Raw talent: Top Calgary sushi restaurants

Is there any cuisine that combines presentation and taste as well as sushi? Calgary’s top sushi houses certainly do just this. Despite a distinct lack of ocean in the vicinity, these establishments turn out fresh, delectable sushi that will have you coming back for more.

Ki Modern Japanese & Bar

120-308 4 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 0H7

One sexy, sumptuous sushi joint, Ki serves high-end sushi in comfort and style. Settle in at the lounge or at an intimate table in the restaurant, and order some of the finest sushi served in Calgary. Options include bento boxes and sushi burgers, but for a top-end sushi experience, try Ki’s signature plates. And absolutely ask for a sake recommendation.

Sushi Kawa Japanese Restaurant

2202 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2S 1W9

Go Kakuryu! Get ‘em Goeido! Hurray for Hakuho! You may not know the stars of sumo by name, but you can still enjoy televised matches while you savour the namesake cuisine at this busy Fourth Street Southwest restaurant. Order by the piece, roll or cone, or try a bento box or sushi combo with all the punch of Japan’s national sport.

Pad Thai Restaurant

B-3106 4 St NW, Calgary, AB T2M 3A4

One of a growing number of eateries on the modest Fourth Street Northwest restaurant row, Shigatsu serves expertly executed Japanese tapas dishes as well as an excellent selection of sushi.

Shikiji Japanese Noodles & Sushi

1608 Centre St NE, Calgary, AB T2E 2R9

Big, beautiful noodle bowls are the draw at this Centre Street Japanese restaurant, but its sushi menu is also spot-on. A basic selection of sashimi and nigiri pieces complements a grand selection of robust rolls. Try an assorted tray when dining in a group.

Goro & Gun

245-225 7th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2P 2W3

In Scotia Centre, Goro + Gun serves the downtown’s best ramen bowls. Naturally, the place is busy at lunchtime, so reservations are recommended. The sushi menu is also a cut above, featuring a tight selection of rolls, nigiri and sashimi. Also try a beef, chicken or mushroom bento-box, all of which include lobster-California roll pieces.

Kabuku Restaurant

103-414 3 St SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1R2

Perhaps surprisingly, there are not many good sushi eateries on the Plus 15. Ramen spot Goro + Gun is one, and Kabuku at the bottom of the Calgary Place escalators is another. Featuring booth, table and sushi-bar seating, this is a pleasant street-corner restaurant in which to enjoy a selection of sashimi, nigiri sushi and various rolls. As well, hot Japanese entrees include miso-marinated cod and Fujiyama Alberta strip loin steak. For celebratory meals, consult Kabuku’s list of chilled and warm sake.

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