What’s in it?
Rice, Mozzarella, Cheddar, Salmon, Bacon, Bonito flakes, Nori, Unagi sauce and Japanese Mayo.
How was it?
- The “crust” of this pizza is made of rice and cheese (mozzarella & cheddar), tempura fried: sounds simple but it’s really good, crispy on the outside and gooey in the inside. It is also quite spicy, but when I asked what ingredient made it so flavourful, all the waitress would tell me was that the Chef uses specific spices to achieve this result. I don’t know what it is, but it is delicious!
- On top of the tempura lays the Japanese mayo, the bacon and salmon. Now before I tried it, the idea of mixing these sounded really odd… but I have to say it works amazingly well: the bacon is soft (not crunchy at all) while the salmon is fresh and melts in your mouth. The Chef sprinkled Shichimi Tōgarashi (“seven flavor chili pepper”) all over the salmon, which provides an extra kick to the already seasoned tempura, while radish sprouts add garnish and a sharpness in flavour to the pizza.
- Last but not least, Bonito Flakes and thin Nori strips are scattered across the “pizza” for a little saltiness, quite welcome given all the spicy flavours.
Would I have it again?
I will try to go back before the end of YYCPizzaWeek, as I thoroughly enjoyed this out of the ordinary pizza. The Samurai Sushi is a solid contestant and deserves all the attention it can get – spread the word!
Where is it? What about the $$?
Address: 625 11th Ave SW, Calgary AB, T2R 0E1
Hours: Mon: closed / Tue-Thu: 11:30a to 2:30p & 5p to 10p / Fri: 11:30a to 2:30p & 5p to 11p / Sat: 5p to 11p / Sun: 5p to 9:30p
Phone: (403) 237-8588
Price: $20 for the pizza (and part of it goes to Calgary Meals on Wheels)