Calgary Restaurant: Ichi Rock [ra:ku]

After hearing my Asian friends praising about Ichi Rock’s sushi, I couldn’t resist the temptation to confirm the verdict myself. Finally, last month, while deciding the location for the lunch date with Lisa from Lemon Lime Lisa, I took the liberty of choosing Ichi Rock [ra:ku].

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Calgary Restaurant: Shibuya Izakaya

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What would be a casual place to meet up with friends and have a drink? If you were in Japan, you look for izakaya (i.e. Japanese bar). A few izakaya could be found in Calgary, Shibuya being one of them.  Click to read more!

Seattle Restaurant: Musashi’s

We made it our goal to eat as much sushi as we could when we were in Seattle because, you know, it is not easy for us Albertans to get fresh seafood. However, after having the freshest, most exquisite sushi at Shiro’s, it is pretty difficult to find any other restaurant that’s up to that standard. Sometimes I was not even sure if our palate got more refined, or the food was just bad.

On our last day in Seattle, we took a short trip from Ballard to Wallingford to check out Musashi’s, a Japanese restaurant that was highly rated on Yelp and Urbanspoon for its sushi.

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Seattle Restaurant: Shiro’s

If you’re a big sushi lover, you certainly have heard of Jiro, the world famous sushi master, and the documentary film, Jiro Dreams of Sushi. It is every serious sushi diner’s dream to visit his restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro, in Tokyo. We might not have the luxury to fly all the way to Japan and spend $300 per person on a meal, but we would definitely jump on a chance to eat at his apprentice’s restaurant that is less than 2 hours away from home.

To ensure we wouldn’t get stuck in a never-ending long lineup, we made a reservation a week prior to our Seattle trip. If you would like to dine at the sushi bar counter and watch the chefs making sushi in front of your eyes, sorry, you will have to wait in line.

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Calgary Restaurant: Gachi

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I have very low tolerance for unauthentic Asian cuisine, especially for Japanese, Korean, Malaysian and Chinese food. I get it, this is not Asia. We can’t get 100% original dishes served to us all the time. You may argue that restaurants have to adapt to local tastes, just like Western fast food chains needed to “localize” their menu items as they entered the Asian market. True, but I also believe that by adding creativity and introducing elements of different culinary traditions to your food might be a smarter way to attract a broader group of diners. Today, I am sharing with you a restaurant we recently found that did just that! 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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