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Nami Sushi

When Beep Beep was in town, I cooked several meals. By Sunday night, I was ready to order in for dinner. I used Skip the Dishes and decided on Nami Sushi. For this post, let’s listen to Led Zeppelin, one of my favourite rock bands. And yes, I know this music doesn’t go with the food in this post. Sometimes the heart wants what the heart wants.

We ordered a Negitoro Maki ($4.25), a Rainbow Roll ($10.95), a Salmon Battera ($9.95) and a Flames Roll ($10.95). Including delivery and tip, our bill was about $50.00. When you have a baby and motoring around is complicated, the convenience is worth the extra charges.

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My least favourite roll was the Rainbow Roll. This is pretty much a glorified California roll with pieces of raw fish and mango sauce draped on the top of each piece. I was surprised Beep Beep ordered this because since I knew her in 1996, she never ordered a Rainbow roll. When I asked when she started eating Rainbow rolls, she responded it was a new thing. Beep Beep noticed the tobiko was green. She said she never ate green tobiko before. I thought it was festive and reminded me of Christmas.

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Our favourite roll was the Salmon Battera. The torched salmon was smoky and slightly sweet. There was a thin layer of avocado underneath the salmon. Decadent and delicious. The appearance of the sushi rolls weren’t the most appetizing, but it tasted good to us.

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The negitoro roll was very salty. I liked the addition of fresh chives and that there was more filling than rice.

The Flames roll was good, but not as good as the salmon battera. I found the unagi sauce too sweet and the tempura bits inside the roll competed too much with all the other ingredients – spicy salmon, avocado, and benito.

I would order take-out again. It’s not in the same league as Shokunin, where the fish is incredibly fresh and of superb quality and immaculate presentation. But if your home  and don’t want to leave the house,  Nami Sushi and Grill will do in a pinch. I would order the Salmon Battera again and perhaps some simple maki rolls.

Nami Sushi and Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Bridgette Bar – Date Night

On the weekends, Bridgette Bar is normally booked solid until 9:00pm, which is around the time I like to be in bed to watch Cops. Despite trying, I haven’t been able to land a table for weeks. So on Wednesday night, when L and I decided have our weekly date night, we picked Bridgette Bar.

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The interior of the restaurant is awesome. I like the brick walls.  The restaurant is spacious with high ceilings and lots of light. Unlike Toronto and Montreal, Calgary doesn’t have a lot of heritage type buildings. Bridgette decor reminds me a bit of Model Milk, Workshop and Charbar , both of which have a historic vibe.

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There are two beers on the menu I like – Tokyo Drift: IPA #3
(Last Best) and Electric Unicorn (Phillips). L and I ordered glasses of Electric Unicorn ($8.50), an easy drinking white IPA with a hint of sweetness.

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We started with an order of garlic bread with cheese curds ($7). The bread was more like a croissant and inside the flaky, fragile shell was a good amount of gooey warm cheese. The taste of garlic wasn’t overpowering.

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My favourite dish of the night was the grilled octopus ($13). Octopus done well is so delicious. The warm, tender chunks of octopus had a nice charred flavour to it. The fennel was a nice compliment to the orange slices and the tart sherry vinaigrette.
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L and I shared the chicken sausage pizza ($20) with bacon, garlic béchamel, mushroom and jalapeno. The pizza was good. The crust had a nice crunch to it. The flavours of all the ingredients worked well together.

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I like Bridgette Bar. It’s the sort of place you bring out-of-town guests or someone you’re trying to impress. I’ll have to return to try the pasta, fish, ribs and more of that octopus. The prices are reasonable. With four beers and all that food, our night out cost about $70.00. Without booze, our bill would have been forty bucks.

Bridgette Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato