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AKA bistro, alias sleek food and wine

An intimate, sleek space in a century-old building, AKA is the latest entry in Calgary’s wine bar scene.

AKA Bistro Wine Bar
709 Edmonton Trail N.E., Calgary
403-984-7534

Signature Dish:
Lamb stuffed olives
Rating: ****½
Dinner & drinks for 2: $52

An intimate, sleek space in a century-old building, AKA is the latest entry in Calgary’s wine bar scene. (Yes, there is one!)

The menu and wine list are — hallelujah! — affordable, but doesn’t skimp on flavour and quality.

Wine by the glass ranges from $8 to $11; bottles hover around $30 to $70.

But don’t be fooled by the wine part of the bistro; the food is hearty, inventive and fresh.

Nowhere else have I seen lamb stuffed olives ($7), unabashedly battered and deep fried, laid on a balsamic reduction and adorned with shaved parmesan.

AKA’s take on the Caesar salad ($9) is a grilled romaine heart, left whole, with big crouton chunks and drizzled with roasted garlic vinaigrette. A salty blast of fried anchovy makes you sit up and take notice.

Brushed with honey and mint, the mustard-breaded lamb ribs ($11) are worth getting your hands dirty for.

Mains have something for everyone. The pasta primavera ($14) is a mountain of freshness; steak frites ($18) are solid.

Meat-lovers alert: the Mixed Grill rings in at a paltry $22 for Alberta lamb, farmer’s sausage, skirt steak and a fried egg.

AKA also serves brunch on weekends.

 
 
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