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The Return of Soba Ten

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Gobstopper Apr 1, 2009 07:57 AM

I went twice just to make sure it wasn't a mistake - but Soba ten is back on it's feet with great soba (obviously) but improved sushi. Enjoyed excellent (and generous) scallop tempura rolls, a "best in class" avocado roll (cheap, but avocado inside and outside).

Prices remain great, and I know I'm glad to enjoy dinner for three with drinks and appetizers for ~50 bucks.

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  1. John Manzo RE: Gobstopper Apr 1, 2009 08:18 AM

    Please tell me this isn't an April Fool's joke, Mike- I actually considered Soba Ten my single favourite resto in Calgary about six years ago...

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      Gobstopper RE: John Manzo Apr 1, 2009 08:25 AM

      Not at all - The hardest working waitress in Calgary is back at work, and they've got a new "number 2" in the kitchen who seems to not only give a sh*t, but is making the sushi better then it was.

    2. sarah galvin RE: Gobstopper Apr 1, 2009 08:54 PM

      Where is it?

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        peter.v RE: sarah galvin Apr 1, 2009 09:04 PM

        Northeast corner of 11th Avenue and 5th Street SW.

        If it really has returned, this makes me very happy. Soba Ten was my introduction to the wonderful world of Japanese noodles and I would love to have it go back to its old standards (or apparently better!).

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          sarah galvin RE: peter.v Apr 3, 2009 05:59 PM

          So it is in the same location? Interesting.

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            John Manzo RE: sarah galvin Apr 3, 2009 07:24 PM

            It's never moved- but its quality went downhill a while back. Missteps included deciding to offer horrible sushi instead of just focussing on what was the only house-made soba in Canada, often-poor service, a terrible decision to offer a lunch buffet... it crashed pretty disastrously, so Gob's report is very encouraging.

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        jdelcorro RE: Gobstopper Apr 2, 2009 07:48 AM

        This place was my favorite back in the day, but slowly sunk into an abyss, devoid of passion. I hope you are right, cause that would be great for them. I miss Jacqueline and good Sansai Soba.

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          23skidoo RE: Gobstopper Apr 5, 2009 06:45 PM

          I was there three weeks ago, and I had soup with hard noodles, old tasting broth, and watery gyoza. The time before that, it was fishy tuna sushi.

          Have things changed in the past few weeks? Because I was never going to go back there again. To think it was so good 5 years ago!

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            sarah galvin RE: 23skidoo Apr 5, 2009 10:05 PM

            Did it change ownership?

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              MeXx RE: 23skidoo Apr 5, 2009 10:18 PM

              sounds like what i had last year... the noodles were disgusting... worst noodles i've EVER had in my life...

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                Bagel Guy RE: 23skidoo Apr 7, 2009 02:29 PM

                Add me to the list. Miss L and I were there a few weeks back (we're just up the street) and it was pretty sad ... food and service. Hope it has improved. We'll give it one more try.

              2. Bagel Guy RE: Gobstopper May 5, 2009 02:29 PM

                Soba Ten has been closed by an order of the Calgary Health Region since April 27. Some pretty serious infractions. It doesn't look like it will re-open soon.

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                  seemac70 RE: Bagel Guy May 5, 2009 04:42 PM

                  Too bad, it used to be a gem.

                  Brace for more closures in Calgary...

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                    John Manzo RE: Bagel Guy May 9, 2009 04:16 PM

                    It's open, in fact we had lunch there today.

                    It wasn't terrible- some items were quite good. I got the 3-item lunch combo with curry soba w/ chicken, veg gyoza, and oyako don. All of my stuff was decent- happy to say that the soba was just as I remember it and this was a good, comforting bowl. Gyoza were quite good, not Gyoza King (Van) standard but not bad, and it's nice to have an option w/ gyoza besides pork. Oyako don was a little soupy, and I much prefer the version at Oishii, but it was quite nice but I was too stuffed to finish it. On my side a solid 7/10.

                    Partner did not have the same luck. He got a half order of veggie soba and a medium order of tempura with the request that it not contain any squid. The soba had a nice texture just as did mine, but the broth had the unpleasant, chemical-y sour taste of reconstituted dried shiitake- this was once one of my favourite meals in town and it was really rather unpleasant. Tempura were fine incl one spear of delectable asparagus, but there were THREE pieces of squid. Also the hot green tea was lukewarm and consequently only tasted of lukewarm water. 6/10 on his side would have been generous, sadly.

                    But the price was right (mine was $12.95 for simply too much food just like the old days at Soba Ten) and I wouldn't sign the death certificate just yet.

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