So good you’ll learn how to afford it.
2116 4th St SW – Calgary, AB
Calgary does have awesome sushi; it just tends to cost an arm and a leg. There’s Sushi Club in Kensington, Miki Sushi bar on 16th ave, Zen8 downtown, Towa Sushi can also be added to this list.
Towa has a limited menu that offers special salads ($10-20), tempura ($10-18), sashimi and sushi plates ($20-26), and their specialty: contemporary rolls ($11-18). They also have daily specials. Though the menu is small – you’ll have a hell of a hard time deciding – each option will get your heart thumping. For example, the amazing salad options: the duck salad – grilled duck served on mixed greens, shiitake mushrooms, and assorted fruits. The crab salad – soft shell crab, spring roll wrap, green bean noodles and tempura on mixed greens with citrus soy sauce dressing. And a calamari salad – deep fried calamari marinated in light mirin, baby spinach, and citrus sweet soy vinaigrette. See what I mean?! All of them sound tantilizing. And those are just the salads for god’s sake!
Anyway – we decided to stick to the rolls and sushi. We ordered the spicy tuna roll ($14 – half orders are available for $8). This seems pricey – but the sucker was so huge I couldn’t even get a decent picture of the whole thing!
…well, the first shocker was that it was actually spicy! Pleasantly picante with a lasting tang to tickle the lips. Next we got the Towa special roll ($16). And if may I make a recommendation for the fish lover…..GET THE TOWA SPECIAL ROLL! It’s jam packed with salmon as well as red and white tuna. The cuts of fish in this one are perfectly light and melt away into delightful amazingness. The Towa special roll is super packed with fish not just on the inside but on the outside too. Oh, Towa! That’s the way to do it – pack that roll with fish – not mayonnaise. Thank you for doing it right. If ordering this roll: Beware! It’s a huge fatty and it will take a skilled eater to be able to fit it all in the mouth in just one go.
The last thing we ordered was the sushi assortment ($21). The assortment (pictured at the top of the post) includes seven pieces of sushi and four pieces of california roll. What can I say? Everything on the plate was fantastically delicious. The pieces were humongous! And you must know that the unagi was the best slab of eel that’s ever passed through these discriminating lips. It was so absolutely delightful that I have no doubt my children’s children will tell tales in hushed voices of the wonders of Towa’s unagi. Of course, seeing as how freshwater eel is not a recommended sustainable food source – I totally support choosing another option when you go to Towa. Any one of the contemporary rolls sound lovely and I’d order one of them next time I go back. I was particularly interested in the wave roll ($15) which is packed full of shrimp and scallop tempura, red bell pepper, kani salad, corn, edamame, and spicy mayonnaise. But I was too full by the end to even give it a second thought.
Everything at Towa was so perfectly good it gave me the shivers and that smooth floaty sushi high…oh, you know the one. And even beyond the food – the service was very, uh….proactive. There seems to be an excessive amount of servers hovering around ready to spring into action should you require any sort of assistance. Which, on one hand, such attentive service is great – but on the other hand, is totally annoying when thinking of what our bill came to. If we’d had one less person helping at our table maybe our meal could have been $7 cheaper. Okay – don’t get me wrong the prices weren’t outta control. It ended up being just under $100 for 3 people to be nicely filled up. Not too pricey – but I wouldn’t call it a steal of a deal or anything. Beyond that my only critique would have to be the decor. It seems way too open and airy to be Japanese. But then again Towa is NOT traditional Japanese – it’s more streamlined cutting edge Canadian Japanese.
I probably only like twelve things about Calgary. Towa sushi restaurant is one of those exclusive twelve.
This place only seats about 50 and it is mad popular so try to make a reservation!
Open: for lunch 11.30-2pm Tues thru Fri
for dinner 5-10pm Tues thru Sun
Please note – this is the same group that runs Sushi Boat in Crowfoot.
Bonus: Thomas Vogel recommends this restaurant.
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