Restaurant Review: Vendome Cafe

>> Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Autumn has really started to settle over the city of Calgary. The leaves are changing colour and there is a crispness in the air. It’s quite an adjustment for us since we recently got back from vacation, but I appreciate it. I’m glad that we’re still able to enjoy the warmer weather before snow starts to fall. At the same time I’m also looking forward to wearing all the cozy sweaters and taking in all the delicious fall foods and drinks.

A great place that’s recently opened up again in Kensington is Vendome Café. It’s slightly outside the hustle and bustle of the core without being too far away and they serve a mean cup of coffee.

Atmosphere: Complete contrast from the old Vendome interior. The updated space now features contemporary designs with a large bar at the front, a good sized seating area and outdoor patio.

Price Range: Mid $10s

Food & Drinks: The coffee is definitely the star at Vendome with delicious Cappuccinos and Americanos made to order, but that’s not it. Their food here is definitely worth a mention. I had the Duck Confit Panini with caramelized onions and truffle aioli, which was packed full of flavour. The sweetness of the caramelized onions was a perfect complement to the tender duck and you can never go wrong with truffled aioli. They also have half portions if you’re only looking for a snack but I’ll bet you’ll wish you had the full order.

My husband ordered the Croque Monsieur made with elquin ham, gruyere cheese and topped with béchamel and served with fresh side salad. The gooey cheese and béchamel combo is hard to resist and Vendome does it right. My husband quite enjoyed it with the salad, to help lighten things up a bit. They also serve a wide range of brunch and lunch/dinner dishes so there are lots of options to choose from.

We couldn’t pass up on a treat as well and got the Cherry Tart. It was perfectly balanced, not too sweet or too tart. I thought it was lovely with my coffee. I definitely want to go back so I can try all their other freshly made treats as well.

My Pick: Duck Confit Panini

Overall: Although I’m sad that summer is technically over. I’m glad that there are places like Vendome that make hiding out during the winter that much easier. That said I’m sure you’ll find many people lining up for Vendome’s delicious food and coffee all year round! So be sure to arrive early to get a table because everybody's quite excited that they've reopened their doors!

For my radio review please click here.

Vendome Café
940 2 Ave NW
Calgary, AB
(403) 453-1140

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Restaurant Review: Pfanntastic Pannenkoek Haus

>> Tuesday, September 1, 2015

There are many places on my go to list after watching shows such as “You’ve got to eat here”, but one of the restaurants that were always on the top was Pfanntastic Pannenkoek Haus. After our trips to Europe I have always tried to find locations in town that can allow me to indulge in European style cuisines, one of them being the pannenkoeks.

Atmosphere: Quaint café style establishment that caters to both family and large groups.

Price Range: Mid $10s

Food: For those that aren’t familiar with pannekoeks, they’re essentially thin pancakes which are similar to crepes, which can be topped with either savoury or sweet fare. This allows them to take on many different flavour profiles and due to their fluffy and light texture, you’ll often crave more than one.

We started with the Spke, Ferookte Worst En Ei aka Bacon, Smoked Sausage and Egg. It was perfectly balanced, not too heavy and very nicely flavoured. Bacon truly does elevate this dish and the spicy sausage was a really nice touch, adding that extra heat to the plate.

Our second savoury order was the Rosti, Ui, Spek En Kaas which reminded me of a perogie with potato, bacon, onion, cheese with sour cream. These Norwegian flavours are classic and play very nicely together. I was surprised to find that the potato didn’t overpower the flavour of the crepe but instead complimented it.

Finally we had to order a sweet pannenkoek and decided on the Appel En Kaneel or Apple and cinnamon. I was eyeing the ice cream version but since this was our third we decided to tone it back a bit and save that one for another day. There’s nothing like apple and cinnamon in my books, so you can already guess that I enjoyed this one immensely. I preferred it to the savoury versions and would definitely order it again in the future. Although simple, everything worked together very well.

My Picks: Appel En Kaneel or Apple and cinnamon, if I really had to pick.

Overall: Even after several we didn’t feel overly stuffed or heavy. The crepes were light and fluffy and were probably better than the pannenkoek we had in the Netherlands. It’s a great brunch alternative, but I suggest you either go early or later to avoid the rush or just be patient because they’re definitely worth the wait!

Pfanntastic Pannenkoek Haus
2439 54 Avenue SW
Calgary, AB
(403) 243-7757

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