Calgary Restaurant: Cafe 100%

Disclaimer: I was formally invited and ate with the restaurant owner. The meal was paid for by Cafe 100%. The review does not include comments on service because we were obviously treated differently as invited guests as opposed to restaurant patrons. All opinions are my own and I tried my best to highlight the goods and bads. All photos (except the ‘entrance’ shot) are provided by the restaurant. 

I was honored to be invited by Cafe 100% earlier this month to visit their restaurant. Just opened about 2 months ago, Cafe 100% has quickly captured attention, particularly from young adults. Having heard my Chinese friends praising about their food, I made a mental note to try certain dishes, but never really got the chance to check it out myself. As the opportunity came along, Kev and I gladly accepted it. It’s about time to try something new! Click to read more!

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Calgary Restaurant: Goro + Gun

Just returning from Taiwan where top-notch Japanese noodle houses are overly abundant, I currently have very low desire to try ramen in the western land. Especially after having tried most of the Japanese ramen restaurants in Calgary (including Muku, Shiki Menya, Shijiki) and discovered none of them were up to the standard, I have lost confidence in finding one that is truly authentic.  Click to read more!

Calgary Restaurant: Izumi Sushi Yokozuna

One of the most inconvenient things in Calgary is trying to find a restaurant on a holiday. We stumbled upon Izumi Sushi, a Japanese restaurant on Macleod Trail, when a group of us attempted to feed our hunger on a long weekend holiday back in February. We were almost drowning in tears when we finally found a place that was open.

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My Favorite Taiwanese Street Food

I went back to my home country, Taiwan, last month and had the chance to devour my all-time favorite, great Taiwanese “small eats” (xiaochi, i.e. “snacks”). Here I’m going to share with you some popular ones that you can find at hawker stalls on the street or in the night markets. Click to read more!

Vancouver Restaurant: Chef Hung Taiwanese Beef Noodle

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Another food I wanted to try while I was in Vancouver was authentic Taiwanese food to cure my homesickness. Kev’s friend recommended Chef Hung, an award winning beef noodles restaurant chain around the world. We visited the restaurant on the 2nd floor of Aberdeen Center. Click to read more!

Calgary Restaurant: Fuji Yama

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Kev bought a $40 for $20 coupon for this restaurant few days ago so we gave this place a try on the halloween night. This place is located on 17th ave, in the basement of a building. To enter the restaurant, you have to walk around to the back of the building.

The restaurant is unexpectedly big and has a quite modern design. Despite that it wasn’t busy on a Thursday night, our food took some time to arrive…

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Tempura (regular)

I wasn’t very impressed with the tempura. The shrimps are heavily coated with the tempura batter. As a result, it is oily and all I could taste is the bits of batter. Also, the dipping sauce that comes with it is just not right. Usually, tempura is served with the tentsuyu sauce and grated daikon white radish. However, all we were given is a soy sauce.

Nabeyaki Udon

Nabeyaki Udon

The nabeyaki udon is so so. The udon is chewy, the ingredients are alright, but the soup is just too salty. The soup is supposed to be a bit lighter and sweeter. I guess they just put too much soy sauce and salt in it.

Fuji Battleship (top) and Sweet Venom (bottom)

Fuji Battleship (top) and Sweet Venom (bottom)

We also order some fancy sushi rolls. Fuji Battleship is their new invention- made with crab meat, mango, avocado, seared salmon, scallop, topped with mayo sauce and black tobiko. Kev really likes the seared salmon; however, besides the strong taste of seared salmon, you can’t really taste anything else. Sweet Venom is one of their special rolls- made with salmon mango, cucumber, avocado, cream cheese, mayo and tobiko. At first, you can taste the sweetness of mango. Then, your mouth is filled with the creamy taste of cream cheese and mayo. This is not really my cup of tea because I am not a fan of mayo or cream cheese.

My review: I would say this is like a no name peanut butter cups. An alternative that some may like but a pale imitation of the real thing.

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