A delightful Japanese restaurant located at Dalhousie, Kinjo Sushi & Grill is easily one of the best sushi places in the area. And it's not without reason. A no-nonsense approach and an extensive menu ranging from sushi and sashimi to tempura and teppanyaki has earned them a good following with locals and visitors alike. Chef and owner Peter Kinjo is as much an entertainer as he is a talented chef and makes sure that guests have a good time while they're here. If you're a fan of his cooking, you can sign up for one of his popular sushi making classes. The restaurant is decorated in warm hues with bits of Japanese art strewn across the walls and has a fun vibe. The Dalhousie location is the bigger of the two in Calgary and has good facilities for private events.
Aida's is a Lebanese restaurant that is perfect for a midday falafel sandwich or evening couscous feed. The menu features a large selection of traditional Middle Eastern specialties. There are also Lebanese twists on Western dishes: Aida's Caesar salad is tossed with pita chips and orange blossom water flavors the lemonade. The menu gives detailed descriptions of each dish to assist those unfamiliar with Lebanese cuisine.
If you have planned a special night out and are scouting for a high-end location, then Alloy on the 42 Avenue is where you should head to. Situated close to downtown, the restaurant is easily accessible from anywhere in the city. Housed in a former city library, the interior of the restaurant is aesthetically stunning and serves as a perfect setup for business lunch or dinner. It's menu is all decked with an amazing line-up of contemporary food that has commanded attention of even the most discerning food connoisseur. Regulars who have made this their favorite haunt, vouch for the fish specials prepared for dinner, along with other delights like Lobster Tempura, Steel Head Trout and Ahi Tuna Tartar. Owing to the restaurant's popularity it is advisable that you reserve a table in advance.
If you want to taste a little bit of Calgary's history as well as enjoy fine dining in an old-fashioned atmosphere, spend an hour or two at the Rouge. Choose from a number of private rooms in this beautiful restaurant situated on four acres of immaculately kept grounds. On a bright and sunny day, you can also sit on its outdoor garden patio and enjoy the scrumptious meal prepared by the expert chef. The menu is always interesting, with an emphasis on local ingredients as well as beef, game and chicken dishes. There is also an extensive wine menu which complements the exquisitely-prepared food.
A city staple, the Tubby Dog covers everything from quick carbs with the kids to sobering up at three in the morning. The quirky place serves some of the best hot dogs around and includes killer specials such as the Cheetah, Sumo and Sherm's Ultimate Gripper. Sides include pickled eggs, tubby chips or T-rings, and to wash it all down, pints for parents and Jr. Soda for junior. The menu is always inventive with creations changing with by the week or month. A must try while squashing hunger pangs in the city.
Añejo is an inspired Mexican restaurant that boasts an impressive collection of over 200 tequilas, though most guests tend to sample the restaurant's house-made margaritas, which have been called the best in Calgary. The restaurant is housed in a multi-level industrial-chic building lit by a gigantic skylight. Sample Jalisco-inspired delights like guacamole prepared in a traditional lava rock mortar, or tuck into a variety of Mexican dishes all crafted with the freshest of ingredients. Be sure to bring along some friends to share a ceviche tasting alongside a variety of other Mexican tapas.
Located in the heart of Chinatown, Ho Won's is a bustling and busy place that radiates with energy and has a reputation for serving quick, delicious food at great prices, so if you come for lunch on weekdays, be prepared to wait. Be sure to ask about their fried shrimp pancakes and deep fried shrimp balls; on the weekends, you can order dim sum. They also have an extensive wine menu.
Buried in the heart of Calgary's bustling Chinatown is the Pho Pasteur Saigon, a restaurant serving authentic Vietnamese food. The inside is decorated with Oriental-style hanging lanterns and grass window shades. There are plenty of rice and vermicelli dishes to choose from, with pork as the most popular meat on the menu. Call for additional information.
This little Vietnamese restaurant is famous among Calgary's crowds. The subs and clubhouse sandwiches here are to die for. There is a wide variety of choice available for lovers of sandwiches and like. You can order by phone and take it away. All in all, a perfect place to have lunch when in office. Call for further details.
The Silver Dragon Restaurant has been serving Chinese food to Calgarians since 1967, so obviously they must be doing something right. They have an excellent reputation that not only spans decades, but includes excellent quality and service. The Silver Dragon serves both Cantonese and Szechuan cuisine, and you can choose from over 200 menu items. There is also a fantastic selection of dim sums. Private dining rooms and banquet facilities are also available. All of the tables have white linen tablecloths with centerpieces that add a touch of class and elegance to the surroundings. It is large and airy, with just the right amount of fresh air and muted lighting.
The Regency Palace Restaurant is one of the largest restaurants in Calgary, and a perfect choice if you have a sizable crowd to entertain. The dance floor accommodates plenty of people for events such as receptions and corporate functions, and the decor sports a Chinese theme with bold colors. There are over 200 items to choose from on the menu, including the traditional Chinese favorites and more innovative fare, such as stuffed chicken wings and ginger fried beef; dim sum is served daily.
OEB Breakfast Co is the brainchild of chef Mauro Martina and is a popular breakfast and brunch spot in town since 2009. Their artisan breads are baked fresh daily and doesn't have any sort of preservatives while their eggs are procured from their own chicken farm. And only use naturally raised meat. The result is delicious wholesome goodness that will delight your tummy and is easy on your wallet.