Eat This Now Calgary: Ryuko's Wagyu Katsu Ball

This unique spin on katsu is worth a trip to south Calgary

A new Japanese-Korean restaurant in South Calgary is garnering plenty of buzz for its cool decor and tasty food.

Located just off Macleod Trail—across the road from the Canyon Meadows Station—Ryuko is a lovely designed two-level space that serves up a mix of Japanese and Korean dishes, many of which with a slight contemporary spin. While there's chicken katsu and tonkatsu on offer, the Wagyu Katsu Ball platter seems to almost jump out at you while looking over the menu.


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What arrives at the table is a platter of two delicately panko-breaded-and-fried ground wagyu beef meatballs alongside a punchy house-made tonkatsu sauce, tartare sauce, rice and shaved cabbage with wafu vinaigrette. Tucked inside each meatball is gooey mozzarella and to make things pleasantly interactive, you can hand grain sesame seeds if desired and sprinkle on top the tonkatsu or rice.

If this has made you as hungry as it made me, then make a point of checking out Ryuko for this delicious katsu creation as well as their Ishiyaki Wagyu (beef cooked right at the table on a sizzling hot stone), open rolls and more.

Ryuko is located at 13200 Macleod Trail and is open daily at 12 p.m. for lunch, happy hour and dinner seven days a week. Reservations can be made via Tock.