Award-winning chef and owner Roy Oh puts a modern twist on Korean cuisine. Anju, which translates to “food you eat with alcohol” is casual food, meant to be shared with friends and eaten with alcohol. Eat. Drink. Live.
ABOUT CHEF ROY OH
Roy Oh is an award-winning chef who puts a modern twist on Korean cuisine. Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, the self-taught chef and managing partner of Anju restaurant moved to Calgary in 2003 where discovered his passion for food while cooking for his church’s Christmas parties. With no formal training, Roy took a job at Joey Tomatoes and began learning the basics.
After two-and-a-half years at Joeys and a short stint at the Glencoe Golf & Country Club, he was ready to bring his unique style of Korean cooking to the public. Anju, which mean “food you eat with alcohol,” opened its doors on New Year’s Eve in 2008 at an obscure location on the west side of downtown Calgary.
Not discouraged by this challenging location, Roy stayed true to his vision and slowly people started hearing about this little restaurant serving Korean food unlike anywhere else in town. By 2013, Anju was firmly cemented on the culinary map and garnering widespread press recognition; however, Roy felt that the restaurant couldn’t reach its full potential at its former location. A partnership was formed with Concorde Group and together they reopened Anju at 344 17 Avenue S.W.
Anju recently celebrated its 10th anniversary on New Year’s Eve, 2019. The celebration welcomed friends old and new to reminisce about memories made and create new one. Roy continues to push the boundaries of cuisine in Canada. Anju was recently named one of the best restaurants in Calgary by both Where magazine and Avenue.