I have also considered taking part in the 12 course menu but considering the 7 course was $128 the last time I checked, I'm thinking it might not be worth it. I had the 7 course there before, and while it is in the upper tier of dining as far as Calgary goes IMHO, it is still miles away from other cities (Vegas, New York, San Fran) I have been in. While the meal was good, nothing really stood out. The progression was very predictable and everything felt "safe".
I did once inquire about doing an extended tasting menu at Chef's Table over a year ago and they were more than happy to oblige. However my plans got squashed very early in the planning stages and I haven't had a chance to see if it can still be done.
Rouge done an extended tasting of 8 courses (versus 6...now it may be 7?) for my wife and I about a year and a half ago. This was a little more adventurous than Q Haute, but again nothing really caught our attention except a fabulous tomato dish.
About your pricing concern. That seems to be the way Calgary dining is. You get the prices that some highly regarded restaurants across North America have, but you dont get the same quality or experience. Seems like Q Haute is priced high? It probably is because they can get away with it in this city.
Thanks for the advice. We were told $300 for 7 course or $475 for 12 (with wine pairing). 12 course without pairing was $300. Not sure about 7 course. Way too much.
Chefs table is our standard place when we are in town. Was there last night actually. Will have to ask about extended tasting. We usually do the regular tasting and add a dish or two to it. Was good as always.
Trying blink tonight.