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Two Good Places to Eat in Lethbridge

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Two Good Places to Eat in Lethbridge

abacus2 | Jun 22, 2011 08:01 PM

For those chowhounds occasionally looking for dining choices in Lethbridge, I strongly recommend:

1. Miro Bistro; and
2. Plum.

Both are what I would call "continental" style with respect to food. Miro is a restaurant, while Plum is a lounge, so only Miro is available to those coming with the kids.

What's to like about each of these places?

Well, Miro has a reasonable variety of choices: several pasta choices, several meat/fish type entrees, a few vegetarian options. Several types of pizza and sandwiches are available at lunch, although if you are looking for ham and pineapple pizza, this may not be your type of place. A few dishes that are especially good: the seafood soup; the seared scallop appetizer (on pureed cauliflower?), the eggplant lasagna, linguine with smoked salmon, and the penne with chicken breast and goat cheese. The chateaubriand is good, as is the lamb. Service is usually good, and the restaurant is pleasantly quiet (and very orange - although it works!). Occasionally Miro also has crab legs in butter, which are great, especially if you want to keep vampires at bay for the rest of the day. I don't think we have ever had a bad meal there, and have probably eaten there 20 times.

Plum is much smaller (perhaps 6 tables and room at the bar), so reservations would be a good idea for the weekend. They are only open Wednesday-Saturdays for dinner. The menu is very small (which given the size of the place inspires confidence that everything is freshly made). They have a rib choice, a lamb choice, beef (tenderloin I think), a fish choice, and some other special, plus a few salads (such as spinach, maple pecans and cheese), several appetizers (e.g. shrimp and ginger wontons, beef carpaccio, dip and pita) and a soup. I can't be much more specific as what the items are depends on the day. However, as examples they had lamb shanks braised in red wine and herbs today, as well as a seafood bisque, that were both excellent. Even the sauteed veggies and the mashed potatoes with caramelized shallots accompanying the lamb were excellent. The cheese plate is amazing for $16 for a small one, which with 4 cheeses (boursin, edam, brie, and oka), a heap (literally) of crostini, prusciutto, and olives is more than enough for 4 people. Service was very good, and while there was music (soft jazz), it wasn't too loud. Very nice classy lounge type ambience.

Both places clearly make everything on the premises from scratch. If you are in a hurry, Plum is not speedy (Miro is a little faster), but this is to be expected under the circumstances. I can't comment much on the wine list of either place, although they both appear to have a number of choices. Both places are a little on the expensive side (Plum more so than Miro), although the pasta at Miro is very moderately priced - $14 or so for most of the choices. Otherwise entrees at Miro run roughly $20-35, and at Plum in the $20-40 range.

So two thumbs up for both - if you are in Lethbridge or travelling through Lethbridge, they are worth trying,

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