Saturday, 30 January 2010
El Japanese Fusion
17-2008 33 Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2T 1Z4
Tummy Points: 3.5/5
Notes: Rainbow Maki Roll
$14.95, Appetizer Tempura
Although Calgary is a land locked city, there's no shortage of sushi restaurants with great ones like Globefish (which I will review very soon). Another good restaurant I tried out in Calgary is El Japanese Fusion. Although it has fusion in its name, there's nothing really fusion about it unless you count Philadephia and Mexican maki rolls as a fusion of Japanese with Western culture.
El's is a very small restaurant with a few two and four person tables and bar seating. It's a hard place to get seated during lunch hours. Service is usually understaffed with 1 or 2 persons servicing the dining area. I've heard mixed stories about their service but on my visit I received friendly service although fairly slow.
All the dishes were freshly prepared. The spicy salmon maki rolls used lots of sweet chilli sauce with cold soft chopped up salmon on top of salmon roll. It was not what I had in mind as I prefer spicy mayo. The fresh was very fresh. The rice roll was packed just tight enough.
Sushi combo with various sushi and California roll. The crab meat was a fake minced type which i prefer over the solid fake crab meat. Ebi was the usual. I wish it were the sweet type like they serve in Globefish's deluxe sushi combo. The BBQ eel is what you'll find at a grocery store. So that's the bad part. The good part is all the fish were very fresh with no fishy taste and not warm. The salmon was very soft on the tongue and smooth. Not quite smooth as butter but it was good. It's not the fish market in Japan but it's still good.