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Divino...What should I order? (YYC)

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So I decided on Divino for mine & my husband's anniversary tomorrow. What should I order?
I need recommendations.

It's only once a year that I get to go anywhere fancy, you know. :-D

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  1. The menu has changed since I last went there, but I've never had a bad meal at Divino (although once my dessert was pretty meh).

    You can't go wrong with the short rib. Also, even though chicken isn't my first choice at a restaurant like Divino, having it with risotto bourguignon and bacon sounds delicious.

    Let us know what you ordered! I need an excuse to go back there soon.

    1. Link:

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      Divino Wine & Cheese Bistro
      113 8th Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1B4, CA

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      1. re: 23skidoo

        Divino!

        My home away from home when I am on business in C-town.

        The reversed ravioli with celeriac puree and black truffle and poached lobster and a scallop is my personal favourite but like 23skidoo I have never had a bad meal at Divino...perhaps assisted by Brian's pours at the bar...........

        1. re: Bob Mac

          I hope that doesn't mean that you have to be a drinker to appreciate the cuisine at Divino's! LOL

      2. I agree - I've never had a bad meal at Divino's.

        Some personal favourites:
        - Cheeses (we always do chef's selection of 3)
        - Mussels and Frites
        - Lobster Ravioli
        - Lobster Cannelloni
        - Duck Breast
        - Short Rib
        - Bacon wrapped sablefish (if they have it)

        mmmm I will say I tried the orange buttertart a couple weeks ago for dessert and didn't enjoy it too much. But then again, I'm not a huge fan of orange and chocolate together.

        1. Well, I was thinking of the lobster appetizer, if my husband will go for it. I actually think he might. Colour me surprised, lol. $20 for an appetizer? Blasphemy!

          And then I was thinking the chicken dish with the pearl onions and risotto whatnot. It was either that or the black pepper linguine, but that seems like something you could do yourself at home. I'm curious about the duck breast, but I have never had duck before (I don't think...) and I don't know if I'd like it.

          And then I was thinking the dessert with blueberry basil ice cream. Some sort of shortbread thing. I'd be in it mostly for the ice cream, which sounds yummy.

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          1. re: Lainey1978

            Lainey:

            Go for it. Truth be told I do not think that I have ever had a full meat at Divino as I usually work my way through the appetizers along with glasses of vino.

            Duck is one of my favourite dishes so I certainly would try it particularly since I tend to overcook it at home.

            1. re: Lainey1978

              I love the black pepper linguine there. It's house-made. It's pretty much my favourite dish on the menu. I've tried some of the other pastas and i found the black pepper linguine to be perfectly balanced. The sauce is not too heavy and I like the combination of the flavours. This dish has been pretty consistent every time I've ordered it.

            2. Oh, one more thing...what kind of portion sizes can I expect? In my head I keep expecting them to be tiny. Are the appetizers shareable, or no?

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              1. re: Lainey1978

                Portion sizes are good to order appy, main and dessert without being overly stuffed. If you're not starving, share an appy. I would stay away from the Lobster Ravioli, the last time we had it they were gummy. Otherwise, everything we've had there is good.

                Happy Anniversary!

                1. re: sweeterpea

                  sweeterpea:

                  "....stay away from the Lobster Ravioli..."......BLASPHEMY!!! [smile]

                  It is what I go there for....who cares about the silver dollar sized scallop when you can have truffled celery root and lobster claw-meat .... [grin]

                  Unless of course, there is a ravioli and a reversed ravioli....next trip perhaps.....

                  Lainey: ...not nouvelle cuisine, ie. drop $200 and order pizza later but not huge either, good for myself and "my significantly better half"....

                  1. re: Bob Mac

                    I'm sorry if you're offended, but I found them gummy. Just telling it like it is.

                    1. re: sweeterpea

                      I don't think he(?) was offended, I think he was just teasing you because he happens to like that appetizer. :o)

                      I don't think gummy would bother me too much when it comes to pasta. If I can't get al dente, I'd rather have gummy than mushy.

                    2. re: Bob Mac

                      Uh-oh...my husband likes to eat, and likes to get his money's worth. I don't think he expects to here, though. I hope there's not a lot of complaining in my future. Although he picked this one from a few options I gave him. Must-use-feminine-wiles. Or maybe nagging. ("Once! Once a year you take me somewhere nice! Quit complaining!") lol.

                      Maybe I should warn him ahead of time... :p

                      1. re: Lainey1978

                        I don't think you'll leave hungry. Just make sure you both get two courses.
                        Divino isn't FARM or one of the new wine bars where you get a single rib or 30 grams of paté for $15 (although I do love FARM).

                        1. re: Lainey1978

                          Tell him to not complain as it's your anniversary and your "nice dinner out". Tell him it ain't the Legion ;o) If you both share an appy and have two entrees and two desserts you'll do just fine or if you have two appys and share dessert you'll be ok too.

                          My hubby is a big eater and he did just fine. Heck, I'm a pretty big eater and I did ok too ;o)

                          1. re: sweeterpea

                            I'm a good eater too and I was too full for dessert the last time I went there. :)

                  2. Wowzers--you guys were right--the entree portions were huge! The appetizer portions were tiny (as were the desserts) but who cares? :-D I was stuffed!

                    So, I ordered the Butter-Poached Lobster to start. It was sooo good! Mr. Cheapskate wasn't going to order an appetizer, but I sort of made him, so he ordered the French Onion Soup. He said the cheese topping was probably the best he's ever had anywhere, but the soup itself was a little off. I tasted it, and thought it didn't seem quite right, too. It tasted like it had vinegar in it.

                    Then I ordered the Free Range Chicken (which came with Risotto Bourguignon, ONE pearl onion, crimini mushrooms and bacon). The chicken portion was HUGE! The risotto was a small portion but very good, and it was mixed in with "bacon" that was more like chunks of smoked ham. Yummy! My only complaints were that I only got ONE pearl onion (I love cooked onions), so I had to steal one from my husband, and that the sauce on the crimini mushrooms was a little overpowering. But overall it was excellent.

                    My husband ordered the Slow Braised Short Rib. He was happy with the portion size, but he wished it had more seasoning and that the accompaniments (potatoes, etc.) were hotter. They must have had the rest of it sitting out waiting for the short rib, because it was hot but the rest was only lukewarm. I told him he should have said something, but he didn't so I guess he can't complain too much. I thought it looked good!

                    Then for dessert I ordered a chocolate mousse on chocolate puff pastry with toffee almond ice cream. Mmmm, the ice cream was really, really good! The rest of it was pretty good, too, although the chocolate puff pastry had to grow on me. It turned out their actual dessert menu is totally different than the one they have posted online, so I had to change my plans from the lemon shortcake I was going to get. My husband didn't order dessert, claiming that he'd just try a "little bite" of mine. But then he took quite a few "little bites!" Sneaky, I tell ya.

                    As for the restaurant itself, it was kind of loud. I looked at the picture online AFTER I made the reservation, so I knew it wouldn't be quite what I'd had in mind (quiet, intimate). So next year I want to make sure we go somewhere quieter.

                    Now to plan for next year... :-D

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                    1. re: Lainey1978

                      Belated Anniversary Congrats.
                      Overall - it sounds like you had a nice evening. In regards to the "vinegar" taste in the soup. Often, I will deglaze the carmelized onion pan with wine, sherry or brandy. Perhaps, the sherry or wine had gone off...or maybe they even used balsamic vinegar. I do have a friend who swears by that...but it has to be really good balsamic.
                      Now - you can use the whole year to see what new restaurant comes on scene for your special night next year.

                      1. re: Lainey1978

                        Sounded like an overall nice time, I'm glad. Too bad about the soup. Next year ... Centini's ;o)