About our name: “Y93”

Why Y93? What is the meaning of “Y93”?

Y is the initial of our last name, 93 is our house number, Y93 represents our family. The meaning behind it is to invite you to our HOME. Enjoy the things that we love — from Food to our living style, our hobbies, our stories.

In our “home”, everything has a little story in it. Not just the people, even the dishes and the chairs inside our cafe, all have their little stories in it. (Ask us when you come visited, ok?) We believe that every story has a heart, it is exclusive and valuable, it is meaningful and full of memories and emotions. This is why we love sharing stories and listen to yours.

We are not just share the food & drinks that we liked; we also share our love with you. When we have time, we love to talk to you. Our customers are just like friends!! They would love to share their wonderful moment and sometimes they also share their sadness moment. We really appreciate your love and trusted. Our philosophy is “Love only grows by sharing.”

“The universe is not made of atoms. It’s made of TINY STORIES.”

“Real happiness doesn’t come from getting everything you want. It comes from sharing what you have with the people who matter.”

When you walk through our doors, we hope that you know you are invited into our home. We hope that our stories can inspire you in some way. Every single story is an experience, it’s unique. Even though life is not smooth all the time and it very well never be, but there is always, always be someone out there to support you until the very end.

This is the meaning of “Y93”.

Yes, we WON!! ——————— Champion of “Calgary’s Best Fish n Chips Award”!

In December, we jumped out from our comfort zone and challenged ourself to join the “Calgary’s Best Fish n Chips Award” competition hosted by Culinaire Magazine. Although Fish n Chips isn’t our specialty; we still decided to accept this challenge.

We accepted because we also love Fish n Chips. We have been to few different places to find the best one. The most memorable one was in Montreal Old Port. That dish is memorable because they used Salmon, not many places used salmon in Fish n Chips. More surprising was the seasonings, it has a touch of curry favour in it. It’s crispy, delicious and also different from others. So we loved it.

Although we are not specialty in Fish n Chip; we also want to SHOW Calgarian there may be another way to enjoy Fish n Chips too. That’s the reason we created the Y93 Japan cultural infused Fish n Chips and join this competition.

Joining the competition is a fun and valuable experience. It’s also an learning process too. We need to find the best balance in ingredients, taste, sides, presentation, original creativity, innovative, affordable. and more. But the most important part is the judges’ overall experience. This involved suggested pairing drinks, adding fun & surprise factor to the dish, and how easy for them to enjoy. We want to let our diners know, we used our heart on each creation. We care about every single details. This is also our promised. Every customers are invited guests to Y93 home enjoy the best we offered.

It’s our honour to be the champion of “Calgary’s BEST Fish n Chip” Award in contemporary category. It’s definitely the best news we’ve got in the beginning of year 2021.

We are thankful that our CEO is guiding us and walking through with us in every single step. Ask us for more journey with God story when the dine-in option open up. It’s very real and we would love to share that with you, hope it could also inspire you.

In the future, we will keep being innovative. Creating lots of different delicious and fun Japanese food to all of you. We promised will do our best in every creation. We approved, you approved!

For the full details on the other best Fish n Chips in Calgary and more information of this award, please go visit Culinaire Magazine official website or simply get a free copy of the magazine.

 

My first REAL guitar — It’s Japan made!!

It is a Fender Stratocaster Hot Rod Reissue, means it got upgraded hardwares like Floyd Rose tremolo and Dimarzio pickups and some fancy wiring under the hood, it was made in Fujigen factory, Matsumoto Nagano, Japan, arguably the best guitar factory in Japan. I brought it new in the summer of 1993, and oh yeah, mum paid half of it.

It was a hot summer break, and for some reason, I managed to got myself a decent, but boring summer job, working at a bank.I remember it was mostly a data entry and filing kind of a job. It was kinda nice to sit in an office all day with A/C cranked. Also, the same summer, I got dumped by my girl friend.

I been playing guitar for couple years by then, I had an budget electric guitar that never really suits my needs or style, more importantly, most of my guitars heroes play Stratocaster. So I saved up most of the money I got form the summer job, and start shopping, I remember spent a couple weeks going to the biggest music store in Hong Kong, played all the Stratocaster they have, and keep going back to the rack that they stock all these Japanese made Fender guitars, they played and sounded and looked great, the only problem was, they were a bit out of my budget.

One night, I sneaked out for a cigarette and got caught by my mother, surprisingly, I didn’t get yelled at too much, instead, she started lectured me a lesson about life, specifically focused on relationship and and all those stuff, the whole point was, it is ok to be dumped. At the end of the conversation, she asked me if there was anything she can do to make me feel better, and the next day I was at the music store again, having trouble to pick the color of the guitar I wanted!

It was red and basically my weapon of choice for all the gigs I’ve got.

Our story — The Dream of Y93

It all began with a dream deep inside the hearts of our chef, Alan, and his loving wife, Susanna, to create a place in this beautiful and energetic city where people can share their stories and connect with each other through good quality Japanese cuisine.

For Y93 café, 2018 was a year filled with hardship yet a new beginning as well. Chef Alan who used to be successful in his career became a man with brokenness. He was feeling lost and could not see happiness. In the midst of sadness, — (We see God!!!) however, it was also the time when Chef Alan and Susanna welcomed their youngest boy to the world. It was a year in which they found their passion and love together.

Alan and Susanna used to always invite their close friends and family over to their home to enjoy their private kitchen cuisine, where they shared their love of good food and laughter. With a passion for Japanese cuisine, they decided to open their own Japanese restaurant.

Alan and Susanna are thankful to be part of the community and hope that their customers will enjoy their food and services every time they visit Y93 café – a place to feel connected.