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March 2, 2012 [Cafe Koi]

I can’t recall why a couple of friends and I wanted to go here but we had a reason. 
Anywho, it’s a very neat place. Right beside a couple of shisha bars. 

We went in and it was moderately filled. We had reservations so we were seated right away. It’s pretty dark inside and all the tables are very close together. There’s a stage on one side so I looked a bit into this place when I got home and apparently, they hold a few shows quite often (scroll to the very bottom for the schedule). From live performances of jazz to comedy nights to open mic nights. Pretty awesome if you ask me. 

I got a fuzzy navel to drink.
It’s a pretty ridiculous name but it’s very delicious.

A friend got some cranberry drink. I ate a cranberry. Never again. NEVER. AGAIN.

our signature yam wedges served with our own garlic curry and miso dip

This was totally not what I expected. The yam was soft and I expected it to be deep fried. The dips were really interesting. The curry was kind of spicy and buttery and the miso dip was kind of like steak sauce with a nice tang.

The Lee Pacino
homestyle tomato sauce simmered with penne, spinach and topped with vegan  bean balls and asiago cheese
I don’t know if it’s just me or if the bean balls were burnt but they didn’t taste all too great. Nothing about this dish was special to me. 

friends’ dish.

After we were finished with our entrees, it took a while for the servers to come back to us so we could ask for the dessert menu. They were busy cleaning up the restaurant because we were one of the last ones to go. 
The servers were all very kind but we waited a LONG time to get the dessert menu and when we finally got it, we waited quite a while for them to get back to us to get our order for dessert.

Warm Fruit Filo Crisp
hand crafted filo pouches with fruit filling dusted with cinnamon sugar and oven-baked. served with ice cream, chocolate and caramel. ask your server for daily fruit flavor 
Awwww man I forgot what was inside. It was either peaches or apple although I’m pretty sure it was apple. It was quite good but cutting the filo was a bit difficult. 

Personally, I felt the food was overpriced for what it actually was. It makes itself seem to be Japanese themed restaurant but the food had no hint of Japanese whatsoever. Music was good though. Indie. Yay. 

1011 1 Street Southwest 
Calgary, AB

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