Asian Persuasion is turning 31! Ah, I remember the good old days when she was a mere 29 years old. To celebrate her birthday, I booked a reservation at Roku. If you’ve read the reviews on Yelp and Zomato and seen the fan fare on Instagram, you’ll know that there is a big foodie following for Roku, more so than my favourite Japanese restaurant in Calgary, Zipang. This visit was my second time at Roku. I picked Roku because Asian Persuasion loved Zipang but she wanted to go somewhere new.
What’s Up Hamsup protested because I picked a restaurant so far from work. He said I was exhibiting white privilege behaviour as I was married to L. I’m not sure if white privilege can be transferred by right of marriage or how picking a place that is out of the way can constitute such a claim, but I decided it was best to just not go there with him. Duly noted sir, for next time – restaurant should be within 10 minutes of the office.
Being the man that he is, What’s Up insisted he didn’t need to use his GPS (which I kept accidentally calling a UPS) to find Roku. Asian Persuasion told What’s Up to go to Sonia’s house, their mutual friend, but I guess he didn’t listen or forgot where Sonia use to live. We ended up in Rocky Ridge, passing Royal Oak by 10 minutes.
We finally got to Roku, which is situated in a maze-like strip mall. We ordered green tea ($2.00 per person) to drink. Office Dad ordered the sashimi and chicken karrage lunch combo ($15.00), which came with miso soup, a salad, a bowl of rice and a small scoop of potato salad. He asked our server at least four times how to pronounce karrage (KAH-rah-AH-ge). Āiyā (translation -tsk tsk) Office Dad – let us order our food!
Asian Persuasian ordered the sashimi and tempura lunch combo ($15.00). Asian Persuasion thought the sashimi at Zipang tasted a bit fresher. Office Dad concurred.
What’s Up ordered beef teriyaki and sushi lunch combo ($15.00). He liked the California roll, which he claimed tasted like there was plenty mayonnaise. His bowl of rice came too late, after he had already finished his beef.
I enjoyed my pick – the sashimi and sushi plate ($17.00). This combo doesn’t come with rice but I did get a bland salad and a hot, richly flavoured bowl of miso soup. The nigiri was well-made and the raw fish was cool in temperature and a generous cut. The rice was nicely seasoned, sticky and perfectly cooked.
What’s Up and Office Dad thought the cooked food was good. The prices are reasonable and the portion sizes won’t leave you hungry at the end of the meal. If you’re in the hood, this is a solid place for Japanese food.