Restaurants & Bars

Back From Calgary

Bob Mac | Aug 22, 2003 11:08 AM

Am now back in Edmonton after a week in Calgary.

Ostensibly there to attend a conference but did a fair amount of wining and dining.

As much as it "pains" an Edmontonian to accord plaudits to anything remotely Calgarian I have to admit that I was thoroughly impressed by the restaurants.

Sunday nite I had some appetizers and cheese and wine at the Divino Wine & Cheese Bistro. Very good food and excellent wine.

The next day I had lunch at Centini at the fish I had was top notch as was the service and wine.

I had dinner up at the bar at River Cafe because the dining room was full. Again, top notch pork chop that was brimming with juice and some good riesling to go along with it.

Went back a couple of more times just to sip some wine on their patio. Cannot beat the location and the wine list, especially Canadian, is terrific.

I also had a lunch at Teatro. I thought that I had eaten there on a previous trip to Calgary but must have been mistaken as it was not at all what I remembered. However, food and service were terrific.

Server knew his wine and when I asked for a pinot noir he obviously tasted it first and told me he had some reservations about serving it. He was right. It was not very good and was replaced with his suggestion of a 2001 vintage of Blue Mountain Chardonnay which was perfect with my halibut.

I had lunch alone and then returned the following day with my wife for dinner at Il Sogno in "Bridgeland". It was not good, it was OUTSTANDING. The food there was as good as I have had in a very long time.

No question I could just return and dine on their pasta primo courses. Outstanding flavours. Beautiful presentation.

A few glitches in service but apart from that, worth every penny at this admittedly expensive Italian spot. Calgary you are fortunate to have such an owner chef in your midst as you are to have co-owner Patricia as such a lovely hostess. I will definitely go back the next time I am in C-town.

Even Catch which disappointed in May was better this time but more so because I sat up at the bar and had some oysters and wine chatting with the friendly server rather than venturing upstairs.

The only "disappointment" and that may be overstating things was Cilantro. Friendly service, good wine list but "dated" in decor and food would be my assessment. With the benefit of hindsight I should have just ordered one of their wood burning oven pizzas.

Did not eat at Murietta's but did have some wine out on their balcony overlooking Stephen's Avenue. Quite the impressive "physical" plant especially that one dining room with the stained glass skylight.

All in all, a great time and I am looking forward to a return visit when my liver recovers .

Bob Mac

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