Before opening the space, the owners and collaborators of Model Milk sought to create a menu and a restaurant that would combine both innovation and comfort. They support local farmers by sourcing ingredients produced around the region, and seek to use every last inch of whatever produce and meat they can get their hands on. What has resulted is a restaurant and bar that feels both homey and elegant. Modern Milk is located within in an old creamery, so diners are seated at wood tables nestled against authentic brick walls that give the space mix of contemporary and rustic appeal. The menu focuses on simple, elegantly crafted dishes, while the beverage list is an artisanal cocktail-lover's dream. The restaurant also hosts a communal dinner every Sunday, during which guests share a family-style meal that includes a first and second course, as well as dessert.
A delightful Japanese restaurant located at Dalhousie, Kinjo Sushi & Grill is easily one of the best sushi places in the area. And it's not without reason. A no-nonsense approach and an extensive menu ranging from sushi and sashimi to tempura and teppanyaki has earned them a good following with locals and visitors alike. Chef and owner Peter Kinjo is as much an entertainer as he is a talented chef and makes sure that guests have a good time while they're here. If you're a fan of his cooking, you can sign up for one of his popular sushi making classes. The restaurant is decorated in warm hues with bits of Japanese art strewn across the walls and has a fun vibe. The Dalhousie location is the bigger of the two in Calgary and has good facilities for private events.
Located on the busy street of Kensington, Oolong promises tea lovers one of the greatest tea experiences. Apart from the selection of over 150 loose teas, they also serve desserts and small bites for a perfectly relaxing tea time. Guests can choose a whiff or have a chat about the different tea leaves with the attentive staff before they choose their cuppa for the evening. So be it a pot of infused stimulation or just a cup of subtle aroma, Oolong is sure to tempt you for a revisit.
A city staple, the Tubby Dog covers everything from quick carbs with the kids to sobering up at three in the morning. The quirky place serves some of the best hot dogs around and includes killer specials such as the Cheetah, Sumo and Sherm's Ultimate Gripper. Sides include pickled eggs, tubby chips or T-rings, and to wash it all down, pints for parents and Jr. Soda for junior. The menu is always inventive with creations changing with by the week or month. A must try while squashing hunger pangs in the city.
There is no shortage of Italian restaurants in this city, but most are rather nondescript. Bonterra Trattoria is an elegant exception. The interior is beautiful with huge iron chandeliers, stonework, fresh flowers, a romantic courtyard and a charming Wine Room for private parties. The menu features fine Italian classics such as antipasti, thin-crust pizzas, pasta, risotto and entrees like osso buco, beef tenderloin and halibut. Each menu item includes wine suggestions and the wine list itself is a joy: extensive, eclectic and full of tasting notes. Bonterra is cellular-free which is another good aspect.
The wafting aroma of hearty beer and a friendly vibe pulls you to this urban beer tavern on 8th Street in Connaught. Quite popular with local beer snobs and youngsters, Beer Revolution is one the coolest bars in town. They pride themselves on a massive selection of 24 premium drafts on taps that change daily. Check out the cool electronic board that shows the updated list of brews available and you'll realize how serious they are about their beer. Moving away from the conventional pub-grub, at Beer Revolution they serve some mighty fine pizza's that are brick baked and will leave you salivating. All in all, if nothing else then you will definitely love this place for the happy hours and rock n' roll.
One of the most wildly popular restaurants in the city, Minas Brazilian Steakhouse is a casual venue that serves delightful steaks and cuts made by premium quality meat. The restaurant specializes in rodizio, a traditional art of barbecue results in beautifully grilled meats. Enjoy the Brazilian-style grilled meat and the juicy vegetables that are served on skewers at the table. The staff is competent and service is quick.
Thi Thi Vietnamese Submarine is a tiny restaurant across the street from the Government Building that makes delicious Vietnamese food and submarine sandwiches. A pleasant change from the run-of-the-mill sandwich places, Thi Thi has an excellent menu of Vietnamese favorites and has good variety. The submarine sandwiches are their biggest sellers, and you can choose from sate beef, chicken, combo or clubhouse. If you like food with a little bite to it, ask them for a healthy squirt of chili sauce.
This little Vietnamese restaurant is famous among Calgary's crowds. The subs and clubhouse sandwiches here are to die for. There is a wide variety of choice available for lovers of sandwiches and like. You can order by phone and take it away. All in all, a perfect place to have lunch when in office. Call for further details.
The Silver Dragon Restaurant has been serving Chinese food to Calgarians since 1967, so obviously they must be doing something right. They have an excellent reputation that not only spans decades, but includes excellent quality and service. The Silver Dragon serves both Cantonese and Szechuan cuisine, and you can choose from over 200 menu items. There is also a fantastic selection of dim sums. Private dining rooms and banquet facilities are also available. All of the tables have white linen tablecloths with centerpieces that add a touch of class and elegance to the surroundings. It is large and airy, with just the right amount of fresh air and muted lighting.
Located in the basement of HSBC Bank, Try Again is the quaint bubble tea shop which is loved by the locals around. Apart from the classic teas, they have some interesting tea options like mango, peach and vanilla milk tea. Apart from teas, this take-out joint has marvelous beverage options ranging from powdered milk based drinks to fresh blended fruits drinks which are packed in sealed tea cups that are perfect for on the go. These drinks can be customized with your choice of flavors and other additions to suit your palate.
Giant bottles of the house white line the booths at this boisterous and casual yet sophisticated restaurant. The contemporary menu has a wide selection with everything from lobster ravioli, hamburgers, tandoori chicken flatbread, and steaks. Try the amazing Italian donuts for dessert. The decor consists of an upscale noisy, casual Italian market atmosphere finished off by an open kitchen. If the weather cooperates, try for a table on the large outdoor patio.