Whenever my family goes out for dinner, I am usually the only one who cares where we eat. So I was rather surprised that my mom had a suggestion when I asked where she'd like to go for her birthday. She told me, "We could try that new sushi place... on Macleod Trail... that I read about in a magazine, I can't remember which." Without any more hints about the restaurant or the magazine, I told her I'd figure it out, but I'd been away from Calgary for so long that I hadn't realized just how many new sushi restaurants had opened on Macleod Trail in that time. So I put off making reservations until the day of the dinner when I was back in Calgary, and was pretty amused to find that the magazine she'd been talking about was Avenue, and that there was a copy sitting on our coffee table. The restaurant was Sho Sushi Bar and Kitchen, and I almost didn't make reservations as I'd read it was a gigantic space with two floors. I'm glad I did though, because when we arrived at Sho at 8 pm, the front space was filled with people waiting for a table while we were seated immediately.
My first impression of Sho was that it wasn't very traditional, nor was it trying to be. There was techno music playing, and the servers, almost none of whom were Asian, were dressed in tight black skirts similar to Cactus Club Cafe or Joeys. The space was modern and large but also cramped - the tables were quite close together, but not in a purposeful communal-dining type way.
|Fire Dragon Roll|
|The Silver Gold Roll (back) and the Seared-Grilled Roll (seriously, THAT'S a sear?)|
Top Pick of the Night: Fire Dragon Roll