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I'm heading to Calgary soon and would love to be able to find a really good sushi establishment. Can somebody make a recommend ? Thanks

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  1. Wa's is very good. It is just off 16th Ave and Center Street N.

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    1. re: lobo1

      I definitely recommend Wa's as well. They are very authentic and are owned/run by Japanese.

    2. Where to find good sushi in Calgary has been discussed and debted several times. These are two of the more recent threads:

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/659188
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/467443

      My personal favorite is Globefish, there are two locations, one in Marda Loop(SW) and one in Hillhurst(NW).

      HTH,
      M

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      1. re: maplesugar

        thank you for the links.....your right...its being a subject of conversation before....but now I do have a place to try...cheers !!!!

      2. Wa's or El's in Mardaloop.

        Or I like Shibuya for more izakaya type of establishment

        1. Hey Stuke,

          IMHO, the best sushi in Calgary is Sushi Club. Wa is pretty good. Globefish is decent (but you are paying for the atmosphere). Shibuya is average at best (but they are open late, assuming you can find parking).

          What I like most about Sushi Club is that you'll have a chance to hit some exotic fish that you will normally not find at most other sushi restaurant. However, here's the catch, they get their imported fish on Wednesday and their domestic fish on Thursday. So if you go on a Friday (or the weekend), the best fish are usually gone. There are two dishes that I feel is an absolute treat at Sushi Club. The first one (assuming they have the sauce) is their Tuna Tataki. Amazing. The second one, is what I called a horizontal tasting of salmon. Most sushi restaurant serves only Atlantic Salmon. At sushi club, you can sample Coho, Sockeye, and Atlantic. Its amazing the difference in taste.

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          1. re: ilikebigmactoo

            I definitely have bounced around a lot but actually like Sushi Hibiki in Bridgeland the best. I have always been impressed with the quality of food there.

            1. re: ilikebigmactoo

              ilikebigmactoo, Thanks for the recommend . I tried Sushi Club tonight - long day at work and didn't feel like cooking... VERY fresh! You're bang on about the shipment. They had a variety of fresh items tonight - Coho Salmon, Sockeye Salmon, Uni, Wild Aji, and Aka Maguro. I had the first three listed here along with Toro. I find Uni and Toro tend to be tests of freshness and was probably the best uni I've had since moving to Cowtown 7 yrs ago.

              The chef also had a special Hawaiian roll tonight with tempura yam, tempura ebi, wrapped with avocado, mango, cream cheese, and coconut milk. Very unique - only other place I've had something similar with mango and coconut milk was in Victoria and Nanaimo.

              On top of all that, the service was impeccable from the server and the sushi chefs (I sat at the sushi bar).

              So now my recommendations change a bit (to be more specific):
              For sashimi and more raw fishes - definitely Sushi Club
              For big variety of rolls - El's
              For izakaya type food (i.e. beef tataki, tempura lotus root) - Shibuya

              Still enjoy Wa's for the traditional fare and their tempura avocado.

            2. I love Sushi Kawa on 4th Street SW (Mission). I would think I've been there 100 times (no joke) and never a bad experience.

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              1. re: MixedGrill

                Ya know, I think I have to give Kawa another chance. Back in the day- say, 2001- when I used to just order the special combo everywhere and get stuff that I know, now, I never liked (surf clam, tako, salmon, california rolls) I declared it poor. Now that I know my way around a sushi menu I think I should try it again.

                1. re: MixedGrill

                  I'm not a big fan of Sushi Kawa. I find their sushi very very average but they charge a huge markup. There's far better sushi restaurant at the price Kawa charges.

                2. wa's as mentioned, also sushi bar zipang.

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                  1. re: nonlinear

                    What's the price at Wa compared to other Japanese restaurant like Globefish?

                  2. Towa (4th St SW) has a bad rep around here, but I had some great food there a few weeks ago. I love the huge rolls - at other places that usually means a confusing mess that just falls apart, but at Towa they keep it simple. Try the negi toro.

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                    1. re: 23skidoo

                      I quietly second skidoo- since they re-opened for lunch last summer I've been back a few times and have had nothing but good experiences. It's not my fave in town but it's good.

                      1. re: 23skidoo

                        I find Towa's sushi is very average. However, I go there for the rolls. Their rolls are a great bang for the buck.

                        1. re: 23skidoo

                          Went to Towa for lunch today and was pretty disappointed. Nothing was breathtakingly bad, but nothing was standout delicious and the prices where pretty high ($12 for an avocado roll?!). We had:

                          Miso soup and the Special Miso soup - Generally tasty. The special miso was a slightly sweet version from Hokkaido, advertised as cooked with vegetables (1/2 a carrot slice and 1 piece of potato) and fish (two small pieces of boiled salmon). An interesting variant on the usual miso, but nothing I'd run out to get again.

                          Agedashi tofu - 50/50. Served in a comically large bowl, the sauce (dashi?) in the bottom was quite tasty and nicely warmed; however, the tofu itself was kinda meh. Perhaps this is a personal taste, but I love when the tofu gets soft and almost molten in the middle (I seem to recall Zipang having great agedashi like this). This was just sorta warm.

                          Various sushi - Serviceable. This as well may come down to a matter of personal preference, but I really don't like the way they cut their sushi, super thin and long with ~3/4" dragging on the plate on each side of the rice. The fish was fine, but if the fish is great, I'd rather have a shorter, thicker piece I can really sink my teeth into.

                          Wave creative roll - Blah. Again, maybe my fault, I should have realized that the kani salad would be mayo-drenched california roll filling. However, there is no reason why that needed to make up fully 3/4 of the contents of the roll. The red pepper was a nice touch (more please). But the tempura shrimp and scallop where segregated to seperate ends of the roll. What caught my eye on the menu, beets and corn, ended up being a sprinkle (3 brunoise sized pieces of beet! slightly more corn) of veggies that I had to place on each piece before taking a bite.

                          On review I guess this looks like I'm mostly just whining...and in a sense I am. But with above average prices, average decor and service, and below average food, there wasn't really anything to make me want to return. Now, as this is the only time I've been there, I would be interested in hearing if there is something really great, or a great value at Towa that would warrant a return trip.

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                          Towa Sushi
                          2116 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2S 1W7, CA

                        2. i like misai on 32nd st ne west of barlow .ive found some different stuff there.umm sea snails.

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                          1. re: howlin

                            I was recently at Misai and they had an order of the rare Blue Fin Tuna on the sushi list. The Blue Fin was good, but since it was the first time I had it, I have no other Blue Fin Tuna experience to compare it to

                          2. Hana Sushi on 4th St and 18th Ave SW is great!

                            1. Globefish is a great dinner place, in the sense that its crowd-pleasing, interesting and different. But if you are looking for a quality piece of fish and the food is the focal point, Sushi Club has no comparison. It never disappoints and the quality is excellent (which is key with raw fish in a landlocked city!). Depends on what kind of experience you are looking for both those two are the best.

                              1. I like Wa's the best. I often go to places that are more convenient or easier to get into. Globefish is good, Towa is IMHO white man's sushi, lots of mayo (yuck) the last time I went but a few years ago. Reiko's in Bankers Hall is great for lunch, really fresh and fast.

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                                1. re: hsk

                                  I saw a friend's photothread of sushi in Japan and there was tons and tons of mayo- on nigiri, though. Western sushi seems to be roll-centred, not that there's anything wrong with that. Towa is also Japanese owned and most of the staff is Japanese.

                                  I've never once heard anything positive about Reiko's.

                                2. Globe fish in Kensington two can dine for $24.99

                                    1. re: Hoj

                                      Hoj: exactly the 3 I would have picked!

                                      1. re: Hoj

                                        I've never been to Zipang, but I definitely agree with Wa's and Misato (just went there for lunch today! Mmm). I hate Globefish. I just don't understand the appeal. I never want mango on my sushi or for my sushi rolls to be battered and deep fried. Also sauces, I don't like fancy sauces drizzled over it. I like it with soy sauce...that's it. Simple sushi is the best. I think I'll have to try Globefish one more time before I totally reject it though.

                                        1. re: Bex_03

                                          I must say I really did like Globefish they really have great food, but know exactly what you mean. There's usually something we get that turns out to be, "What's on here? This isn't right."

                                        2. re: Hoj

                                          Zipang is traditional sushi so you will enjoy it BEX

                                        3. My personal favorate is Sushi Bar Miki, it is a pretty small place but I always love going there.

                                          16th ave and Home Road N.W.

                                          1. No one loves "Sushi Ichiban" on McLeod Trail? I could live in that place, looks a bit like a dump but the food does it for me.

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                                            1. re: The Gut

                                              really ??? I can say I am totally turned off by Sushi Ichiban... why? from my table I could see the chefs picking their nose and ears. I don't care how fresh the fish is... hygiene comes first. They didn't even try hiding it. blah

                                              1. re: chewy_bakah

                                                Ewww! I went there a few weeks ago, and it was the best I've tried so far. Until I read this, that is. :o( I've also been to Sushi King (okay, nothing stood out to me, but I only had the rolls), and Aji Ichiban (in London Towne Square). Aji is like fast-food sushi--okay if you're desperate, but not much different from the grocery store.

                                                That's all I've tried so far.

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                                                Sushi King Restaurant
                                                320 16 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T2M 0H6, CA

                                                1. re: Lainey1978

                                                  Lainey, you have a lot of places to check out!

                                                2. re: chewy_bakah

                                                  Hmmm. Maybe this is what's been going on the whole time. Out of sight out of mind?

                                                  I keep meaning to go back to Wa's because everyone here says it's great. Last time and that was like 8 year ago or more it was just ok and so much more expensive we went back to the alleged nose pickers.

                                              2. added links:

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                                                Globefish Sushi & Izakaya
                                                332 14 St NW, Calgary, AB , CA

                                                Sushi Bar Zipang
                                                1010 1 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T2E 7W7, CA

                                                Wa's Japanese Restaurant
                                                1721 Centre St NW, Calgary, AB T2M, CA

                                                Sushi Club K'z
                                                1240 Kensington Rd NW, Calgary, AB T2N, CA

                                                El's Japanese Fusion
                                                2008 33 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 1Z4, CA

                                                Sushi Hibiki
                                                630 1 Ave NE #6, Calgary, AB T2E 0B6, CA

                                                Misai Japanese Restaurant
                                                1915 32 Ave NE #7, Calgary, AB T2E 7C8, CA

                                                Sushi Ichiban Japanese Restaurant
                                                4014 MacLeod Trail SE, Calgary, AB T2G 2R7, CA

                                                Towa Sushi
                                                2116 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2S 1W7, CA

                                                Shibuya Izakaya
                                                453 16 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T2E 1K3, CA

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                                                1. re: rosetown

                                                  That's spectacular rosetown thanks. You left out the place on 4th street NW at about 30th ave. Was that intentional? I can't remember the name right now.

                                                2. My wife and I went to Globefish on 14th St last week, and we certainly won't be going back! We ordered the Iginla combo, and my wife's piece of toro sushi had a bone in it! (That has never happened to us while going for sushi before.) We would be more forgiving of the place if the staff had made an effort to rectify things beyond saying "We're sorry". We also ordered the Iginla roll (I guess we were in an Iginla mood), and while the menu mentions that it comes with masago roe, only a few pieces had the roe on it. Beyond those issues, the food was pretty tasty.

                                                  Chris

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                                                  1. re: cwant

                                                    I must be unlucky because I get bones from time to time- it always galls but for whatever reason I've never complained about it. I should have- and they should have given you another piece of toro, absolutely. I think this and the masago issue suggest that you got a chef who wasn't experienced. It's too bad because there's better sushi just a short walk from there at Sushi Club. I also like Tenshi Sushi in Kensington, a little jog further east on 10 St NW.