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May 23, 2008 08:33 AM

Kensington Riverside Inn

Anyone tried this yet? We are going tonight. I've heard good things. Will post back on it later this weekend.

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  1. I am so glad that you are going. Can't wait to hear. This has definitely been on my list since they opened but just haven't made it yet.

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    1. re: higgika

      Friends of ours stayed there a while back and loved it. Would like to hear a recent report to see if it's still good.

      1. re: sweeterpea

        AG is, I think referring to the new resto there.

        1. re: John Manzo

          Ah, ok. Well, it will be nice to have a great meal and stagger to your room. I await a report!

          1. re: John Manzo

            I was referring the restaurant. From all accounts the accommodations are outstanding. Just haven't heard anything since the resto opened.

      2. 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!

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        1. re: Albertagirl

          ooooooooooohhhhhhhh morels :-)

          so... what was the damage? How about w/o wine pairings or cheese course?

          1. re: John Manzo

            Tasting menu - $95, Cheese course $20, Wine Pairing - $60
            My guy, who is much more knowledgeable in the wine department, looked over the wine list and felt they had some good selections, and that they were very fairly priced.

            1. re: Albertagirl

              $95 for six solid courses sounds like a good deal indeed.

              How was the octopus?

              1. re: John Manzo

                The octopus was (on my plate) a beautiful curled end tendril. I'm a fan of octopus, and could have had more, but it was treated as one of the components of the plate, not the star. Tender tho..., and nicely charred.

          2. re: Albertagirl

            Thanks for the review! Is this the Inn around the corner from Muse on Memorial?

            1. re: Hart50

              that's it- now managed by Hotel Arts group.

          3. 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.

            1. We had our 13th anniversary dinner there last night- same menu as AG- it was INCREDIBLE! One of the best meals of my life with service that was nothing but stunningly good. I'll post a big entry to my blog later today, with lots of pics.

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              1. re: John Manzo

                Hey John,
                Glad you enjoyed it as much as we did.
                Happy Anniversary!

                1. re: Albertagirl

                  I owe you a big thank-you for posting you review, AG, since that was what motivated our visit.

                  A note to all: the tasting menu will change every two weeks.

              2. 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.

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                1. re: Hart50

                  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.

                  1. re: Hart50

                    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.