We checked out Big Fish again, after about 5 years. Our experience 5 years ago wasn't that great, jammed up to the bar, small portions and an arogant jerk waiter, so we just never went back. Well, since then we moved closer to there, and have been trying so support Restos in our area so decided to give it another go, on a busy Saturday night.
I love fish but it's so expensive and sometimes not great in Calgary so I don't have it that often. So this was definately going to be 'fish' night out. I started with the butter lettuce and crab salad with citrus buttermilk dressing. The lettuce was very fresh. The crab was not so great. It tasted fine, but it was a darker color and I often bit into shells bits or sand. It wasn't picked that well. The dressing was delicious, however the salad was not properly dressed, just dressing poured on top so there were quite a few pieces of lettuce with no dressing at all. Hot Date had the fish chowder, which was absolutely wonderful, hot and creamy. I wished I'd ordered that!
For an entree I had the Sablefish Hot Pot ($26) with honey glazed parsnips/carrots, served with ginger rice on the side. I guess I really don't know what a Hot Pot is.. I was expecting it to be more of brothy fondue with pieces of fish, but it was a single piece of sablefish perched on top of the carrots/parsnips mixture served in a cast-iron covered dish with very little liquid in the bottom. The fish was cooked appropriately, but the carrots were quite hard, and undercooked. The parsnips were good, in comparison. The rice was un-inspriring and a little crusty around the edges. Overall the dish was mediocre. I wouldn't get it again, but there was really nothing 'wrong' with it. Hot Date had the evening special, which was a whole seabream fish ($29) topped with chimichuri sauce, served over baby potatoes. It was very good. Hot Date loved it and ate every last bite. But we warned, that it is a whole fish, head, eyes, tail and all.
We brought our own bottle of wine. The corkage was $20. A little steep, I think, but it was Saturday. There was a mix up between our waitress and hostess, so we there we sat with wine on ice and glasses but no one opened it for some time. But after we got the wine going, the service was attentive and friendly.
We ended with the Open Range coffee (Coffee with maple whiskey and frangelico) ($6). Good quality coffee, nice and hot. Desserts were $8 each but we didn't see anything that appealed to us so we passed.
I think I would go back to check it out again, especially for the chowder. Do any Chowfriends, have any favorite menu items we could try next time?
1112 Edmonton Trail NE, Calgary, AB T2E 3K4, CA