Good food, something "different" - Calgary?
DH and I are entertaining my brother and three of his friends during the second weekend of Stampede. The four of them visit from Vancouver every July on a wine-buying excursion and they usually like to do at least one night "out."
This year's request is to find them a restaurant that has good food and is a little "different." These guys like to eat and like to drink wine, so a good wine list would be a bonus. Area of the city isn't important, nor is price - within reason (no $100+ tasting menus). I think they're looking for something with a little bit of an experience to it. For instance, last year, we all went to Bolero. The merits of Bolero can be debated in another post, but it served the purpose of being something a little different. No specific food types have been excluded.
Gold Wonton is a new-ish Chinese hot pot restaurant in Falconridge. It's expensive for hot pot ($23 for all you can eat - I think this is the only option), but everything is very fresh and tasty and there's a lot to choose from. I know there isn't wine involved here, but it's interactive and fits the bill of being a bit different.
Here's the address:
5441 Falsbridge Drive NE
we stopped into Jaro Blue on the way back from Sled Island last night (just int time, kitchen closes at midnight) and they are just getting better and better. Very nice wine list and it would be pretty much impossible to spend more than, say, $50 a person on food.
Only prob: no reservations. But this place is a treasure.
You should take your friends to "The Ranche" in Fish Creek park on a Sunday for brunch. The Ranche only does brunch/breakfast on Sunday and I suggest a reservation. However, its the best brunch in Calgary, better than River Cafe and better than deluxe diner...Calgary's best kept secret.
The apple fritters with devonshire creme are awesome, as a brunch appetizer and either the elk ham eggs benedict or the tenderloin/crabcake with poached egg and hollandase are simply awesome - kind of a surf and turf breakfast. Have great mimosa to wash it all down!
Great ambiance in the rustic house which harkens back to old alberta. And when you reserve ask if you can sit on the porch, for a little extra ambiance.
Here is the menu...http://www.crmr.com/theranche/pdf/The...
Best of luck entertaining!!
I would also give a vote to Jaro Blue. We made our first trip there for lunch on Sunday, and the food was excellent.