The Altadore (in Calgary)
Just tried The Altadore for lunch and I think it will be great - soon. They are located in the old Alexis location on 16th Street SW and they are open but just unofficially. They still have a few bugs to work out and apparently they are planning a Grand Opening in the next few weeks.
The menu is marvelous and the flavour combinations are very exciting. I had a grilled chicken sandwich with sage pesto, double cream brie and sliced green apples. Yummmmm! A side Caesar salad and some shared sweet potato chips and it was lovely lunch. My friend had a flat bread pizza with bacon and sweet onions and said it was good - how could it not be?! Two coffees and our lunch was $25 - very reasonable.
The decor is a bit stark and dark but very modern and has a bit of a club feel. I can't wait to come back in the late afternoon for a glass of wine and an appy on the patio - not the weather for it today! Anyhow, they do have a few bugs to work out but when they do I am certain they will become a favourite stop in the neighbourhood. I know I look forward to returning.
We walked in last night and after being ignored for 10 minutes or so, we walked out. It was hot inside with no one there and full outside with people mostly having drinks. The appetizer menu looked good, but nothing else appealed. They definitely need to fix their bugs.
It was really good, and quite inexpensive. It looked like there was only one girl working and one manager on the floor, she did really well under the circumstances (patio full, two tables inside). We had a bunch of appys ($8-14) and a pizza (NOT flatbread or thin-crust, more like regular crust, thin on toppings but really tasty and only $10). I'd agree with Diane, the entrees didn't appeal so we didn't try any. The music was jazz/blues-y, there were 2 tvs and the decor was minimal - I'm not sure if they're trying to be a pub or a club, but they do allow minors so they're probably still working out their niche. I think they'll do well, I'd certainly recommend trying it out.