Shibuya Izakaya: Sampling Japanese Fare

If it wasn’t apparent already, I really like my Japanese food. Having eaten at nearly every Japanese restaurant in Edmonton I’ve begun turning my eyes towards Calgary’s Japanese scene.

And today, I decided to try a bit of everything from Shibuya Izakaya.

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Sian City BBQ Bar: Beer and Skewers

Astute readers may remember President Fu from our Career Fair post several months ago. Well it turns out he’s been busy with other ventures in the background, as he had a very successful grand opening of his new restaurant with his wife this weekend: Sian City BBQ Bar.

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Tang Dynasty: Chinese Grill Masters

Grilling with live coals is not exactly easy, or cheap. Which is probably why so many places use a gas grill instead. But about a year ago Tang Dynasty decided to implement a BBQ grill with actual coals.

And from the first skewer you pop into your mouth, you can taste the difference it makes.

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Kanpai Sushi: Classic and New Japanese

It’s a bit of a cliché really. But we stumbled upon Kanpai Sushi wandering around downtown Calgary looking for some dinner.

And as always when you stumble into a random restaurant, it’s usually better than what you expect and Kanpai was no exception.

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South Silk Road: Authentic Yunnan Province Cuisine

Despite being nearly a decade since I’ve been back to China I still have fond and vivid memories of the cuisine. And once in a while I find a restaurant that is able to bring those memories back in full force. A restaurant like South Silk Road.

Nothing against North Americanized food court Chinese food. But I wouldn’t brave icy roads and winter storms for that stuff.

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Gangnam Street: Street Food without being in Korea

Street food is a difficult thing to consistently get in Edmonton. Possibly because half the time our city is literally frozen and it hurts to go outside. Fortunately Gangnam Street is now a restaurant that exists, allowing us to enjoy authentic Korean street food without having to brave the cold.

Or fly all the way to Korea. That part is also nice.

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XO Bistro: Modern Asian Fusion

It’s rare to find a fusion restaurant that respects all parts of what’s being fused together. XO Bistro has been able to create dishes that are better than the sum of their parts, that both look and taste great.

There is nothing boring. No concerns of dishes being half thought out. Just a respect for the food and doing justice to the culture.

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