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Are Calgary restaurants overpriced? (moved from Canada board)

pickyeater | May 28, 2006 12:54 AM

Many seem to be debating the price of eating out at "good" restaurants in Calgary lately. Is it too expensive? I've been looking at various prices at restaurants that have AAA beef tenderloin on their menus and comparing prices - of course, sizes of steaks may vary and depending on what sauce etc would make a difference (ie truffle versus mushroom)- So heres a list of whats on the menu at fine establishments in the city:

Rouge - Grilled Alberta Beef Tenderloin, Browned Sage Butter, “Dirty” Sea Salt $40

Il Sogno - AAA beef tenderloin grilled rare with Arugula salad, sangiovese reduction and Parmigiano Reggiano shavings - no price on their website (so $$$ they wont deign to show it?) I'm guessing approx $35

Centini Seared AAA Alberta Beef Filet – warm gorgonzola cream $38


La Chaumiere - Filet of Alberta "Galloway" beef with black truffle sabayon $29.50

Capo - Pan-seared 7oz AAA beef tenderloin, young gorgonzola mousse, port reduction &
sautéed broccoli rabe $34.50

Murrietas - Aged, 6oz Beef Tenderloin - Port wine, cassis glaze.$30.72

The Living Room - 8 ounce fillet, black truffle jus and roasted fingerlings $38

Considering the prices that even Tony Romas, Earls etc charge for even a striploin I don't think its too way out there. Also some of these establishments use tablecloths !! AND don't have fillers on their plate such as fries, baked potatoes that usually go back to the kitchen anyway.

I can't think of anything nicer than sitting in a beautiful dining room such as Teatro or Capo and eating off fine china and drinking from fine crystal. Maybe the bill's more because we definitely wouldn't order a $70 bottle of wine to go with our Pizza or Quesadilla at Earls?

I think that most of these places get a bum wrap that they're too expensive - what do you think??

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