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Anju is Back, Calgary & It’s Better than Ever

Anju Calgary - Global Dish - Stephanie Arsenault
So, Anju has reopened {cue dramatic inhalation, followed by even more dramatic hollers of joy, popping of Champagne, and perhaps the odd firework or two}.

Anju Calgary - Global Dish - Stephanie Arsenault

Anju Calgary - Global Dish - Stephanie Arsenault
The original northeast location of the Calgary favourite, run by the über-talented Roy Oh, closed up in 2013 with plans to become bigger and better in its new, trendy 17th Avenue location. Oh, Roy, have you ever delivered.

I had the chance to check out the new location the night before it opened, and Roy and his team served up some of the classic dishes from the original locale: Korean tapas at their finest.

Anju Calgary - Global Dish - Stephanie Arsenault

Anju Calgary - Global Dish - Stephanie Arsenault
There were oysters, and then some more oysters {but the second time they were baked with gochujang, garlic butter, and parmesan}.

Anju Calgary - Global Dish - Stephanie Arsenault

Anju Calgary - Global Dish - Stephanie Arsenault
We ate Gochujang Chicken Wings that were messy and spicy and required a handful of napkins – or even a hand-washing station {but that’s what made ‘em so damn good}.

Anju Calgary - Global Dish - Stephanie Arsenault
We had Crispy Tofu with pork belly, sweet sautéed kimchi, and citrus aioli {if you’re going to make me eat tofu, it better involve pork belly}. It was so good. So, so good. This tofu alone {okay, those wings, too} make the trip downtown worth it.

Anju Calgary - Global Dish - Stephanie Arsenault
Since we went all vegetarian {sort of} in the last course, they served up some Wagyu Skirt Steak with Montréal steak spice, sesame oil, and green onion salad. It’s all about balance, right? Simple, yes, but packed with flavour and perfectly cooked.

Anju Calgary - Global Dish - Stephanie Arsenault
Next up, Braised Sablefish with gochugaru caramel glaze, daikon, zucchini, and potato.

Anju Calgary - Global Dish - Stephanie Arsenault
The last course was this gorgeous hot stone rice bowl {Dolsot Bibimbap}, pictured below. It was a mixture of all sorts of goodness, including chicken, vegetables, and an egg cooked to 63 degree perfection.

Anju Calgary - Global Dish - Stephanie Arsenault

Anju Calgary - Global Dish - Stephanie Arsenault

Anju Calgary - Global Dish - Stephanie Arsenault
Before saying goodbye, we finished up with some Black Sesame Punch and Gochujang Chocolate Cookies {it’s like milk and cookies. Delicious, boozy milk and cookies}.

Anju Calgary - Global Dish - Stephanie Arsenault
Hungry yet? I am. Now excuse me, I’m off to get my tofu fix.

Anju Calgary - Global Dish - Stephanie Arsenault

Anju Calgary - Global Dish - Stephanie Arsenault

Anju Calgary - Global Dish - Stephanie Arsenault

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