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Ramen restuarant by Globefish Calgary

pasaker Sep 18, 2008 10:48 AM

Hey Everyone!

I was just driving down...14st (?) I think, the street that goes by the Regal Bengal (sorry my memory is bad..) Globefish Sushi.. and I saw this other place I think it's called Masu or something right beside Globefish. It said on the sign that they serve ramen- but there was a "for sale" sign on the front of the. Does anyone know about this place? If so, are they already closed down? Because I'm looking for a good ramen/noodle place (other then Pho) to try out. Thanks!!!

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    itwillmakeaturd RE: pasaker Sep 18, 2008 02:35 PM

    It never opened afaik, and with the for sale sign after a month or two of nothing happening, I wouldn't hold your breath about it ever doing business. Disappointing - I love ramen too.

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      John Manzo RE: itwillmakeaturd Sep 18, 2008 03:38 PM

      It has not yet opened but they were shooting form Sept anyway- why would they go to the effort of changing signage? I don't get it.

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        ajy RE: itwillmakeaturd Sep 18, 2008 04:59 PM

        The for sale sign says land and building only, so maybe there's still hope.

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          ChrisA RE: ajy Sep 19, 2008 07:27 AM

          We asked two weeks ago in Globefish and they told us: (1) they are looking for a landlord, not selling the business (as ajy says) and (2) it would open in the next week. So don't hold your breath, but it's supposed to open soon. Now, if they'd only pave over the craters in that parking lot....

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            pasaker RE: ChrisA Sep 19, 2008 10:51 PM

            Hmmm, well I hope it opens, been craving ramen lately hehe. Chances are I'll drive by next week and see if they're open. If they are, I'll give you guys a heads up. :) But thanks for letting me know about the place, I thought it was closed business, but good to know that there's something to look forward too.

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              John Manzo RE: pasaker Sep 20, 2008 09:46 AM

              there might not be- we'll all keep our ears to the ground for sure. With the film fest on until the 28th and lots of screenings at the Plaza I'll be hanging around K'ton a lot the next while too.

      2. maplesugar RE: pasaker Sep 19, 2008 09:41 PM

        The former NW Globefish location will be Muku Noodle House, by Ota/Warabino/Nakamura and renos are apparently near completion.

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          John Manzo RE: maplesugar Sep 19, 2008 09:50 PM

          Globefish NW has been open in their new space for weeks now- it's the former Shan Tung space. The "Memu" or whatever it's called Ramen signage is up at OLD Globefish space next door- issue is that it also has a "for sale, building and land" sign on it.

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            maplesugar RE: John Manzo Sep 19, 2008 10:16 PM

            Sorry, thanks JM ...edited my unecessarily long post since further googling lead me to the new Globefish address etc apparently a lot happened while we were on vacation. Sorry.

        2. foodosopher RE: pasaker Sep 24, 2008 09:55 PM

          I was hoping they were open today. They were not. The lights etc.. were for the construction going on. Got a confirmed opening date though. October 1st.

          Here's to hoping they do a good job with the ramen.

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            shoku_tsu RE: foodosopher Sep 24, 2008 11:32 PM

            Good timing! Here's hoping its open when I am in town. Will be interesting to see how they handle this.

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              pasaker RE: foodosopher Sep 25, 2008 04:33 PM

              Wow, an official date of opening! That's great to hear. I've been trying to slow my ramen cravings this week and went to other restaurants around the city that offered it.

              According to some fellow Hounder's, Sushi Hibiki and Shikiji were the places to go for noodles and sushi. Sushi Hibiki was good, I liked their portions. I had their Tonkasu (?), their pork base soup (though there was no pork meat in it) but it was very good. At Shikiji, I had their Miso Ramen, which was very good also, but their portions were HUGE! I honestly was shocked at how big the bowl was.

              I hope this Musu place will be good...

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              Mawson Plan RE: pasaker Oct 1, 2008 05:59 PM

              I went to this place for lunch today. This will not be a great report as I don't remember as many details as I should- but I'l post it just to give an idea. I have never had ramen in Canada before so I have no real point of reference. This held up to Japanese ramen though. The broth was very rich, a bit too rich and thick maybe. They offer 4 types of ramen and a few other dishes like salads. All the ramen was pork broth and all of them came with pork. One type was spicy, one was extra pork, and I forget the difference between the other two. The noodles were chewy and eggy like they were in Japan. My soup came with some baby corn, green onion, pork pieces and hot paste. It was $10 which seemed high- but it was filling and pretty unique in Calgary so I think they can get away with it. They sell takoyaki, but deep fried rather than cooked on a takoyaki grill. I tried to talk the cook into getting a grill, serving draft beer and staying open late. He was a nice man from Hiroshima and told me he'd do what he could. Service was friendly. I will go back.

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                sharonanne RE: Mawson Plan Oct 1, 2008 07:58 PM

                ooooohhhh...almost wishing for ramen weather just to try it out. Going to the states for yogurt (and other things) and I'm sure the weather will have changed by the time I'm back.

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                  cleopatra999 RE: sharonanne Oct 2, 2008 08:29 AM

                  I LOVE Ramen, have not had a decent bowl since Japan. Will have to give this a try next time I am in Calgary. Too bad it is all pork though???

              2. John Manzo RE: pasaker Oct 3, 2008 06:17 PM

                Just got back from a DELICIOUS bowl of ramen w/ spicy shoyu broth and I also got extra chashu- it's very lean chashu.

                 
                 
                 
                1. pasaker RE: pasaker Oct 4, 2008 02:04 PM

                  I went to Muku last night for dinner. Now don't get me wrong this might not be as great as a report as some people may have said. I had the Tonkatsu ramen- basic ramen they offered. It just had a couple pieces of pork.

                  The things I liked were:

                  - The size of the bowl. The bowl was a very good serving size. Sometimes I feel if the bowl was too big, it doesn't look as appetizing- too much of a good thing.

                  - The noodles were great! I loved how they cooked the noodle, it was al dente. A bit chewy, not too soft.

                  - The service. The service was very good, the waitress was very polite. The food came quite fast as well.

                  - Parking was great.

                  Things I didn't like as much:

                  - The broth. Wooo, again too much of a good thing. It's probably just me, but that was some pork broth. It tasted quite heavy and quite rich for my own liking, but I'm sure a lot of people would enjoy it.

                  - The Wonton/Wunton. My SO had the wonton ramen, and they over cooked the wonton. It was quite soggy. The meat too tasted a little too soft. It was cooked, but I think it might have been over cooked. Could have been an off day.

                  - The pepper! They had just the black pepper on the table! I was hoping that they'll have that special red Japanese kind of pepper that you can on but they didn't. BUT that's just an aesthetic thing I have.

                  - The ginger, I think they should have separated the ginger.

                  Overall, I think considering that they were only open for less then 5 days. I think they still have some more stuff to work out and probably could decorate the place a bit more. But I'm sure it's going to be quite popular of a restaurant.

                  Thanks everyone for your comments!

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                    John Manzo RE: pasaker Oct 4, 2008 02:44 PM

                    wasn't thrilled about the ginger either- but I did mix it in and eat it, and it wasn't offensive but I'd prefer to try it without next time.

                    I like the rich broth! But I was also really hungry...

                  2. sharonanne RE: pasaker Jan 12, 2009 01:44 PM

                    Went for lunch today. Son had soy broth and I had miso.

                    As noted, we also liked the texture of the ramen and the lean pork. I had the wontons and they were fine to me although I can see how they might be a bit soft for some. The miso broth became quite strong as I neared the end but son says that's typical for miso broth and why he orders soy. The only ginger was in the wontons and there was red pepper mix on the table.

                    All round, was good, fast enough service for a weekday lunch, filling, decent price. Too bad the weather wasn't colder!

                    We were amazed at how much more meat we expect and eat here in Canada. Good but not likely healthy for us.

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                      23skidoo RE: pasaker Jan 12, 2009 08:26 PM

                      If you're looking for another noodle place, try Soba Ten. Just stick to the noodles! The sushi is not great, and the appetizers are hit and miss.

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                        peter.v RE: 23skidoo Jan 12, 2009 08:52 PM

                        Have you been there recently? I would be overjoyed if it has recovered from it's downturn the past couple of years, but if the noodles are back at full strength, that would be awesome! Soba Ten was my introduction to the lovely world of Japanese noodles. Their nabeyaki udon was fantastic and it was pretty hard to beat their curry soba for lunch.

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