I know its already 3 weeks in, but.......
What was your best / favorite meal of 2007 in Calgary restaurants?
Maybe there were 2 or 3 that shared the spotlight.
Mine was at Da Guido. In November I went there for my first time and I must say I was pleasantly surprised on so many levels.
First, it was off the beaten path or at least away from the trendy and saturated areas of town. This was a nice change. The service was efficient, mature and knowledgeable. The room was properly lit and the music was a dull background lull.
The food was spectacular. Not the most technically detailed but really really tasty. And plentiful. The lingini with fresh seafood had lots of fresh parsley and lemon and the pasta was cooked properly. The mussels, clams, squid and prawns were also cooked perfectly. I drizzled on some extra virgin olive oil that I asked to be brought to the table and I loved every bite.
Next came truffle risotto. Almost soupy and beautifully creamy, the way I love risotto. I like it a little more soupy so that as it cools it doesn't become so thick and cloying as to be inedible. It was also perfect.
My bone in ribeye was huge. Im a serious carnivore so this was a good thing. It was cooked a proper medium, rested sufficiently and sauced with a rich mushroom, green peppercorn and cognac cream cauce. Things are classics for a reason. Because they are good. Enough said about that. A little sauteed spinach came on the plate to provide a clean green bite intermittently.
I lingered over a couple terrific espresso afterwards and the chef came by to chat. He was authentic and obviously loved what he was doing.
This experience made me appreciate tradition and maturity in cuisine all over again.
Thanks Guido, for my best meal of 2007.