This dining experience will be the one that all others are compared to. There is a reason this restaurant is awarded the prestigious five diamond award. The ambiance is fantastic, overlooking the bow valley and surrounding mountains.
The staff was very warm and welcoming and very educational. You have the option of doing 2, 3, or 4 course meal, with or without wine pairings, or one of the chef's tasting menus, the most extensive being the 11-course tasting menu.
Before even placing our orders, a gentleman came by with a trolly cart full of different champagnes. We passed on those, and had martinis instead. The amuse bouche (duck in pastry) was brought out on a smoking log, which in itself smelled devine. Then an assortment of breads and butters arrived. I have celiac disease, so I had to go gluten free, so they thankfully brought me some gluten free bread.
Then, when you are expecting your appetizers, another plate with 3 more amuse bouches came, which included prawns, panko fried frog legs, and beet root macaroons.
Then along comes the wine paired with your appetizer (I highly recommend the Eden wine pairings). The appetizers were fantastic. I had the foie gras, which was amazing, and the rest of the table had the Chestnut.
Next we had the main course, again with fantastic wine pairings. I had the duck, my girlfriend had the bison tenderloin, and the boys had the beef tenderloin. All enjoyed their meals immensely. The flavour of the dishes were fantastic, and the presentation was beautiful.
The boys chose the four course option, so next they had an assortment of cheeses and their wine pairing.
Finally, we all had our dessert. Each one of us ordered a different one. I had the berries and creme, which came with a vodka/berry shooter in addition to my dessert wine. Everyone loved their desserts and were amazed at the flavours and again, presentation.
Then, when your expecting dinner to be finished, out comes a clear cake serving platter with an assortment of chocolate truffles and other little desserts. In the hollow stem of the cake platter is a hibiscus tea, which the server pours dry ice into, which adds an epic finale to the meal as the smoke billows across the little desserts and down unto the table. The coffee was delicious, and there was a large trolly full of port wines, sherry's and cognac's.
As we were leaving the restaurant, we were pleasantly surprised to receive a "parting gift" which was a delicious, chocolate covered banana bread. We were so full after dinner that we had that the next day, but it was great nonetheless.
Overall, dinner here is an absolutely seamless experience. The staff is attentive and polite, the food and service is excellent. I don't know if I will ever have a meal like this again. Well worth it! :)
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