A new pop machine certainly might not seem like anything noteworthy. But this vintage Coco-Cola vending machine is much more than it seems. It actually swings open to let you enter a brand new hidden restaurant in Calgary.
Recently it feels like there has been a surge of undercover places to dine at in Alberta, and it is super exciting. We now have two bars behind a bookcase (Alchemy and Betty Lou's Library), plus a tiny spot that only has eight seats.
Ajito is Calgary's newest concealed dining spot that you will want to find your way inside of. To enter, you'll need to head to the back of Sho Sushi and then discover the secret door.
If you can find your way inside, you'll discover the new Japanese izakaya-style restaurant.
For those of you not familiar with izakayas, they are similar to pubs or tapas bars. It is a casual spot to hang out with your friends and enjoy alcoholic drinks and food.
Dining here will make you feel like you've been transported to Japan. Chef Takeshi Kawabe was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan and will be serving authentic Japanese cuisine.
While everything on the menu is tasty, one of the must-try dishes is the 'gram-worthy smoked tuna tataki.
You'll want to have your camera ready to photograph it, as it comes under a dome of smoke which flavours the fish.
To drink, they will have a diverse range of Japanese beer, spirits, wine, and cocktails.
Their signature drink is unlike anything you've had before. It has a milky Calpico mixed with Nigori sake, gin, Champagne, blue curaçao, lime juice and simple syrup.
Everything on the menu is super reasonable, too, so you can eat well without breaking the bank.
All the food items range in price from $12 to $22, while drinks are between $8 to $10.
Address: 7212 Macleod Tr. S.E., Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: You will feel like you've been transported to Japan.