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looking for AYCE Sushi place in Calgary

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chewy_bakah Nov 10, 2009 09:17 AM

We used to go to Sumo's for the AYCE but they've renovated and moved away from that concept

So just wondering if anyone has been to an AYCE sushi place that is good. We also know of the Sushi BBQ inn on the 16th but we didn't quite like it.

Any tips?

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    Booques Nov 10, 2009 11:42 AM

    My husband swears by the Sushi Ichiban on Macleod Trail S. He's a big fan of the ginger chicken there as well as the rolls.

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      chewy_bakah Nov 20, 2009 03:20 PM

      The buffet is $23 for Mon- Thurs and $26 for the weekend. It's half price for children 3-9 years old.

      The food was mediocre ie heavily battered greasy tempura, cloudy salty miso soup to ok maki rolls ie dynamite but what really turned me off was the personal hygiene of the chefs. The chefs are at the back of the resturant and you can see them from the tables if you are facing them. One chef was rubbing and picking his nose while reading a magazine and the other was actually picking his teeth with a toothpick. This is done between orders. That grossed me out way too much.

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      miss.foodie Nov 10, 2009 12:49 PM

      Apparently there's a second location of Sushi Ichiban off Bow Tr behind Jubiliations. I've heard that one's better but I haven't tried it myself. Also, there is AYCE at SUshi Tokyo in Chinatown (corner of 4thAve and Centre St). I couldn't vouch for quality at these places because I don't do AYCE. My favourite sushi places are Wa's and Zipang. I've eaten off the regular menu at these AYCE places but I didn't enjoy them. I know it's not fair to compare AYCE places to the traditional authentic places... so perhaps you can check them out to see if it's to your liking.

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        chewy_bakah Nov 11, 2009 06:56 AM

        havent been to wa's but love zipangs too

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          23skidoo Nov 11, 2009 12:29 PM

          Sushi Tokyo is not very good. (assuming that's the restaurant you're talking about on Centre St & 4th Ave). Tiny, dry pieces of fish.

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            swbossert Nov 13, 2009 01:34 PM

            I believe Sushi Tokyo has changed owners... 5 of us were there about a month ago and the staff and decor had changed. And the service was very slow. I don't be back there for a while.

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              sarah galvin Nov 15, 2009 02:33 AM

              The one behind Jubilations is good. I have eaten there several times.

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              23skidoo Nov 10, 2009 01:30 PM

              Kinjo on Macleod has AYCE. It's not the best restaurant, but not terrible.

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                hsk Nov 10, 2009 06:23 PM

                I'm curious what people see in AYCE sushi. I've been a couple of times but I've found it's always been pricier than all the sushi I wanted to eat at a regular sushi place. I think I have a pretty healthy appetite. Am I missing something?

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                  23skidoo Nov 10, 2009 07:21 PM

                  I usually do AYCE with friends who want a lot of non-sushi items like teriyaki, gyoza, etc.

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                  chewy_bakah Nov 11, 2009 06:55 AM

                  ok thanks everyone

                  It's not a matter eating as much as possible but having a choice. You can try different things in a buffet and have more of what you like. :D

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                    slingshotz Nov 12, 2009 12:01 PM

                    We've been going to Sushi King on 16th Ave and about 3rd st (where the old Mamma's used to be) and it's acceptable for AYCE. I like it slightly better than Sushi BBQ Inn and Ichiban.

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                      chewy_bakah Nov 13, 2009 12:41 PM

                      clicking on the sushi king link takes me to vancouver

                      Are you referring to
                      Sushi King Restaurant Ltd maps.google.com

                      320 16 Avenue Nw
                      Calgary, AB T2M 0H6, Canada
                      (403) 276-7874

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                        slingshotz Nov 23, 2009 08:50 AM

                        Yup that's the one.

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