Seek Out Sabu
Japanese and Korean food collide in a delicious fusion
Located a 15-minute drive east of the main Whyte Avenue strip, the Japanese/Korean fusion restaurant, Sabu Sushi Bar, has a menu long enough to impress any range of late-night-sushi palates. Like the mix of Japanese wood block prints and Korean pop music, the menu is a split between Japanese and Korean dishes that are faithful to their origins.
Take, for example, both the nigiri combo platter and the kalbi Korean barbecue ribs. Both are savoury representations of their respective cultures: The salmon nigiri melts in your mouth while the kalbi barbecue ribs maintain an exquisite balance between salt and spice. So whether it’s chilled fish or peppery beef, you’re sure to find a dish that suits your taste.
Some of the most intriguing offerings are a fusion between the two cultures. The bulgogi sushi rolls combine Korean style beef or spicy pork with seaweed and rice for a new way to enjoy an old staple. While not my favourite, the experimentation keeps things interesting for those who’ve eaten their fair share of chopstick chow.
Try an experimental fusion, or stick with classics like the spicy dynamite rolls or a bowl of brothy shabu shabu. The bigger the group, the more tastes can be enjoyed, though it will probably take more than one visit to exhaust all of the dishes Sabu has to offer. (7450 82 Ave., 780-756-7228)