With the leaves turning yellow, you know winter is around the corner for us. On my endless quest for good food in Calgary, we decided it was time to try Cafe Momoko, a neighbourhood eatery on Weston Drive, just across the street from West Springs. Walking in, we were delighted with its decor. It is cozy and comfortable with soft plushy seats, glass tables and wrought iron furniture.
We had a craving for Japanese food but the menu also had Korean dishes too. The lunchtime menu caught our eye because of the prices but it was well into dinner so these dishes were unavailable. Shucks!
We ordered a number of rolls and the Beef Yakisoba. We found it a tad sweet for our liking. The rolls were nicely presented and the fish seem fresh which is a mandatory for us. Sushi and sashimi needs to be fresh and not fishy in any way. We noticed something different with the rolls here. They used lettuce and a green tobiko instead of the red or orange types that we are used to seeing. The green tobiko reminded me of the fresh wasabi that were served to us at Ken of Japan in Simi Valley.
The service is awesome. The owner/ waiter/ chef is genuinely friendly and seems to want to know their customers’ response to the menu, taste and presentation. After serving us, dried peas in a package from Taiwan, he mentioned that he tried buying it in bulk but decided against serving it because he didn’t want his customers to think that he was reusing the peas. We told him the dried peas were tasty and he should continue serving them this way.
For those of you who are interested in these packaged dry peas, they are available at the Canadian Superstore in World aisle.
To be perfectly honest, I have been going to Why Not ItalianRistorante in the Strathcona Square for a number of years. I’ve seen different waiters come and go, so the service is definitely sporatic at best. The pasta is delicious and the calamari is so-so. The brushetta is nice and so are the dinner rolls (if the waiter decides to give you some). They are thrifty when it comes to feeding you bread so if you’re like me, they will be annoyed with you before the night is out. The veal is good no matter which dish you choose. The salads and soups can be improved but so can the service.
The cook makes delicious pastas such as the Linguini alla Vongole (or clams), both red and white sauce, Spaghetti Bolognese, Linguini Diavola and Linguini Pescatore as my favourites. Their veal dishes are awesome too such as Vitello alla Pizzaiola and Piccata al Limon.
I would still recommend eating here. The food is delicious, atmosphere is typical Italian and the after dinner drinks are fair. If you don’t like the service, just give a smaller tip but don’t blame the cook – she’s the best!
The Lilac Festival 2012 was the place to be a few weeks ago. After cruising up and down 4th Street, it was time to sit down and rest those tired feet. We decided to walk west on 17th Avenue and stumbled onto a coffee house at the corner of 17th Avenue and 5th Street. The place is called ‘Waves’ and they make some yummy stuff such as a Matcha Latte. This green concoction is made of matcha green tea powder, hot water and milk. It’s made like a capuccino and it is deliciously hot. They mix enough matcha green tea powder in it that makes the drink a little tart like tea should be. The milk in it makes it smooth and delicate. It’s a must try if you’re in the area.
They have lots of soft lazy chairs to lounge in while you sip your drink. For more privacy, go upstairs and sit by the fireplace. There’s also a boardroom for rent if your group is too large for the sitting area.