Zen 8 Grill
By YP Contributor

Calgary’s Place to Grab a Late Night Bite

No need to bring the evening to an end early because there is no place to go. Aki Fujita has changed all that with the Zen 8 Grill. "Most places in Calgary shut really early. I want to make a welcoming spot for late-nighters," says Aki.

Located in the Cowboys Casino down the road from the Scotiabank Saddledome arena, the restaurant is the perfect spot for a bite to eat after a Flames game, taking in a concert or just having a night on the town in one of the local clubs. The menu has a special focus on Teppanyaki, the fun and tasty Japanese food that gets prepared on a grill in front of your eyes. Aki is all for blending the best of East and West as well, so he offers Teppanyaki tenderloin steak for a unique twist on the traditional fare. The pad thai and sushi will delight those with a taste for Asian food. “We serve the best dishes from East Asia,” says Aki with pride.

You know, in Japan, the concept of good hospitality is when you know what the guest wants before they even ask. That's what we aim for at Zen 8 Grill. - Aki Fujita, managing partner
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Karaoke and Sake

The best nights out with friends are the ones which are fun from start to finish. When you wind up at chic yet welcoming Zen 8 Grill it doesn’t mean you have to wind down. You can sip Japanese Sake after having a round of poker at the nearby casino or a have dinner and cocktails before heading over to Cowboys Dance Hall. If you're celebrating a special event, the restaurant’s private party room is for hire. It’s kitted out with a karaoke machine so you don’t have to stop singing once the party stops elsewhere in Calgary!

This same space is equipped with the latest audio-visual equipment to double as a comfortable and elegant meeting room during the day, in typical space-efficient Japanese style.

"You know, in Japan, the concept of good hospitality is when you know what the guest wants before they even ask," laughs Aki. "That's what we aim for at Zen 8 Grill."

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Sushi Classes

While Aki makes a point of offering a wide menu of filling and delicious Pacific Rim and Calgary cuisine favourites, when it comes to cooking classes, sushi is in the spotlight. "People love learning how to make sushi," he says. "Every Tuesday night, we have a two-hour session on the basics."

Students learn how to cook sushi rice so it is just right, how to roll it to perfection and when to serve Sake hot or cold. Each participant gets a level-one certificate and skills which they can take home for entertaining friends and family.

Whether you’re dropping in after the game, meeting friends for dinner or learning a new cooking skill, Zen 8 Grill is one spot that's worth coming to early or staying up late for.

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