>> Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Summer is the perfect time to eat local, especially in Calgary since it isn’t exactly known for its amazing weather. Summer is the season where we can actually grow fruits and vegetables in the open air and not just in a greenhouse. Plus, summer produce always tastes better, but that might be because I’m also sitting on a lovely patio most of the time. Either way I found the locally sourced, seasonal menu at Downtownfood to be brilliant none the less, really bringing out what it means to eat fresh.
Atmosphere: A cool and calming space, utilizing earth green and brown wood accents to highlight a beautiful dining area.
Price Range: Mid $10s - $30+
I really enjoyed the housemade kimchi and pickled vegetables that were served as an accompaniment to the pork. Each vegetable was bright and refreshing with the perfect balance of sweet and sour, not overly spicy either for those sensitive to spice (just avoid the pickled hot pepper!).
The Chicken Pate was extremely light and had a mousse like consistency. The creaminess of the pate reminded me of eating foie gras. It was served with buttery brioche toasts. We had to get another order of the brioche because there was quite a bit of pate left, plus I really enjoyed the toasts themselves.
We were served the Summer Watermelon Salad as a complimentary dish from the chef and lucky for me, since I was debating between the watermelon salad and ceviche and got to try both! The sweet watermelon was wrapped in cucumber, served with watermelon gelee and feta then drizzled with lemon vinaigrette. It was extremely refreshing, both sweet salty and cooling, it couldn’t have a better name because it was perfect for summer.
Our wine for the meal was the Chakana Malbec 2010. It was extremely high in tannins, oaky and full bodied. It definitely needed to be decanted for some time before consumption. It’d pair well with steaks and chocolate but definitely avoid lighter fare where the wine would easily overwhelm the delicate dishes.
My Picks: Braised Pork Cake, Roast Leg of Venison
628 8 Avenue SW