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NW Calgary - Report

Gobstopper | Feb 20, 2009 07:50 AM

I've moved from Renfrew to Cambrian Heights - We've had about 6 months to explore the neighbourhood haunts and I thought I'd report back. If anyone lives around here, I'd love to know a good chinese takeout place.

Eclair De Lune
Simpler, but no less tasty than Latruwe. Has become a weekly stop for the still warm pain du chocolat on Saturday mornings (around 10am).
The pain du lait buns are the greatest sandwich buns I've ever found in a bakery in this city.

Boca Loca
Underwhelmed by the salsas, not a gouge price wise, but underwhelmed.
Well stocked pantry (smoked paprika etc) and better prices than gourmet food stops

Ostensibly punjabi but few dishes outside of the usual spectrum of Indian in Calgary. Has failed (despite location and price) to oust Namskar as our Indian stop.

Green Chili
Have only had the Hakka items at the bottom of the menu, but they were delicious.

Continues to be brilliant. Well worth the price. Buffet is opportunity for weight gain like no other. Coconut Rice, Dal Makhani (black lentils) and the Tandoori sizzling platter which makes the Big'T's platter look like a rip off. I've said all this before but it still holds true.

Master Meats
Have cow, will cut - very no frills but good prices and quality seems good (beef shank, some pork and a chicken is all I've tried so far). Well stocked freezer but no house deli meat, bacon etc.

Second to None Montgomery
Almost as good as the 4th street location. Well stocked with smoked items - cold smoked bratwurst, house made bacon. Some hotchkiss produce. The Flat Iron steak is a reasonably priced cut for those (who like me) can't quite spend 40 bucks on a steak regularly. Call ahead for availability on almost all things though. The chickens are nice, but pricey.

Bon Ton
My wife has spit out their steaks. This is a more expensive version of safeway. Check out the window full of expired lamb. Avoid.

Was not always a fan, but I've done well in more recent times - monkfish, pickerel (fresh not frozen) and they have their own cold smoked salmon (haven't tried it yet).
This is a big change from two years ago when I asked for pickerel, and was offered, at full price, an angry, freezer burned triangle, and the guy behind the counter said - "it looks pretty nasty".

Touch of Ginger
Not the best for the bowl of stuff experience - but we've enjoyed a few meals in a more izakaya/tapas format - crab and white asparagus soup, beef satay skewers, etc. Also a fan of trongh khan. Still way better than Y2K, saigon star or other NW ilk.

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