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Bears Den - Recently I purchased tickets to a 4 course meal including 4 wine parings for $90 a seat...this was a steal. Great value from this hidden gem in the North.

The courses;

Hotchkiss Tomato Salad with Sherry & Mint Vinegar paired with 2007 Matetic EQ Sauvignon Blanc (Chile)

Alberta Bison Bites with Fresh Herbs & House Made Yogurt paired with 2006 Chateau Ste. Michelle "Indian Wells" Merlot (USA)

House Made Lemon Sorbet

Slow Roasted Berkshire Pork Tenderloin with Cocoa Dry Rub & Ancho Chocolate Merlot Paste on top of Creamy Polenta paired with 2006 Rutherglen Estates Petit Sirah (AUS)

Dark Chocolate Praline Angel Food Cake with Warm Chocolate Ganache paired with 2005 Chateau Raumieu Lacoste Sauternes

They also added a lovely fruity dessert cup after cake. The wines paired well and the pours were generous. Anywhere else in Calgary and this would have been called 6 courses...isn't it nice when restaurants OVER deliver to their customers?

The menu was created by Chef Alaa Daoud and apprentice Garett Jetti and though this was my first trip wayyyyy up North, Bears Den delivered excellent value with this promotion and a solid dining experience all around. The roasted pork in particular was the finest preparation I have had. Any chef that serves me pink, juicy, tender pork is a friend of mine. Too bad this promotion ends November 15th but if you haven't been to Bears Den, I recommend you make the trek based on what we tasted.

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  1. Sounds like a great meal ureview thanks for posting. I havent been out there in quite some time so it's nice to have a fresh take on the place. How'd you find the tomato salad - to me the mint seems like it might clash with tomatoes or was the mint more of a background flavour?

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    1. re: maplesugar

      More of a background flavour, definitely not dominant. The salad was served a tad too cold for my liking...but that may be nit picking. The acidity of the tomato was dulled a bit by the cold IMHO.