100 Ninth Ave. S.W.
Hours of operation: Mon-Fri 11:30 a.m. lunch, Mon-Sat 5 p.m. dinner. Closed Sun.
Rush’s luxe dining room is Calgary’s most gorgeous place to lunch with precise food and impeccable service to match.
Slow roasted beets ($13) flirt with slivers of manchego cheese, flounce off wedges of tart grapefruit and rub against pine nuts in a bed of fresh greens.
The Spring Creek beef burger ($15) is cooked to order, stacked high with double smoked bacon and white cheddar, lettuce and tomato. Fries are decent but it’s hard to compete with the juicy burger.
A nod to new executive chef Andrew Stevens’ last position in the Maritimes, the lobster bisque and knuckle sandwich ($22) make me daydream about the humid breezes of those shores.
Rush’s riff on a traditional lobster roll omits the mayonnaise to show off the delicate meat.
The molten carrot cake ($10) is incredible. The warm filling flows as it hits your fork, with a divine homemade white chocolate ginger ice cream on a bed of caramel crumbs.