Calgary is a big city with a lot of restaurants. I enjoy searching out little places that don’t get a lot of acclaim, ones off the beaten path, and occasionally there are real gems to be found. Places, such as Pho Pasteur Saigon, are just holes in the wall. But, they are authentic. The food is simple, but very flavorful. Generally the prices are better, too. I’m a big fan of getting filled up on less than $10 per person.
Tokyo Garden is one of my latest finds. This restaurant is located in south Calgary by Southland Drive and Macleod Trail. It isn’t particularly big inside, but it’s not as small as Pho Pasteur Saigon. The decor it simple, and a bit run down. There’s several tables that allow you to sit on the ground to eat. The kitchen is open for all to see. Service is pretty laid-back, which can mean slow, but they do a fine job of taking care of the customers. It’s a peaceful restaurant. But, it’s the traditional and fresh food that makes Tokyo Garden a good find. The menu is large enough that people who don’t like sushi will be able to find something to eat. And, there’s lots of free parking.