Location: 116 2 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 0B9
Point Sushi is located right where the Sakana Grill in downtown/Chinatown was. Upon walking in to the slightly aging building, the sterile smell of bleach or something like bleach assaults your nose just as before. After getting past the sterile smell of cleaning products, you venture in to an equality sterile looking environment. The place is clean, almost too clean, making you question what they’re trying to hide and you feel like you need to look for a spot that they’ve neglected to clean, but you find no such thing.
Despite giving off the feeling of sterility, the place is actually quite nice. There are three rows of booths seated next to a dual bullet train track, one upper and one lower. When you first enter the restaurant, you approach the cash register which in many Asian restaurants also doubles as the host/hostess station. You’re given the bill, a barcode that is linked to your table’s iPad. Once seated, everything is ordered via the iPad. All table settings except the chopsticks are placed above the bullet train tracks; the chopsticks are on the table next to the hot water faucet. As we learned during our first time here, all food and drinks will come by bullet train except for those which either don’t fit (which I haven’t seen any that don’t) or are prone to tipping over (like a Shirley Temple).
Each time before your dish is about to arrive via bullet train, a message will pop up on the iPad screen alerting you to its arrival. Maybe it’s because I’m easily entertained, but having my food delivered by bullet train is seriously the best thing ever. It’s also really nice if you want to minimize the amount of time talking to people for whatever reason (anxiety, just too tired to talk to people, so introverted that talking to people literally drains you, etc.).
I always forget that this is not an all you can eat and sometimes get a little carried away (which is then reflected on the bill). The menu still has stuff from when it was Sakana Grill, but it’s a more streamlined menu. It’s good in the sense that the chef doesn’t have to know how to make or waste time making hundreds of different dishes, but they took off one of my favourite dishes from Sakana, the Sashimi Wrap. No matter, they still have a fairly large selection of food and I’ve discovered just how much I love Inari (sweet bean curd). The other thing I like about this place is that the rice ratio in their nigiri isn’t disproportionate to the fish/topping, which is nice because when I go out for sushi, my goal is not to fill up on rice.
I would definitely come back to the place again and again. Sure it’s a little out of the way for me, but I think the food and mostly self-service is worth the effort. I would give this place a 4.25/5.