Taste - 1st Street, Calgary
I've seen posts about the new 1st Street rejuvenation, but I don't think anyone has mentioned Taste yet. I think Calgary needs more little funky places like this. First, gorgeous room. I loved the wood, steel, concrete thing they have going on. Menu - small plates for sharing, tasting boards and snacks for the table (pretzel bits, olives.) I loved my tomato and buffalo mozzarella salad and the beef tartare was nice and spicy. My friends and I really dove into the wines by the glass and loved every one. The list is small but super funky. When I went last week they were doing Spanish whites and Southern French reds. The server mentioned that they switch out the regions every month. A fun night out! Anyone else been in?
The lamb riblets were terrible, 80%fat and pretty tasteless (and I LOVE lamb). Everything else was pretty good but really expensive, eg the $20 cheese plate was great but you could get it for $15 at Vin room or Farm, the olives were great but $5 (they're free at Olives, Alloy and Vin room everytime I've been). Gorgeous decor and comfortable seats but I didn't care for the single bathroom (OK I just don't like to wait, some people take a really long time maybe powdering their noses). Great service, knowledgeable staff - overall, pretty good, worth trying.