Review: Sushi Sugoi Edmonton

Sushi Sugoi at 2874 Calgary Trail.

Sushi Sugoi at 2874 Calgary Trail.

I’m always looking for a good sushi spot in Edmonton. By now I’ve pretty much got my favourites: Kenko Japanese and Japonais Bistro for overall excellence (food quality, variety, and atmosphere), Mikado for cheap and delicious lunch bentos, then other ones that are pretty good – Kobe Bistro, Yuzen, etc. I know there’s countless more I haven’t tried yet but I’m getting there!

Last week I finally got around to trying Sushi Sugoi Edmonton in the south side (2874 Calgary Trail).

Sushi Sugoi had been on my list of Japanese places to try for almost a year now. My former co-worker Fiona had tried it and recommended it to me but I always end up going back to my old favourites that it took me the year to finally get to Sushi Sugoi, fittingly, with Fiona!

Inside Sushi Sugoi

Inside Sushi Sugoi

Sushi Sugoi is located in what used to be an Outback Steakhouse. I mention that because the building is huge! It’s a bigger space than most Japanese restaurants, with an entire side of the building I think primarily unused except for private functions. At least that’s what Fiona speculates, she and her hubby have been to Sushi Sugoi many times over the past year and have never seen the one side of the restaurant space used.

It’s a very clean, polished, modern looking restaurant. They have an Urban Cultivator used to grow their own micro greens. (NAIT has one too! As do a few other restaurants in Edmonton).

Sushi Sugoi uses an Urban Cultivator to grow its own fresh, organic microgreens!

Sushi Sugoi uses an Urban Cultivator to grow its own fresh, organic microgreens!

Sushi Sugoi has a bunch of dishes unique to them, which I like, but also lots of what you’d expect to find at Japanese restaurants. Fiona and I decided to share a couple of dishes, but I ended up ordering some additional items for myself. Fiona has celiac disease and can only eat gluten-free food, so I was impressed with how accommodating Sushi Sugoi was with that. They have gluten-free soya sauce, and are able to confidently say which of their dishes are or aren’t gluten-free – and they’re also able to adapt and make certain dishes gluten-free by request.

This is what we ordered:

Beef Tataki with ponzu sauce - $10

Beef Tataki with ponzu sauce – $10

The beef tataki ($10) was good but the cuts were a bit thicker than I prefer. Kenko still reigns supreme as best tasting and best portion size for your dollar when it comes to beef tataki.

Spicy Tuna Cocktail Salad (with avocado and mango) - $9

Spicy Tuna Cocktail Salad (with avocado and mango) – $9

The Spicy Tuna Cocktail Salad ($9) wasn’t anything to rave about. It just wasn’t very flavourful.

Miso Pork Belly (Apple, miso braised pork belly with grilled asparagus and pineapple sauce) - $10

Miso Pork Belly (Apple, miso braised pork belly with grilled asparagus and pineapple sauce) – $10

I wasn’t overly impressed with the miso pork belly ($10 – it wasn’t tender enough for me) though the combo of pickled apple, asparagus and Urban Cultivator-grown microgreens was nice.

Crazy Roll (deep fried, spicy tuna, cucumber roll breaded with panko, tonkatsu sauce, hot sauce and mango sauce, with dried fish flakes) - $14

Crazy Roll (deep fried, spicy tuna, cucumber roll breaded with panko, tonkatsu sauce, hot sauce and mango sauce, with dried fish flakes) – $14

While the rolls weren’t my favourite ever, I thought they were all good with the exception of the Crazy Rolls ($14). I don’t think the sauces worked together at all, and I really don’t like dried fish flakes. Had I known that was going to be on them (menu didn’t say) I probably wouldn’t have ordered it!

The Hardcore Rolls (spicy tuna, spicy seaoned salmon, cucumber, tobiko, Thai chili, hot sauce and shichimi, with soy bean wrappers) - $16

The Hardcore Rolls (spicy tuna, spicy seasoned salmon, cucumber, tobiko, Thai chili, hot sauce and shichimi, with soy bean wrappers) – $16

I loved the heat in the Hardcore Rolls ($16) and the refreshing, light taste of the Fiji Island Rolls ($15). I also think it’s interesting Sushi Sugoi uses coloured soy wrappers for some of their rolls. My first experience seeing that in a Japanese restaurant! I also ordered the Golden Dragon Rolls (seasoned salmon, asparagus, green onion, red pepper, masago, special spicy sauce) – $14 – to take home for Mike, and thought those were pretty good.

The Fiji Island Rolls (salmon, tuna, pineapple, orange, avocado, vegetable salsa, citrus sauce, soy bean wrapper) - $15

The Fiji Island Rolls (salmon, tuna, pineapple, orange, avocado, vegetable salsa, citrus sauce, soy bean wrapper) – $15

I think Sushi Sugoi has a great selection of food – both your typical items you’d want to find at a Japanese restaurant, as well as a few specialty items unique to them (I think that’s always a plus when restaurants have items unique to them!)

The presentation for all the dishes was also great. A feast for the eyes!

We didn’t order dessert which after the fact I regretted for the sake of this review (but I was pretty stuffed lol).

Overall, Sushi Sugoi shoots up to my list of pretty good Japanese restaurants in Edmonton but it doesn’t take the top spots. The food is good, but not incredible – the service was good and the place has a nice atmosphere – plus I think it’s great they are so accommodating for dietary restrictions – but it’s not my absolute favourite spot. Price points are on par with your typical Japanese spot. Lots of dishes to choose from but there’s also lots of Japanese restaurants with similar dishes to choose from in Edmonton.

They do all you can eat brunch on Sundays which I would be curious to try! Sumo Sumo in Sherwood Park also does Sunday brunch but Sushi Sugoi would be a lot closer. Sushi Sugoi also has cheap ($1.25/ea) oysters on Tuesday nights (similar to Japonais Bistro) which would be worth trying too. I’m also told the Ocean Platter is a must-try.

So I do foresee a second trip in my future!

Have you been to Sushi Sugoi? What did you think??

Linda


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Review: Dog Birthday Party at the Doggy Style Deli

The Doggy Style Deli at 15131 Stony Plain Road

The Doggy Style Deli at 15131 Stony Plain Road

For months now, I’ve been wanting to take our beagle Olive to the Doggy Style Deli – a dog restaurant/grooming/store in west Edmonton (15131 Stony Plain Road).

I’ve been driving by the place for years and remember it had been a part of Dragon’s Den and the unfortunate victim to a fire. Despite the fire, and what seems like constant construction on Stony Plain Road, the Doggy Style Deli seemed to persevere.

Inside the Doggy Style Deli!

Inside the Doggy Style Deli!

Thank goodness for that! I think the Doggy Style Deli is an absolute gem for dog owners in Edmonton. When I started telling people we were planning on throwing a birthday party for Olive at a dog restaurant, everyone was so surprised that there was even such a thing here.

Doggy Style Deli also acts as a dog store and dog grooming service.

Doggy Style Deli also acts as a dog store and dog grooming service.

Along with the ‘eat-in’ dog restaurant idea (that includes hosting dog birthday parties!), the Doggy Style Deli sells their own raw dog food and acts as a dog store and dog grooming service.

We had Olive’s birthday party at the Doggy Style Deli and I would recommend it to all dog owners! For $20 per dog, you get:

  • A dog meal (small size) for each dog
  • A dog party favour for each dog
  • A dog birthday place setting
  • Table decorated with birthday banners and balloons
  • A trivia game for dog owners (includes treats for dogs)
  • Birthday cake for each dog
  • A present for the birthday dog
Olive and friends being classy diners at the table.

Olive and friends being classy diners at the table.

We invited Olive’s friends Flynn, Milo, Fang, and Bowie. None of us knew what to expect and I think we were all pleasantly surprised. Before the food came out, the dogs just ran around sniffing each other, wagging their tails and playing.

The delicious menu at Doggy Style Deli!

The delicious menu at Doggy Style Deli!

The food options for the dogs are presented so adorably. Each dish name is a dog pun. We ordered the Pug Fried Rice for Olive and some of other dogs got Shih Tzu Stews and the Turkey Duck Lasagnage (off menu). Some other fun dishes included Maltese Meatloaf and Bulldog Spaghetti. Everything is made in-house.

Olive eats her 'hot dog wiener candle' from the birthday cake!

Olive eats her ‘hot dog wiener candle’ from the birthday cake!

The small (Yorkie Size) was enough for Olive. Normally it’s priced at $4. With the birthday package it is included for the dog meals. You can get a Mastiff Size (large) for $7 or additional dollars to upgrade within the birthday package meal.

Fantastic dog cake made out of liver, mashed potatoes and cream cheese.

Fantastic dog cake made out of liver, mashed potatoes and cream cheese.

The owners are very friendly. The space is very clean and nice. There was some loud barking and growling from some of our bigger dog guests (Bowie and Fang lol) but I imagine that’s what would be normal happenings at a doggy daycare. Overall everyone got along quite well and Olive was very social, visiting with all of her friends!

Great turnout + time for Olive's birthday!

Great turnout + time for Olive’s birthday!

In total, the birthday party for 5 dogs (with some meals upgraded to large) was $113. I think this is totally reasonable, lol. But I’m also a crazy pet parent. :) But even just the normal price for dropping in with your dog though I think is totally reasonable and plan to do it with Olive way more now that we’ve tried the Doggy Style Deli for the first time!

Happy birthday Olive!

Happy birthday Olive!

I think this is such a neat, novel thing to do for your dog in Edmonton. A couple weeks ago I googled “dog-friendly stores in Edmonton” and got things like “Rona, PetSmart, The Movie Studio” and that was almost it. If you’re looking for somewhere to take your dog beyond the dog parks and outdoor markets (which there won’t really be much of now that we’re going into the winter season), then the Doggy Style Deli is a great destination!

It’s totally cute, and honestly, the pet industry is huge right now and pet owners are looking for fun things to do and buy for their animals, this is perfect for that.

Check out the Doggy Style Deli pitch on Dragon’s Den below:

I hope this place sticks around forever! They’ve already endured quite a bit, and have come out strong so I hope that continues. It’s also a great spot for the area. Stony Plain Road is trying to revitalize (all of the construction will help with that too so we just need to be patient lol). Something a lot of people might not be aware of as well is the dog-loving family who owns Doggy Style Deli also experience a lot of dogs being abandoned at their shop. They lovingly take the dogs in, keep them for a couple of weeks to figure out their personalities, and then try to find foster homes for the animals. On the day we were there, there were two chihuahuas and a couple of German Shepherds in need of homes too. So sad! But so great that the family cares for the animals and try to find them homes. Huge hearts here!

So have you been to the Doggy Style Deli?! What did you think?

Linda


Giveaway: Tickets to 2014 Edmonton Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival!

The annual Edmonton Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival is coming up Oct. 24 & 25 and I’m excited to give away a pair of tickets! I’ve been to this festival twice now and it’s been great both times. What’s not to like? Sip and savour (but for me, mostly savour) delicious wine and food. It follows a similar ticket format to Taste of Edmonton, buy tickets, then head to various booths and get dishes served to you for X number of tickets.

Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Festival Edmonton

From the website:

The Edmonton Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival returns to the Shaw Conference Centre for its 13th year! Indulge at the 2014 Festival as you sample an impressive selection of premium wines, spirits, and import and micro-brewed beer, as well as cuisine from an assortment of Edmonton’s top restaurants and hotels. Guests will enjoy a mouthwatering array of beverage samples and Edmonton’s top eats within a fun, relaxed, and social atmosphere. This year, the Festival will once again feature a Saturday Afternoon Session, providing even more opportunity to sip and sample. You don’t want to miss this fun and diverse Festival!

So here’s how to win your way into the 2014 Edmonton Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival!

One pair of tickets (valued at $46)
Valid only for the Saturday, October 25 afternoon tasting session (12-4 p.m.)
Shaw Conference Centre, Halls A-C.
Please note: You still need to buy your own food tickets.

There are multiple ways to enter (commenting in this post answering the question below is mandatory, while everything else is additional/bonus entries.)

  • Leave a comment on this blog post answering: What food sample are you most excited for at the 2014 Edmonton Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival? Click here to see a list of food samples! (Note: This is mandatory. You must do this in order to be eligible to win.)
  • Tweet this exact sentence: I’m excited to try the Edmonton @rockywinefood festival! Enter @lindork’s giveaway: http://bit.ly/1sHs4IQ #yeg #yegfood
  • Follow @rockywinefood on Twitter (let me know you’ve done this)
  • Follow @lindork on Twitter (let me know you’ve done this)
  • Like Rocky Mountain Wine & Food on Facebook (let me know you’ve done this)

Comments are moderated so don’t worry if your comment doesn’t appear right away!

This giveaway closes on Friday, October 17 at noon. I will randomly choose a winner based on the entries submitted.

Not sure about your chances? You could also just buy your tickets to make it a sure thing too!

*** UPDATE (Friday, Oct. 17) *** Congratulations to Dena (@koala_D on Twitter) for winning the pair of tickets!

Good luck and spread the word! :)

Linda