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Albertagirl Mar 7, 2010 10:28 PM

I know the chef has changed, any comments from anyone under the new regime?

  1. sweeterpea Mar 9, 2010 07:17 AM

    Not sure when the chef changed, but we had a beautiful anniversary dinner there last September.

    1. pants Aug 23, 2010 04:15 PM

      Anyone been lately? I'm considering this and Rouge for the SO's birthday dinner Saturday or is there somewhere else i've forgotten?

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      1. re: pants
        sharonanne Aug 23, 2010 05:07 PM


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          Dan G Aug 23, 2010 08:28 PM

          Service at Rush has been spotty (actually, mediocre to horrible) the times I've been there. Rouge...service was too friendly and almost condescending (you don't have to start every sentence with "In French dining..." then do things like explain what an amuse bouche is, but never actually use the term.... I've been to France, ate there...they acted like every customer was a newbie to fine dining.

          I'd go with Chefs Table (Kensington Riverside)- one of the best meals I've had in calgary

          1. re: Dan G
            sharonanne Aug 23, 2010 09:21 PM

            Really? I much preferred the food at Rush. The service was similar at both.

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              marcopolo Aug 24, 2010 11:36 AM

              I preferred the food at Rush over Rouge as well. The service also, even though there were a few hiccups and miscues with our service throughout the night. I like the room better too - it's more theatrical...

              Still, I think that the food at Rush is definitely at the top for fine dining in Calgary.

          2. re: sharonanne
            pants Aug 24, 2010 11:37 AM

            i've been hearing pretty underwhelming things about rush lately....

          3. re: pants
            cancowboy Aug 23, 2010 08:40 PM

            +1 for Chef's Table.
            All the dinners I have had there have been great. And I think the room is much more intimate that either Rouge or Rush.

            You might also consider Muse - although I have not been there recenty.

            1. re: pants
              John Manzo Aug 23, 2010 08:54 PM

              We've has stellar meals (higher-end, I mean) at Catch and at Alloy this summer.

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                pants Aug 24, 2010 11:36 AM

                we just ate at Catch a couple weeks ago - it was a nice meal but didn't justify the price. I found after finally dining upstairs that i prefer the bar.

                Alloy was a disappointment the last time we were there, poor service an the food wasn't quite as good as many previous visits. I'm glad to hear you had a good meal there, i'll put it on the list to try again.

              2. re: pants
                ybnormal Aug 23, 2010 10:55 PM

                Chef's Table has always been good to me.

                Really also like Petite. Had a couple really good dinners the last few months, with a fantastic shrimp couscous salad, and a terrific lamb loin. Haven't tried their new summer menu yet - was there a couple Sunday's ago where they were offering a set menu.

                1. re: ybnormal
                  pants Aug 24, 2010 11:36 AM

                  love Petite! but that was the birthday meal last year :)

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                NumberFive Aug 24, 2010 06:51 AM

                I was going to ask a similar question. My wife and I are going out for the anniversary this weekend. Last year we did the tasting menu (with wine pairing's) at Chef's Table and loved it. Would like to do a tasting menu again. We're not opposed to going back to the Chef's Table, but should we consider Rush instead? Any other places where the tasting menu makes for both great food and a great experience that I haven't thought of?


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                1. re: NumberFive
                  alley Aug 24, 2010 05:15 PM

                  I have a soft spot for The Ranche this time of year: it is so pretty out there right now. No tasting menu, but if you start off with the Charcuterie plate, then appetizers, main and dessert you will have more than enough to try.

                  I had a tasting menu at the River Cafe a while back - you may be able to arrange something if you call ahead. It was excellent, one of the best meals I have eaten in Calgary. And again, this time of year, if it's not raining, it will be beautiful there.

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