Sushi is one of the oldest culinary creations still around today, dating back to at least the second century A.D. It’s a crowd favourite and there seems to be a new sushi restaurant on every street corner in the city. So how do you decipher between what’s good and great? We want you to avoid sushi mediocrity, so we’ve selected our favourite places to grab some rolls in the city.
Blowfish has a lounge like atmosphere and a more upscale vibe. It’s a great spot for a weekend dinner date with your plus one or with a group of friends. Unwind with a few martinis some hot tapas and fresh sushi or go for the “Omakase”, a japanese tradition where the guests get a 5 course chef selected experience.
Blowfish offers a 3 course lunch for $17.95 and a dine in special of 25% off Tuesday-Friday between 5 and 6pm. Perfect for a week day happy hour!
With three locations in the city, Globefish really knows what they’re doing! Our favourites are the rocky mountain roll, crunch munch roll, crispy spicy tuna roll, and the crazy buster roll. Globefish offers a brown rice substitution which is a nice touch. They also have the most amazing chocolate covered Hazelnut ice cream!
Ki Modern Japanese and Bar
Fine dining meets sushi, Ki is a gorgeous space located right downtown. Always the freshest most delicious sushi and sashimi, ki is great for a weekday lunch or a date night out. My favourite is the kiwi-tuna roll and the rock shrimp tempura. Ki is also a great spot for a private dining experiecne for a corporate meeting or a dinner party!
Kinjo is the perfect sushi restaurant for a pre-movie date. Located just past Chinook Centre on Macleod you can stop in for some fresh, delicious sushi and make it to the show in no time. They have some unique rolls such as The Elvis Roll, The Las Vegas Roll or my go to- The Lobster Roll. Tempura battered and delicious.
Sho Sushi Bar and Kitchen
Another Macleod favourite- perfect for the dinner and a movie date. They serve kimchi, nori and peanuts to snack on at the table-a nice touch as you’re waiting for your order. Sho Sushi Kitchen offers some creative rolls, a fusion menu with a great selection at a fair value and a really nice room. It’s bright, modern and lively.
Sushi Bar Zipang
Located in Bridgeland, Sushi Bar Zipang has all the classics plus a few other special twists. Try the Zipang roll with tuna, crab, avocado, flying fish roe and sweetened omelette for a little something different. Their menu has some rare fish like the Sanma fish that’s hard to find at other restaurants. Zipang is definitely a favourite for authentic and unique sushi!
If you’re looking for a true authentic experience check out Sushi Hiro. The restaurant is run by Hiro and his family and you can actually see them working away right behind the sushi bar. Instead of ordering for yourself just ask to be fed until you’re full and you’ll try some amazing unique combinations you would have never known about before. Go ahead and get adventurous while dining!
Elegant, modern and contemporary, Towa has a great atmosphere and great food. If you like it spicy order the firecracker roll; jalapeño tempura, sour cream, and smoked salmon. Or the towa special roll with salmon, red tuna and white tuna is always crowd favourite. They’re rolls are bigger than normal (HUGE) making it easy to share with your date. It’s also entertaining to watch the take down strategy.
Located in the heart of downtown, ZEN is Calgary’s most frequented Japanese restaurant. With a large focus and commitment to freshness, ZEN has fish flown in from the Maritimes and Tokyo on a daily basis. Best pick for the corporate lunch or a sneaky lunch date.
Zen 8 in Cowboys Casino is the perfect date night destination. The atmosphere is a ton of fun and is always bursting full of energy. Try their signature “JFC” roll- Japanese fried chicken. They also offer sushi making classes-learn how to roll like a master and impress your friends. Zen 8 is open late- until 2:30 am on the weekends and until 11pm. Sake bombs anyone?
Want to get cozy with your sushi?
Here a few picks for the best take out sushi in Calgary:
Hana Sushi– 4th Street
Sushi Kawa– 4th Street
Fuji Yama– 17th Ave
Sushi Motto– 17th Ave
Kanpai– 8th Street (brown rice option)