Kensington Riverside Inn
Anyone tried this yet? We are going tonight. I've heard good things. Will post back on it later this weekend.
Here's the scoop on our dinner at KRI last Friday.
Six of us had the tasting menu, which was six courses. You can add a cheese course for an extra charge. You can also wine pairings for each course. We signed up for everything!
Himache Tuna with shaved fennel, pickled ginger and pomegranate juice. We all felt this was flat; a squeeze of lemon and sprinkle of salt would have finished this. The fish was fresh.
Dungeness Crab Salad with heirloom tomato water, melon and micro herbs. This was beautifully plated, with a quenelle of the crab, the herbs and tiny cubes of perfectly ripe watermelon. Our server poured the tomato water over all at the table. Although I found the quenelle a bit "eggy" with the whites that I'm sure were used to bind it, this was a delicious and nicely balanced plate.
Baby Purple Artichokes with Pecorino, frisee, and lemon caper dressing. This was a rustic, perfect combination. We asked for bread to clean our plates.
Charred Pacific Octopus with Sicilian olives, grilled fennel, sweet garlic and preserved lemon. Like the artichoke dish, this showed a deft hand at understanding flavors and combining them to maximum effect. I have to admit this style; rustic Mediterranean, is a favorite of ours. Really good!
Pan Seared Pheasant Breast with asparagus, morels, and Ratte potato. We all agreed this was the best pheasant any of us had ever eaten. The skin was crispy, yet the meat was tender and juicy. The fresh morels, asparagus and potatoes, were all very good, and the sauce was delicious.
House Made Ricotta Mousse with Okanagan cherries, lemon curd and thyme was perfect to finish. The tartness of the cherries and curd played off the creamy ricotta.
The accompanying wines all worked well. Our service was first-rate. All would definitely go back. (it was the fifth time there for one of the couples!)
Chef Theo Yeaman is one to watch!
We went there during Dine Out Calgary and found it to be a very enjoyable place. It's also nice and intimate where almost everyone has a good view of the kitchen. Nice watching the relaxed kitchen and see how things are prepared with care. The food was very good and reasonably priced. The chef has good credentials working at the Fat Duck and Lumiere.
I had dinner there on Friday and would concur with the rave reviews. Great ambience, food and service. My dining companion wasn't up for the Tasting Menu and so we ordered off the a la carte menu. We had the the Braised Shortrib Ravioli and Tomato Salad for appys and the Halibut and Pheasant for mains and they were all sublime. I also got some intel that the Hotel Arts Group will be opening an Italian restaurant in the Ariva Condo complex near the Stampede grounds.
Yep, Olives Bistro. There's a glam new wine shop at Arriva too, we stopped by yesterday.
We ended up at the Chef's Table again Wednesday- long story but it was spur of the moment- and this time we ordered a la carte too; I had the ravioli (soon to disappear as it's "a winter dish") and the "surf and turf" with scallops and pork belly, and I think I've found my favourite resto in the city.
Yes, Olives Bistro is now open in the Arriva building in Victoria Park. I ate there last week, and it was good but not outstanding. Quite expensive, staff wasn't very knowledge, but the food was pretty good. I was talking to an employee in the wine store next door, and he said they were supposedly opening a more fine dining Italian place on the second floor later this year.