Name: Ajito hidden at the back of Sho Sushi.
Address: 7212 Macleod Trail, Calgary, AB T2H 0L9
Phones: (403) 252-7099
Hours: Monday-Sunday: 5.30PM-12AM
Reservation: Yes via phone
Price Range: $-$$$
What I tried: Carbonara Udon, Small Fisherman's Bowl, Hell's Chicken, Ebi Mayo, Takoyaki Style Poutine, Yuzu Sidecar (Cocktail), Ajito (Cocktail) and Yuzu Gingerale.
The service was good. Everyone was polite and professional.
The Carbonara Udon was exceptional. It tasted just like your typical Italian carbonara but with udon noodles instead of pasta. The chew to the noodles were perfect and it was extremely flavorful. Not to forget as well, the dish is served in a sizzling stone bowl that keep the dish hot throughout the meal. The ham and other ingredients in this carbonara also complimented the dish well.
The small fisherman's bowl was SO good. Classic Japanese dish that did not have a fusion twist to it. It was simple yet so delicious. It came with a few different types of sashimis such as tuna, salmon and mackerel. The rice was flavorful and the portion size was great if you are trying a few different things.
The hell's chicken was such a surprise. I would not typically order this if I saw it on the menu of a Japanese restaurant but my partner wanted to try it and I am so glad we did! It was spicy, sweet and salty all at once. The spice level was fantastic and the pieces were large and great for sharing.
The Ebi Mayo would also be an example of something I would not normally order as I am more a traditional Japanese cuisine kind of girl. However, we did try this and the shrimp was enormous. It reminded me of a sweet and sour Chinese dish. It was extremely flavorful and delicious.
The Takoyaki Style Poutine was something that caught my eye from the menu. I love poutine and takoyaki separately, but putting them together is genius. The fries remind me of McDonald's fries but with Takoyaki flavours and bits of Octopus. My only comment for this dish is that I wish there was more Takoyaki sauce and octopus in this. It was just at the top and the bottom was dry.
The Yuzu Sidecar was a great apritif before my food came. It was tart but also very delicious. The Yuzu flavors came through and made it a unique cocktail.
The ajito cocktail was something I would order another hundred times. It was strong, tasty and made with a variety of liquors. It was a great addition to an already amazing meal.
The main attraction to this restaurant is the mystery and hidden aspect of it. You will have to walk to the very back of Sho Sushi which a popular Japanese restaurant on its own. Once you make your way to the back of the restaurant, you will see a very out of place vintage coca cola vending machine and when you open the door it will reveal an entire new restaurant.
The atmosphere and ambiance of the restaurant itself is reminiscent of a small Izakaya in Japan. Limited table seating and also bar seating available.