On a recent trip to Calgary, we stopped by this popular noodle joint on 16th to grab a quick lunch of tasty ramen. Decorated in dark wood accents and the usual bamboo themed decor, we were seated after a short wait inside this busy busy restaurant that serves ramen, udon and a handful of sushi menu items. But we're here for a hot satisfying, hit the spot noodles in a rich savory broth... ramen ramen ramen!!!
Made a bit more mainstream in Canada and the States with it popping up in popular anime shows like Naruto, I'm glad to see more and more Japanese noodle houses crop up. We passed up trying their sushi today, and went straight for the noodles. Our table eventually ordered the same thing... orders of Chili Goma Ramen and Shio Ramen. The Shio Ramen came with little mortar and pestle so you can grind up your roasted sesame seeds fresh to add to your noodles!
Its nice to interact with your food (other than slurping it down!) and I looove the scent of roasted sesame seeds.. Mmmm!
The Shio ramen is served with your choice of fatty or lean BBQ pork - both of us were good and went with the lean BBQ pork, knowing we were going to have a very rich dinner later on at night at Brasserie Kensington. The two large slabs of BBQ pork was very lean, though a bit on the dry side. The almost al dente ramen noodles were great at absorbing up the lightly salty rich pork based shio broth.
This huge bowl of hot savory noodles also had lots of chopped green onions, several pieces of sweet Bok Choy, a generous portion of wakame seaweed swimming in it. We dressed up our ramen with the fragrant ground up roasted sesame seeds and some fried garlic slivers (no pic) before digging in and slurping up a storm. Mmmmm!
We also tried the Chili Goma Ramen. In a rich, aromatic mild chili, sesame, garlic infused pork based broth lies submerged bits of ground pork, green onions, shitake, crisp bamboo shoots and the ramen!!
A little pile of toasted crushed peanut garnish tops this tasty and salty savory ramen. Pile on the fried garlic slivers found within the tabletop condiments for an added garlic punch, and dig in with the large ladle provided... no dinky little spoon for this gigantic ramen lol! Nom!!!
Overall, a great place to grab a hot, hit the spot rich and tasty bowl of ramen and a great addition to the Calgary food scene. Next time we'll have to try out their sushi selection.
Shikiji Japanese Noodles and Sushi
Address 1608 Centre St. N.E. Calgary, AB, T2E 2R9
Phone (403) 520-0093
Hours Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-9pm, Sat-Sun 11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-9pm
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