New Tang Dynasty – Chinatown

Intimidated by Chinatown? Don’t be! Hand-pulled noodles is one of a handful of items this restaurant is known for! Special thanks to my friends for first recommending, but also for discovering lamb skewers on the menu. Tip: Order the Hand-pulled noodles in chili oil and add beef. What sounds like a simple dish is surprisingly…

Japanese Fusion – Japa Redheads Cafe

Very unique space and menu. Reasonably priced with specials and features each day. Fusion aside, Umami is the focus here – even the stir fry was complex between smoky flavours and included non-standard vegetables like lotus root as well. Our adventurous order was the takoyaki – balls of fried battered octopus – did not disappoint…

Last Best Brewpub – Lunch Spot with Co-Workers

A quick location to walk to with co-workers from downtown and a great place to meet groups – Last Best always has a fresh menu. I opted for a light lunch and ordered an appy for 1 – Bannock with Bison Steak. It was layered nicely with a strong cheese, and the bannock was nice…

Speakeasy – SubRosa

Hidden beneath the old Bay location at 8th ave & 1st St, it definitely has an exciting entrance, getting ushered through hallways, doors and elevators. The actual bar itself is quite swanky. The drinks can be on the high end – so just go in with that expectation, a friend ordered a $50 drink by…

Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse

This is a perfect fancy date venue – though maybe not a first date as you will be eating A LOT….so don’t be shy! I fasted all day in anticipation of this! ha ha. It is fun and interactive as servers come by with numerous cuts of meat and carve directly onto your plate. Surprisingly,…

Mina’s Brazilian Steakhouse

Wow was the steak good. Kale salad with pickled pink bits was a crisp light start. Love the ambience and best of all the staff – as they were incredibly accommodating of my food restrictions and super friendly! Kinda want to go back just to buy their in house hot sauce and to try regular…

Olly’s Shawarma Counter

My co-worker swears by the shawarma here – I believe it is run by a separate business only over the lunch hour, and possibly only certain days of the week. Line up early as they sell out just about every time! I had the beef donair and was possibly the best I’ve tried. An awesome…

Rolled Ice Cream – a Sweet Treat!

So apparently this is a popular street food in Thailand – where fixins are cut up and cream is super-cooled in front of you to make for sheets of ice cream. These sheets are then “rolled up” and topped with…mmm more cream. Yum. I really enjoyed Sweet Tooth and appreciate seeing new businesses in Chinatown…

Bon-Ga Korean

This is a gem in Chinatown! Bento box lunch special was HUGE with #kfc, beef rib, BBQ beef, pork, a bowl of miso and more! The sides of radish and sesame sprouts lightened up the meal as well. Enjoyed the k-pop background music too. It is a bit hidden in Chinatown, but worth the small…

VO – Downtown +15 Vietnamese

Located in the Bow Valley Square, this restaurant recently had a full makeover. This is one of the most popular restaurants for quick takeout in downtown Calgary that you should plan to get there early to miss the lines! Very reasonably priced considering the location, adding to its popularity. Most lunch entree items are around…