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Vero Bistro excellent addition to Kensington


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Vero Bistro excellent addition to Kensington

ChipChop | | Aug 30, 2008 09:18 AM

I have never written anything on this site before but after an incredible dinner last night I just had to try to get the word out about a fabulous restaurant in Calgary's Kensington area. My husband and I heard about Vero Bistro Moderne through a mailout the restaurant did. We live in the area and were very excited about the "tapas + wine" concept. The restaurant is very small but the decor makes it almost feel like a high end night club, red and black.. enough about that though onto the food.... We both settled on ordering the set menu which consisted of a starter, main and dessert. The first plate consisted of 2 braised scallops on creamed parsnip (I think) with pesto, pinapple salsa and a yam chip on the top... Not at all rubbery or tough, the scallops were done to perfection. The flavours were so intense and there was such a variety of textures that it made me take a LOT of time to eat it as I didn't want to finish was sooo good. If we thought the first plate was great, the second was all that and more. The main course was crusted rack of lamb topped with mushroom ragout, red onion and gorgonzola risotto and vegetables. The lamb was tasty, tender and cooked perfectly to med-rare as we'd requested. The risotto was rich without being over the top and complimented the lamb very well. The vegetables which are usually treated as an afterthought definitely weren't here: tempura courgette, roasted pepper, roasted tomato and steamed broccoli. Again, this dish had a large variety of texture and flavour. Dessert was creme caramel served with lemon sorbet, fresh berries and berry coulis. This dish was executed as impecably as the other two...enough said. We had such a great night. The server was very helpful, making sure all was well and pointing out the perfect wine to go with our lamb. I'm interested to hear about other people experiences at this restaurant. I would definitely recommend Vero Moderne and I'm hoping enough people find out about it that it stays around...not so many that I can't get a table mind you...