1126 Memorial Dr. W., Calgary
Signature Dish: Tasting menu
Dinner & drinks for 2: $130
Splurging on a special meal is worth every penny when food, service and atmosphere flawlessly combine for a magical evening. Such is the experience at Chef’s Table, helmed by Jeff Park, inside the Kensington Riverside Inn.
While an à la carte menu is available, let Park’s kitchen take the lead with the five-course tasting menu ($90), thoughtfully designed to build on each dish while also showcasing flavours.
Chef sends a tiny gift of arancini, a deep-fried burst of cheese and rice, with a welcome glass of prosecco, and then the opus begins.
Seared Albacore tuna is drizzled with a tastebud-pleasing mix of sun-dried tomato, pine nuts, and niçoise olives. Tongue is further teased with micro coriander cress and a dash of Japanese togarashi spice.
A rich wild mushroom risotto, crowned with shaved burgundy truffle, is even-handed on marsca-pone and grada padano without bogging down the creamy grains.
Heavenly seared sea scallops are anchored to earth with du Puy lentils, flanked by angels of roasted salsify, sprout leaves and truffle vinaigrette.
A sorbet intermezzo — an unfortunate jarring honeydew — is the only slip.
Perfectly rare rack of lamb is intriguingly paired with a Greek mavrodaphne wine. (Sommelier is top notch.)
The finale, a smooth and simple white chocolate crème brulée, hits all the right notes.
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