As you may know I have a slight obsession with raw fish thus why I love sushi so much. So it may come as a surprise that I haven’t tried Sushi Club until very recently considering they are well known for their fresh fish. Hubby and I came here for a Friday date night with reservations for 6:30pm. Upon arriving and getting seated at our table, we were informed by our server that they were very busy and booked up tonight so they needed the table back by 8pm. I was surprised to hear that such a request was made to us but it wasn’t an issue since we weren’t planning to stick around after our meal anyways.
I decided to try a bunch of various nigiri and a roll since it was my first time and I really wanted to get a taste of how fresh their fish actually was. Well, they certainly didn’t disappoint because the fish was indeed super fresh. The uni nigiri ($3.20/pc) was packed with uni and it didn’t have that slightly stale musky taste that old uni has. The wild salmon ($2.30/pc) was sweet tasting and the toro ($2.80/pc) was creamy although not as fatty as I like my toro to be. The hamachi ($3/pc) was smooth and buttery, definitely one of the better ones I’ve tasted in Calgary. The special scallop ($2.40/pc) was also good and I liked that it wasn’t drowning in mayo but it didn’t have that sweetness to it. It still doesn’t beat my favorite at Sushi Bar Zipang. It was also my first time trying arctic char ($2.50/pc) and I really enjoyed the taste of it – slightly fatty and creamy. I would’ve ordered more but considering our time constraint I knew we wouldn’t be finished on time.
I also tried their Habanero Scallop roll ($9.90) as I’m a huge fan of scallop and the combination seemed to be quite interesting. It definitely had a nice kick to it and the scallop tasted fresh. We were both wondering what those tiny white balls were on the outside of the roll. They were crunchy and had a toasty flavor.
Hubby decided to order a bunch of different rolls to try. He started off with the Spider Roll ($14) and thought Sushi Club’s version was pretty good. It didn’t have any additional sauces drizzled on it but it was not the least bit dry and the entire roll was quite flavorful.
The Hawaiian Shrimp Katsu Roll ($15) was a winner; consisting of breaded shrimp, yam tempura, tomato, cream cheese, tonkatsu sauce, mango, avocado, crushed pineapple, coconut milk and Japanese chili. This is one of those rolls that you eat ‘as is’. That means, you don’t need to dip it in soy sauce. We both thought this roll was really well executed. They really put a lot of thought into making this roll as we could taste each individual ingredient yet they all melded together really well. It definitely represented Hawaii in a roll and we’d be more than happy to order this again.
The Marinated Daikon Roll ($13) consisted of salmon tempura, scallop tempura, flying fish roe, cream cheese, unagi, avocado, mayo and marinated daikon on the outside. This roll was well executed and thought out – another winner!. The daikon was skillfully cut to wrap around the entire roll and we could clearly taste the sweet and sourness of it. There were many different ingredients in this roll but it all seemed to work. This is definitely another roll that we’d order again.
We did manage to finish our meal within the allotted time frame. The food did take longer than expected to arrive considering the time constraints. Service was decent but nothing spectacular. I like how they have many different cuts of fish and different unique rolls that you don’t normally find elsewhere. I’m already planning on returning to try some of their other offerings.
1240 Kensington Rd NW
Calgary, AB T2N 4X7