I'm trying to find a good jazz spot in Calgary that is not The Beatniq. I love the Beatniq but cover charge is too much for my liking. I don't drink so a place that serves food is a wonderful alternative for me. Thursday nights at Cafe Koi is open mic Jazz night. It says it starts at 8pm, but didn't really start until maybe 8:30ish. I think next time I'll plan to go a little later maybe about 8:30ish, we were there at 7:30 for supper. The food was a little slow to come out, but I think it's good because then you have time to enjoy the music. Open mic is not restricted to an age group, there was an 11 year old boy in a fedora who played the piano and sang. No classics, but still, what a brave kid!
The interior is pretty modern, black, very comfortable for such a small restaurant.
We ordered the Ginger beef and the Roasted garlic hummus with flatbread. The portions were on the smaller side, but both tasted fantastic.
There are a lot of bowls. Each bowl has rice in it or noodles if specified.
(I apologize my picture quality went down when my battery died in my dSLR)
I'd definitely come back again, but only on Jazz night!
Roasted garlic hummus
The Tiger claw bowl is a yellow curry with prawns and rice on the side.
Shinobi salmon bowl: curry with Thai salmon.
Seoul food: seasoned sirloin beef with the signature chili maple sauce on top of veggies. The rice tasted pretty fantastic with the sauce.
Firecracker Parfait, it looks very large, but most of the glass contained large pieces of fruit.
Coffee Cake, was sort of hidden by the massive sphere of vanilla ice cream. Not a huge fan of vanilla ice cream, but I enjoyed the coffee cake, soaked with maple drizzle.