New Tang Dynasty – Chinatown

Intimidated by Chinatown? Don’t be! Hand-pulled noodles are one of several regional dishes this restaurant is known for. Special thanks to my friends for first recommending New Tang  Dynasty and since converting me to a regular patron of this local gem.  Tip: Order the Hand-pulled noodles in chili oil and add beef. What sounds like…

Escape Club & Board Game Cafe – Regina

We stopped in for the escape rooms and stayed for a drink. The drink menu is creative and seasonal. I opted for the “Killer London Fog” – a latte spiked with an earl grey Saskatchewan based gin.  The atmosphere is inviting, with it’s historical brick walls and board game lined shelves. The owner is witty and…

Billoos Indian Cuisine

A common nickname and term of endearment in India – Billoos is fitting for this friendly, family run business in NW Calgary.  I needed a fix of Chole Bhature – a great (non-spicy) vegetarian dish paired with two large puffed fried bread (bhature). We also ordered butter paneer (cottage cheese cubes in a creamy curry)…

Hunterhorn Plaza – Pho Thanh Vietnamese

This place is ALWAYS busy. Possibly one of the most affordable Vietnamese restaurants in the city so be prepared to use credit or cash. No frills esthetic, but perfect for large portion take out noodles and spring rolls had a perfect crunch. Next time I will have to try the Pho!

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…

Hunterhorn Plaza – Sushi Kimu

Small group seating and big on freshness. Sushi Kimu also offers “jumbo” sized rolls of your favourites. Tucked away in Hunterhorn Plaza – this restaurant is great for date nights and offers a menu with interesting rolls.

Jerusalem Shawarma

Large portions to keep you going on your trek to Ikea. Great tasting and fresh pitas. The hummus is creamy and cucumbers crisp – a well rounded platter.

Kiwa – Korean

The spicy seafood stew was full of flavour and even included some squid!

Diamond Bakery – Chinatown

I would never have found this location by myself as it is tucked below ground level. The staff are very friendly. The baking and pastry aroma will draw any egg tarts addict. I believe these are the best in the city. The perfect texture, flaky pastry around pretty yellow moons – these are well worth…