Banzai YYC

I love summer! It is my favorite season of the year and one wonder’s why I live in chilly Calgary where we get essentially 10 months of cold weather, but that’s a different post. Now that it’s warm and sunny we’ve been able to do more walks outdoors, which is what we’ve done with the kids. They enjoy being outside and seeing all the different things nature has to offer.

Our usual walk takes us past Banzai, where we typically stop off to pick up some lunch so we can enjoy it while at the park. So it was extremely exciting to hear that Banzai opened a new location in Marda Loop and invited us down to check out their new digs.

Atmosphere: A quaint sushi joint that’s perfect for a quick bite.

Price Range:
Mid $10s

Food: I decided to order the Spicy Salmon Poke Bowl, which is something I’ve always wanted to try on their menu. There was a good amount of salmon which was nicely marinated in a sweet soy sauce with lots of avocado and cucumbers on top of perfectly cooked sushi rice. The hubby decided to get the Tonkotsu Red Ramen. The noodles were well cooked and was topped with slices of cha siu pork, corn, bamboo, egg and green onions.

We also ordered the Tuna Sashimi and Shrimp Tempura which were nice additions to the meal. It was nice to try some of the dishes we’ve been eyeing for a while on their menu. I am still intrigued by their “Create Your Own Poke Bowl”, you can mix and match toppings and sauces to make a bowl all your own. We also really like their bento boxes which comes will crispy chicken katsu or tempura and their sushi rolls. I’ve tried their spicy tuna roll and I love how fresh the tuna is and it’s just the right amount of spiciness.  

My Pick:
Poke Boke

Overall: Currently Banzai is located in Kingsland, Capitol Hill and Marda Loop so hopefully you can find a location close to home. It’s a great place to drop in for a quick bite or to grab some takeaway (they also have delivery options). I love that you can also grab some yummy Japanese treats while there like Pocky Sticks and special Japanese beverages! I’m hoping that the summer weather sticks around for a while this year so we can continue to enjoy our walks to the park and also some al fresco lunch with Banzai!

Banzai Marda Loop

2008 33 Ave SW, Unit 17
Calgary, Alberta T2T 1Z4
(403) 475-9973

Banzai Kingsland
7724 Elbow Drive S.W.
Calgary, AB T2V 1K2, CA
(403) 253-8120

Banzai Capitol Hill
1104 20 Ave NW, Unit 1
Calgary, Alberta T2M 1E8
(403) 453-8120

Website: BanzaiYYC