Bross Sushi Bar and Grill - Calgary
#26 11440 BRAESIDE DRIVE SW 403-238-3770
(Open Mon-Thurs 11:30-14:00; Friday 11:30-14:00, 16:30-20:30; Saturday 11:30-15:00, 17:00-20:30)
Every time I would go to the bank in a strip mall in Braeside (SW), a little nondescript Japanese Izakaya would catch my eye. Finally, I tried it out today for lunch, and am extremely pleased to say that it is a real gem in the far Southwest that is bereft of top-notch restaurants (especially Japanese ones).
Their specialty is kushiage items (breaded, deep-fried items on skewers), but they also do noodle dishes (udon, soba, yakisoba), tempura, onigiri, and sushi. We had a couple of rolls (BC, Creamy Scallop, and "Cruncky") - all were very well made, with the "Cruncky" being a large soft-shelled crab creation that included cheese in the filling and came atop a salad of romaine lettuce, radish, etc.. Also tried a Bacon Scallop kushiage that was tasty and came with a choice of a wafu (Japanese tonkatsu-style sauce) or chilli sauce.
All in all, it was very satisfying to find such a cool restaurant in the South. It is a small space with only a long sushi bar type counter that overlooks the open kitchen. The staff were very friendly. Upon enterring the place, you will see water, and hot and cold mugi-cha (barley tea) set out for you to serve yourself. Although it is called an izakaya, it doesn't look like they've got a liquor licence yet, as there was no alcohol on the menu.
Thanks for adding the link.
Also wanted to add that Bross just opened about 5 months ago, and is Japanese-run. The decor and ambience is like a small eatery that you would find in Japan, with dark wood, dark grey walls, nice ceramic dishes, etc.. The price points are also lower than most Japanese restaurants in town (eg. assorted tempura (3 pcs shrimp, 2 pcs fish, 4 pcs vegetable) was $8.50; the "Cruncky" soft-shell crab roll was $6.50, the priciest one on the menu).