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Restaurant of the Month: Japanese Village

By Jennifer Hilliker

Photographers: Bill Bishop and Todd Patterson

At this teppanyaki-style restaurant, your evening starts off with their complete dinner menu. We recommend the teriyaki chicken, which comes with a village garden salad with house-made dressing and a bowl of Shabu Shabu soup–its thick texture may turn some patrons off, but we think it’s pretty tasty. You’ll also get short-grain rice with heaps of the flavourful ginger sauce.

After you’ve ordered, a chef arrives to prepare a dinner to remember. The Japan-trained chefs cook on a grill right in front of you, and are experts in knife throwing, fire-tricks and joke-telling—they prepare “authentic Japanese vegetables from Safeway,” “authentic Japanese shrimp from the Bow River,” and “authentic Japanese mushrooms from my basement.” If it’s a special occasion, customers can try cooking along with the chefs, or staff members will come out to sing a Japanese birthday song and make you wear a costume. Finish off the meal with orange sherbet or green tea ice cream, also included in the price of an entrée.

Cuisine: Japanese
Address: 317 – 10 Ave SW
Phone Number: 403-262-2738
Price Range: $19.25 – $28.95 for entrées

Tip: There’s evening parking in the parkade directly across the street for just $2—a rarity in downtown Calgary.

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