U & Me (Calgary) – The BEST way to fill-up after having eaten a shoddy meal
This is an old post from May 2008. I decided to withdraw it because U & Me were handed a huge fine in December 2008 and actually closed for a while. The issues were (from the Alberta Health Services website): “Perishable foods in this food establishment are not being kept at a proper temperature or are otherwise not being handled in a safe manner. ” Also: “Utensils (specifically large items) and equipment such as tables and counters for use in this food establishment are not being cleaned and sanitized properly.” These are a few among the many critical complaints.
I have since gone back to U & Me and have survived it. It is still one my top picks for late night chinese (if you have that sort of craving. Here is my post again in adulterated form (and heckled by some dude in the comment section who knows nothing about Chinese food).
I graduated in May 2008. Our banquet was held at the Telus Convention Centre at a cost of $100/person. Very VERY pricey, especially given the fact that I had my high school graduation at the Round-up Centre and it cost $50 bucks/person.
This is a tiny 5cmx8cm piece of steak. It is served with some mushy vegetables and an ice cream scoop of mashed potato. Very classy indeed. No requests were taken regarding how people wanted their steaks done. As such, they come out fairly variably. Most were medium-well, some were medium, and some were rare.
This is a chocolate mousse with an orange sauce. This was pretty tasty. Very cocoa-y and smooth. Only irritating part was the chocolate number 4 drizzled onto the plate. The plate must’ve been very cold when it was drizzled on because for the life of me, I couldn’t get ANY of that chocolate off. How silly I must have looked scratching away at my plate.
Pretty darn disappointing meal for $100 bucks. I dropped $200 for Jules and myself here. If it wasn’t for my graduation, I think I would preferred the chef’s tasting menu at Capo ($95/person + GST + tip).
So off to U & Me we went to fill ourselves up. Located on the second floor of a sketchy building in Chinatown, it is THE place to go for late night Chinese (but only if you have lots of $ to spend). Several years ago, the clientele was primarily asian but I have noticed in the last 2 years or so, there are more non-asians than asians. You won’t feel awkward when you eat here.
In chinese, this is bak-fan-yuu, or white-rice-fish. It is basically tiny little fishes that are battered and fried with hot peppers. This is my favourite dish to have late at night. The tiny little black spots are the eyes of the fish. Very yummy indeed (if you can wrap your head around eating an entire fish in one bite). Too expensive though ($14).
This is fried rice with shrimp, scallops, peppers, egg, and tiny capelin roe. Bloody pricey for how big it is ($14).
Jellyfish with shredded chicken breast and hot peppers. Not a bad deal for $14 because of all the jellyfish you get.
Fried squid with hot peppers. Delicious.
You can’t go wrong with greasy Chinese food if you are still hungry after a meal. Be warned: you will sleep really sound almost immediately afterwards.
U & Me, 233 Centre Street SW, (403) 264-5988