Today's [Saturday July 8]edition of the Globe and Mail includes a review from Joanne Kates of Saint Germain, River Cafe and Capo.
Saint Germain does not fare very well, "Saint Germain...is lionized locally as one of the city's top three restaurants. If that's the best they've got, then Cowtown might as well still be the land of steer'n'beers. Which it kind of still is.." ouch!!
Even complements concerning "good intentions and good ideas" like the commitment to local ingredients are dulled by the conclusion, "...the execution is rough and unsophisticated".
River Cafe does much better as well it should in IMHHO given the excellent meals I have experienced there, "This may be the best place east of the Rockies for summertime brunch...".
But Chef Di Gennaro's relatively new spot Capo gets something close to a rave review. The article's title is "Capo is the capper of Calgary" which sums up the thrust of her writing. Turns out she had many of the same courses that my wife and I had during our visit a month or so ago.
She too was impressed by his pasta. "The aroma of black truffle pesoto and porcini coulis on my taglierini should be enough to bring the strong men at the next table to their knees". Amen! It and the bolognese filled ravioli were outstanding!