Neither of these has opened yet but look for them soon...
1. It was sad to see a couple of ambitious guys open a resto that was doomed by a moronic name, horrible stick-on window signage begging people to come in, and a completely unfocussed menu, but it was inevitable that "Chateau Grille House" (gotta love that "Grille," just screams upscale does it not?) at 14th St and 17th Ave SW, in the Nimmons Block, was finally put out of its misery a few weeks ago. I was praying for sushi or Malaysian, but we got instead another Vietnamese place- so that makes seven between 4th St and 14A St on 17th Avenue (counting the two Banh Mi places- and 8 if we go east of 4th to include Phat Cafe). However I have high hopes for this place (it's called Noodle King) because the menu includes at least one item I've never seen on a Viet resto menu in Calgary (it's called "fried macaroni" and the pics suggest, well, just that); something tells me this is more Northern Vietnam food, something you don't see much of in North America. Add to that that it is a block from our new abode and I'll give it a try and report back.
2. Vue Cafe, in the brand new location of that art gallery that used to be between Eau Claire and the greyhound bus barn (Virginia somebody Fine Arts), at 816 11th Ave SW, next to Soho+Nada. This is a Dwayne and Alberta Ennest project and it looks AMAZING in an absolutely gorgeous setting. The menu will feature a cheese bar, soups panini and tapas; the panini will be on Urban Baker bread and the options just might have us Calgary hounds forgetting, finally, about Wild Sage. Try this on: Smoked trout with goat cheese, grilled radicchio, and maple chive yogurt mayo... or buffalo sausage with manchego, pepper sprouts and roasted tomato jam. If they can put together roasted lamb, bleu cheese and arugula on a baguette (that was my fave at Wild Sage), they own me.
Onward- has anybody checked out the new and improved Hana Sushi? Looks great.