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Apr 17, 2007 08:07 PM

Quiet Ethnic Restaurant in Calgary?

Hi there!
My Dad is visiting me in Calgary and I need a place to take him for dinner. He has tinnitus of the ears and therefore we need to go somewhere relatively quiet. He runs a small Mexican restaurant, and therefore has much appreciation for spicy ethnic food!

I know of a few godo ones in Calgary (e.g. the Kasbah), but none that are open on Sundays.

Any ideas?


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  1. The Rose Garden Thai Restaurant (8 Ave. SW at Centre Street) has excellent thai done to your liking for spicyness. One weekday evenings, it is very quiet and there are not many diners.

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    1. re: aktivistin

      That was exactly what I came to post. Quiet, nice place, and heat if you want it. I concur with Rose Garden.

      PS: ERTW.

    2. Last I checked, Mt Everest (Nepalese, as you'd expect) was open Sundays, and it's both definitely quiet and while it's not spicy there's a nice big bowl of this chili condiment that spices everthing up

      I live about 100 feet from Moti Mahal so I should know this, but I am pretty sure they have a Sunday buffet.

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      1. re: John Manzo

        Thanks for the ideas! All of those places are closed Sunday evenings except for Moti Mahal, so I will try that one.

        I was also considering Aida's Mediterranean, "Tibet on 10th", "The gypsy" on 817 1 Street SW, "Marathon" in Kensington.. Can anyone else comment on the food (and noise levels!) in these places? Thank you!

        1. re: amber_ertw

          Aida's would probably be the busiest of the bunch. the food is great, but i think it's probably the noisiest of the choices you list. The room's ceilings are high and the sound tends to bounce around in there. Marathon is excellent (my favourite Ethiopian resto in the city), and i don't think it would be too noisy. Actually, if you get placed at the upstairs table, it can be very quiet (i got seated upstairs on a date once, and we rarely even saw our server, lol). i ate at gypsy once and didn't find it to be great value, especiallly compared to the others listed in this thread.

          1. re: marcopolo

            I agree with Marco completely. Aida's is great, but will be really loud, im not thrilled with Gypsy either, but i think Marathon is hit or miss depending on how many people are there.

            Another possibility is Noodle King (Vietnamese), on 17th and 14th SW. It's very quiet, only has 5 or 6 tables, has good Vietnamese food (especially the satay beef noodle soup!), and is open Sundays for lunch and dinner.

            Caribbean food is spicy - but the locations in town are mostly take out. I've heard the Green Grotto is good, but have never been so don't know how loud it would be.

            1. re: yen

              Yen, last I checked Noodle King is closed Sundays.

              1. re: John Manzo

                Thanks John. The brochure they have says they are open, but i called them, and they aren't. Good to know!

          2. re: amber_ertw

            Absolutely do not go to Aida's. Great food, but it's VERY loud. The last time I went there it was totally packed and there were some very rude women in there that were cackling (yes, cackling) at the top of their lungs. It was so bad we had to leave early.