Restaurant Review: Vin Room vs. Wine Bar

>> Friday, February 5, 2010

The new trend for breakout restaurants in Calgary lately have been to create a chic, laid back atmosphere through the introduction of tapas style menus. I have to admit it's a great place for restuarant goers who are looking for more of a relaxed, cafe like place to catch up with friends or even to enjoy a romantic night out with their favorite person.


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Health and Nutrition Tidbit:
I think these restaurants promote a healthy lifestyle by slowing down the pace of our daily lives. They're great places to slowly enjoy your food while sipping a nice glass of wine. Red wine has been shown to be full of anti-oxidants: polyphenols and reservatrol, which protect cells within our body against damage caused by free radicals, just remember that each glass of wine carries 150 calories equal to 30 mins on the treadmill so drink in moderation!


Tapas normally are served in smaller portion sizes forcing us to eat slowly and less, which allows our brains to catch up with our stomachs. Normally it takes the stomach 20 mins to signal the brain that we're full, therefore with lag time between dishes, it gives us a clearer idea of how full we actually are.

Today I would like to review 2 wine bars that I've visited recently:

1) Vin Room (off 4th Street)

Atmosphere:
Cozy with a dimly lit main dining area creating a comfy space to relax.

Price range:
Food: $8-$40+ (for platter sizes)
Wine: Different pricing for
2oz Taste
5oz Glass
13oz Half Bottle
Full Bottle

Food & Wine:
A wide range of food for both lunch and dinner including charcuteries and cheeses. All dishes come in a tapas style (mini bites) which is great for sharing. There are also platter options (a larger size) for certain dishes. Wine selection was great with a variety (pages) of old and new world wines.

My Picks:
Wine: 2004 Paolo Scavino Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
Food: Lamb chops

Overall:
Would definitely go back, great place to catch up with friends while trying a bunch of different dishes.


Info:
Vin Room
2310 - 4th Street SW, Calgary, AB
(403) 457-5522
Website: http://www.vinroom.com/

Vin Room on Urbanspoon

2) Wine Bar (Kensington)

Atmosphere:
Trendy and contemporary with an open kitchen concept. It gave me more of a bar-like feel.

Price range:
Food: $8-$20+
Wine: Different pricing for
2.5oz Taste
5oz Glass
Full Bottle

Food & Wine:
The food was definitely meant to be for smaller groups unless you order a couple of each item. The menu could use some expansion but what they did have, they did very well (which is a good thing). Good selection of wine choices, both from old and new worlds, but slightly more limited but they do have organic wine selections avaliable which is new and different.

My Picks:
Wine: 2008 Grenache/Syrah, Cotes du Rhone, France
Food: Lentil yogurt dip

Overall:
Quite impressed with the taste of the dishes but because I'm a person that likes selection, I would like to see them widen their menu just a little bit, while still being true to their flavors!


Info:
Winebar Kensington
1131 Kensington Rd NW, Calgary, AB
(403) 457-1144

Website: http://www.winebarkensington.com/

Wine Bar Kensington on Urbanspoon

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