Shibuya Izakaya

I’ve passed by Shibuya Izakaya several times and heard good things from friends so we decided to check it out for a late Sunday lunch/early dinner before we headed back home. It’s located right beside Bubblemania Cafe.

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Party tray platters advertised right outside their front door. Only available for take out and delivery orders.

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The inside is pretty spacious with a couple TV’s streaming baseball. We were seated in the booth areas to the side. Service is friendly and they checked up on us several times during our meal.

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This was their specials menu. Will have to try it out next time.

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The regular menu is massive and is one of those menus with pictures of everything. Bento box lunch specials sound promising (only available 11:00am – 3:00pm).

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Soba and udon noodles. We’ll try one of them.

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Ramen noodles. Sure, we’ll try one and see where it fits with the rest of Calgary’s ramen scene.

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This is what you should be focusing on. Nigiri here is fresh and done well.

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Sushi rolls and maki.

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Hand cones which I never seem to order.

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Wasabi and ginger
DSC09113Your standard wasabi and ginger but I liked the presentation of the wasabi.

Seaweed salad ($4.50)
DSC09116Boiled seaweed, lightly seasoned and served in a homemade black sesame dressing, topped with sesame seeds. The seaweed salad was fresh and had a great chewy texture. Perfect to whet our appetites.

Agedashi tofu ($5.75)
DSC09117Tofu lightly dusted with potato starch and deep fried. The agedashi tofu was silky smooth. Another excellent starter.

Salmon isobe age ($8.50)
DSC09119Tempura style seaweed rolls stuffed with salmon and green onions. These are on the smaller side but pack a light, crunchy bite. Nicely battered and fried, the sauce was slightly spicy to give it some heat. Good but a little overpriced for the size.

Baby octopus ($8.75)
DSC09121Breaded and marinated pieces of octopus. These were great! Perfectly deep fried baby octopus but came with a sweet chili dipping sauce (odd). Felt they could have thrown in a couple more pieces.

Tonkotsu ramen ($12.50)
DSC09122The ramen comes topped with BBQ pork, boiled egg, green onion, wakame seaweed and sesame. The pork bone broth was pretty weak and I didn’t get any complexity that you see from the main ramen players in town. Passable but I doubt I would get it again.

Negi hamachi maki and unagi maki ($4.50 each)
DSC09124The negi hamachi consists of yellowtail and green onion while unagi is BBQ eel and cucumber rolled in sushi rice. Negi anything is usually good and these were satisfactory. Think I liked the unagi maki a bit more.

Tonkatsu pork cutlet udon ($13.50)
DSC09125The broth is made from dashi and soya sauce and topped with wakame seaweed and green onions. The pork cutlet was nicely breaded and the noodles had a nice bite to them. The broth was much better than the tonkatsu; light, sweet and satisfying. Everyone preferred the udon over the ramen.

Sake sockeye ($8.25), hotategai ($6.75) and toro ($9.75)
DSC09128Three pieces of nigiri each. The sake sockeye ($2.75 each), scallop ($2.25 each) and raw tuna belly ($3.25 each) were excellent. My favourite out of everything we ordered.

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Closeup of the sake sockeye. Nice dark red colour to it.

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Scallops were huge and totally worth the $2.25 price tag.

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Saved the best for last. Toro is always a must and favourite of mine. Buttery, melt in your mouth.

Overall, we were pretty satisfied with our meal. Expect to pay a little more than normal as it’s an izakaya but lots of variety to choose from. Stick with the nigiri and fried foods.

Shibuya Izakaya
http://www.shibuyaizakayacalgary.com/
449 – 16 Avenue NE
Calgary, AB
(403) 277-8823

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