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Review: Banzai

Banzai Japanese Restaurant at 4608 Calgary Trail.

On Thursday I had lunch with my brother at Banzai Japanese Restaurant (4608 Calgary Trail)! His work recently relocated him to a different building that happens to be a lot closer to where I work so I hope these brother-sister lunch dates can become a more frequent occurrence. :)

We chose Banzai mostly because of its proximity to work and also because we had buy one get one half off coupons, lol. I’ve been to Banzai a few times before this most recent outing and had never been disappointed with it. It’s basically a very inexpensive Japanese restaurant with a fast food venue feel. It’s good if you’re in the neighbourhood looking for some quick, decent and cheap Japanese food.

Inside Banzai Japanese Restaurant at 4608 Calgary Trail.

You order at the counter, sit down, and they call your number when you’re meal is ready. It’s a very similar set up to Mt. Fuji – which happens to be one of my favourite Japanese restaurants – but it’s definitely not as good as Mt. Fuji. As well, if we were to compare bento boxes of Banzai with other Japanese restaurants in the city (Mikado and Kyoto come to mind instantly), then Banzai’s boxes really pale in comparison.

Banzai Lunch Bento Box B - Beef & Tempura.

I ordered the Lunch Bento Box “B” which featured beef and tempura plus spring rolls, salad, and rice. ($9.25, pictured above). My brother ordered the Lunch Bento Box “D” – featuring chicken and California Rolls. (Also $9.25, pictured below).

Banzai Lunch Bento Box D - Chicken and California Rolls

There’s good variety of items and we both ate everything in our boxes. For the price you pay, you get good stuff. Although for $3 more, the bento box at Mikado tastes a whole lot better and you get a whole lot more! I’ll admit even after I finished off my bento box I was still craving more food! But I’m kind of a piggy.

Self Serve Water at Banzai.

Fun fact: Banzai has a nice little self-serve water counter. That’s a plus, haha.

Overall Banzai’s a good place to go for some Japanese food if you’re in the area and need a quick, cheap, fix but if you’re able to drive to other Japanese restaurants in the city (in which there are many) then you’re likely better off going there for a more high quality meal. The place did fill up very quickly while we were there for lunch so it’s definitely popular in the area.

I haven’t tried anything else from Banzai other than the bento boxes so next time I stop by (since as I said, it’s close proximity to work! Convenient!), I’d like to try one of their rice bowls. I also wish they had a bento box option that included sashimi or a chirashi bowl option. As a lover of raw fish it deeply saddens me when I can’t get some fish in for cheap, lol. The fact that they do not have either of those contributes to my lower ranking for them. (They do have assorted sashimi but it’s not filling enough and too expensive on its own).

So have you been to Banzai? What did you think!?

Linda :)

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Linda Hoang is an Edmonton blogger who writes about food, travel, lifestyle/events and pets. She's also a social media/digital specialist with a journalism background. Linda is in love with her city and loves exploring and promoting Edmonton and other places she visits with her husband Mike. Linda is also the founder of the Edmonton International Cat Festival (and has 2 cats herself, along with 2 dogs).

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