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Escoba a lively taste

Posted in Food and Drink with tags , , , on March 17, 2012 by fongterence

Escoba Bistro and Wine Bar
624 8 Ave SW
Calgary, AB T2P 1G4
Www.escobabistro.com

A delightful place with a lively atmosphere. Great place to go with friends since they have a whole bunch of apps to try out. I went there with some friends and tried the big taste menu.

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At the time of writing this it’s already been more than a week since I went so I couldn’t remember the exact details of this app combo. One was a spring roll, one was friend shrimp with a delightful sauce with a little spiciness and I couldn’t remember what was in the middle. Presentation was nice and the taste was very good.

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Tuna carpaccio, was very refreshing and the sauce was well done. The chips that came with it were good way to eat the diced raw fish. Not too sour so that the tuna taste was drowned out.

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Alberta baseball cut strip loin. Ordered it rare and it came out pretty good. Good taste and flavor and the sauce was good. However I must say that the sauce was really heavy, for some people they want the intensity and the extra flavor but I found it a bit overpowering personally. I had to use less sauce than normal.

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Girlfriend had he lamb and bison. The bison was braised and juicy but one friend commented it felt like eating braised beef stew. Not a bad thing really but gives you perspective on the taste and texture. Lamb was standard slices from the loin, satisfying and tasteful. Again there were comments that the accompanying sauces were too overpowering at times.

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Ended the night with chocolate amaretto cheesecake. Definitely the best part of the meal and a great way to finish off. Soft smooth and rich are the words I use to describe this delightful thing.

So would I go back? For sure! Great place to go after work or just for an evening out for eats. Not a quiet place so keep that in mind because this place is pretty lively and fun for the taste buds.

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Chop Steakhouse: Misses the Cut Slightly

Posted in Food and Drink with tags , , , , , on February 21, 2012 by fongterence
 
Chop Steakhouse and Bar
Chinook Centre
6605 Macleod Trl SW
Calgary, AB T2H 0K9

(403) 250-2043

 
First off, there I want to make sure people understand that Chop is by no means a bad place to eat, the only issue I had of course was that the food quality was not as good as the rest of the experience. 
 
So to start, the environment and decor = excellent. Its a very nice place to be at and it is a comfortable and upscale atmosphere that is still casual so you don’t have to worry about dress code. 
 
Secondly, the service is excellent, hats off to the waitress Tiffany (or I think thats her name) for excellent service, being very attentive and always smiling. It always makes the experience better when the staff there seem to be enjoying things at the very least.
 
So coming down to the food, we ordered the beef carpaccio as an appetizer, a filent mignon and a prime rib to share. We ended the experience with the raspberry creme brule.
 
The Carpaccio was very good, looked very elegant and very enjoyable.
 
Beef Carpaccio
 
The Filet Mignon…was ok. It looked good and the sides that came with it were good but the meat itself just wasn’t the juicy, ultra tender melting taste that I have had before. The taste was there, but it just wasn’t juicy.
 
Filent Mignon
 
The prime rib was also ok. It tasted alright but like the filet, just was not juicy. I mean it was decent but the tendons were really tough on the sides (or my knife was too dull), and when I bit into the meat, it didn’t flood or overwhelm my senses with flavour. So in short it tasted fine.
 
Prime Rib
 
Dessert was a raspberry creme brule, nice and sweet and was satisfying. Nothing mind blowing here either.
 
Raspberry Creme Brule
 
So what does it bring it down to? Well it was fine but I expected a whole lot more for a place that had such excellent service and nice environment. It was a nice place to try out for sure and I’d probably give it another try sometime, but as it stands, there just are better places out there.

Adventures at Stampede! (Belated)

Posted in Food and Drink with tags , , , , , , on August 4, 2011 by fongterence

 Nothing too fancy, visited the Butcher Boys, had a bucket O chicken, Japan-dog and Wiscounsin cheese mozza sticks!!!

 

 

Takeout at kinjos!

Posted in Food and Drink with tags , , , on July 31, 2011 by fongterence

Enjoying some Kinjo takeout! Yummy!

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Taiyo Japanese restaurant

Posted in Food and Drink with tags , , , on May 22, 2011 by fongterence

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Great place in the panorama area. A little tucked away in the creekside mall. The portions are generous and the cuts of sashimi are decent. The grilled mackerel is a great deal as it is succulent and juicy and tastes fantastic. The tuna and salmon and toto were fairly fresh as well and were of standard prices.

Service was good and the environment is bright and friendly. The food came quickly and looked very polished as well.

A good spot for sushi in the area I’d u don’t feel like driving downtown or going over to crowfoot.

Thanks for a pleasant meal taiyo!

Alloy: Good But Not Impressive

Posted in Food and Drink with tags , , on February 13, 2011 by fongterence

Alloy

220 42 Ave SE
Calgary, AB T2G 1Y4

(403) 287-9255

The title more or less explains the experience. The service was excellent, the food was good but not great and the desert special was sub par.

Service first of all was excellent despite a busy night. The waiter was very attentive and showed no hesitation for any of the requests made at the table. Top notch (as expect of course given the pricing of the restaurant).

The food was pretty good in all respects. As a fusion restaurant, you are bound to come across dishes with “unique” tastes and textures or just weird combinations that you wouldn’t have thought of before.

Me and Lily shared an Avocado and Tomato salad, seared scallops, the seared duck and the recommend valentines desert platter. Plating and appearance was very nice, one of the best places I’ve seen as far as that goes. All the items were arranged very neatly and looked very appetizing. Onto taste…

Avocado Tomato Salad – I didn’t actually try any of this but was told it was quite good, though there was a little less Avocado than expected (maybe around 1/3 of an Avocado?), sauce and textures mixed well and was very tasty.

Seared Scallops – The scallops themselves were very good, cooked perfectly. Its too bad that the pistachio crust was MUCH too salty. To the point where we actually had to scrap the crust of the scallop because the saltiness was just overpowering everything else on the dish and was way too much. This was beyond taste bud stimulation, this was just way too salty.

Seared Duck – Imagine eating a steak that tastes like duck and this is pretty much what you have. The sweet potato dumplings/gnocchi on the side were light and fluffy. The duck itself tasted excellent (though a bit on the tough side) though and the sauce was a bit on the sweet side for me. But otherwise a very flavorful taste of duck.

Onto maybe the only “disappointment” of the night was the recommend desert platter. Well it just simply wasn’t really good. It was like eating timbits and chocolate out of a purdy’s box. The mini sorbet milkshakes were neat, but the rice pudding, dried figs just didn’t do it for us. The cupcake was also on the dry side as well and didn’t think it was anything special.  Now what we should’ve done (and our friends did) was order the chocolate trio which looked amazing (chocolate cake, gelato etc…) so sadly their impressive desert made our “recommended” special that much more disappointing.

Summary – On the whole the food was good, save for the disappointing desert recommendation. Service was excellent. But I think somehow I expected a lot more from what people were saying about Alloy and I was coming into here expecting to be blown away. Don’t get me wrong, Alloy is a good place to eat, just not spectacular. Also to note that it is a more upscale establishment so expect to pay premium prices and medium to small portions, but the taste and service is definitely there. Would I go back? Sure I would, just probably not very often.

 

Tasty Complimentary Pita and Hummus

The not so impressive desert recommendation special

 

Neat Little Place: The Burger Inn

Posted in Food and Drink with tags , , , on January 12, 2011 by fongterence

1711 4 St SW
Calgary, AB T2S 1V8

(403) 244-9293 www.burgerinn.com

Neat little place on Macleod trail that you would miss unless you knew about the place beforehand. The burgers are fairly normal condiment-wise but in a good way. They specialize in different types of meat patties that are grilled fresh at a fair price.  I especially enjoyed the Elk burger and I will be going back to try again when I get the chance. Good for a quick bite when you don’t want to be eating the greasy gross stuff from McDonalds.

Cheers and enjoy!