Nupo | Calgary’s Best Restaurants 2024

Nupo’s aesthetically pleasing dishes are matched by impactful flavours.

Trafford Farms mushroom steak at Nupo. Photo by Jared Sych.


Who’s Behind It
Chef-owner Darren MacLean, Shokunin Collective.

What’s on the Menu
Japanese-inspired fish and plant-forward dishes, with a six-seat omakase sushi bar.

Why We Love This Place
The best restaurants maintain a sharp focus on the quality and preparation of the food, provide service of an exceptional level, and integrate storytelling as part of the experience. Nupo provides all these elements in a setting that emphasizes comfort and familiarity while providing the technical diligence one would expect from a restaurant in one of the world’s great cities (and where the bill would be expected to be three times the price).

Dishes are plant-forward and prepared with the care one would expect in Japan. The aesthetically pleasing compositions are matched by impactful flavours: Entrees such as the sablefish “unagi” donburi are a delightful find in a city where seafood often plays second fiddle to steak.

Along with its continued excellence in its own food programming, Nupo also hosts chef-owner Darren MacLean’s Cultural Chef Exchange series, which brings in renowned chefs from all over the world. These elements of care, quality, knowledge, storytelling and service create the ideal setting for those who are curious about what the world has to offer, without having to leave the city.

631 Confluence Way S.E., 587-353-1388,, @nupoyyc


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This article appears in the March 2024 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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