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“Great place to try Japanese food.”

Japanese Cuisine Daruma
Ranked #916 of 3,770 Restaurants in Calgary
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

Daruma aims to provide traditional authentic Japanese food in a smaller restaurant in a strip mall location. Not being Japanese I can't tell if it was authentic, but the dishes we tried were interesting and tasty and like all Japanese food, small. We tried a number of tapas including the baked oysters and beef tataki, and a variety of Sushi, which were all good. Prices were comparable to what you'd pay at other similar Japanese restaurants, but I though the food was of better quality at Daruma. If you don't love Japanese food it's probably not for you and I think because of that fact, and the small portions, I gave Daruma an overall "good" rating rather than the "very good" that it probably deserves.

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Reviewed May 5, 2013

If you are unable to get into the hugely popular Zipang restaurant and are looking for a good alternative, look just a little further along 1st Avenue SE and you will find Daruma Sushi restaurant. Is is a little less expensive, has some unique dishes and really good attentive service. Great web site too check it out: http://darumacalgary.com/index.html

From the outside it is unimpressive mostly because of its location but don't let that put you off. Inside it is clean, fresh and friendly. I had a couple of the more basic dishes because it was my first time here and I like to compare dishes I frequently try. So the sunomono salad was fresh and tasty, not too sweet and served with lots of octopus, a perfect starter. To follow I had chirashi, the presentation was unique, served in a square rice bowl with a great variety of seafood on top of perfect rice, yummy.

Next time I am going to try some of the more unique Japanese dishes served at this delightful little restaurant. Give it a try, it won't be so easy to get a table here as soon as the word gets out about this hidden gem!

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