Fire Roll

God of Fire Roll

Volcano Roll

Volcano Roll

Their seafood was quite fresh, given that we are in Calgary. I usually prefer simple, traditional rolls over special rolls, but Globefish’s rolls really blew my mind. The rice, sauce, seafood and vegetables balanced so well that created rich, yet not too overwhelming, flavors. In the end, you could come to enjoy the freshness of the seafood. Mt Fuji roll started with a tint of sweetness from the mango and left with the smoky taste of the smoked salmon. The rainbow roll came with assorted seafood (prawn, salmon, red tuna) which gave you a different experience with each piece you tried. My favorite is the god of fire roll-a simple roll with cucumber, tuna, salmon, masago and green onion served with special spicy sauce. The volcano roll which came with many different kinds of seafood e.g., sea urchin, scallop, salmon, crabmeat and tuna, isn’t bad either.

My review: This place is like the Portuguese egg tarts in Hong Kong. Somewhere that serves good JapaneseWestern fusion cuisine. It is quite expensive, but the food is deliciously good. 

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