#26 11440 BRAESIDE DRIVE SW 403-238-3770
(Open Mon-Thurs 11:30-14:00; Friday 11:30-14:00, 16:30-20:30; Saturday 11:30-15:00, 17:00-20:30)
Every time I would go to the bank in a strip mall in Braeside (SW), a little nondescript Japanese Izakaya would catch my eye. Finally, I tried it out today for lunch, and am extremely pleased to say that it is a real gem in the far Southwest that is bereft of top-notch restaurants (especially Japanese ones).
Their specialty is kushiage items (breaded, deep-fried items on skewers), but they also do noodle dishes (udon, soba, yakisoba), tempura, onigiri, and sushi. We had a couple of rolls (BC, Creamy Scallop, and "Cruncky") - all were very well made, with the "Cruncky" being a large soft-shelled crab creation that included cheese in the filling and came atop a salad of romaine lettuce, radish, etc.. Also tried a Bacon Scallop kushiage that was tasty and came with a choice of a wafu (Japanese tonkatsu-style sauce) or chilli sauce.
All in all, it was very satisfying to find such a cool restaurant in the South. It is a small space with only a long sushi bar type counter that overlooks the open kitchen. The staff were very friendly. Upon enterring the place, you will see water, and hot and cold mugi-cha (barley tea) set out for you to serve yourself. Although it is called an izakaya, it doesn't look like they've got a liquor licence yet, as there was no alcohol on the menu.