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Sep 2, 2007 09:57 PM


The south of Calgary is dying for good restaurants…and there is no relief in sight. Halo advertises itself as a steak and seafood house with a great wine list…ummm….yeah….right. This place is like walking into an episode of Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Disasters. First of all…they were out of the first three wines we ordered…I won’t even comment on the wine service, some things are best left unsaid. The escargot I ordered…a triumph of flavorless chew. The menu is all over the place…but given their steak and seafood “focus” we ordered prime rib and halibut…the prime rib was tough and tasteless. The halibut we ordered was clearly frozen in a bag, poached in boiling water to reheat, slapped on a plate and then covered in sauce. Terrible. When the waitress asked us if we wanted dessert she made a point of emphasizing the fact that ALL of them are homemade (the implication being…nothing else there is). In short…this was $140 I’ll never get back. To end on a positive note, at least they spent some money making the room look nice.

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  1. True the place looks better then it did when it was the Bull & finch...........But why advertise that its a wine bar then don't have a wine menu???? We had one drink in the place and left........Glad we didn't order!!!

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    1. re: cckid

      Haven't been down that way in a while... is it still that god-awful purple-ish exterior?

      They say don't judge a book by its cover, but, my reaction on seeing that exterior:

      "Yeesh, I'm never eating there!"

      1. re: newJJD

        Same god-awful color...god-awful food. We should start a pool to see who can guess how long they will last because I can't imagine they get many return customers. Calgary diners support all sorts of bad places but this one takes the cake.

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      1. I'm not a wine drinker so I can't vouch for that, but as for the food, I've had nothing but good experiences so far. Their halibut tarragon is a particular favorite of mine. The service has always been friendly and attentive. I've been happily introducing this spot to many of my friends. I didn't go there with expectations of good wine, only good food. And that's what my friends and I have always got. As for the colour, I kind of like it. Who care's anyways?

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