I love it when this happens!
We walked in blind to Charcut Roast House in Calgary. The concierge at our hotel recommended it to us. We didn't know we were in for a unique treat for our 17th anniversary....
We ended up eating at the bar by the kitchen. We didn't have reservations, so we thought we were sitting in a bad spot...WRONG! We had so much fun watching the chef (John) and his Sous Chef cook our meal. They were working hard, but took time to get to know us. The service was 5 star.
We ordered the prime rib because my husband loves it. It was the most amazing prime we've ever had and that counts a lot coming from a Nebraskan. Come to find out, the Albertan people are just as proud of their beef as Nebraskans! It was succulent. The beef and all the other meats are butchered, smoked and cooked right on the premises. It can't get much fresher than that! If I could go back, I'd order the board that comes out with about 4 or 5 of their sausages.
The sides were delectable. Afterwards, we wish we would've ordered the poutine, but we didn't know what it was. Everyone in Canada raves about it. This was special, though, because it was fried in duck fat (?!!!). It's fries, covered in gravy with a cheese curd. YUM!
The huge surprise was the dessert! We had mentioned our anniversary and had been watching them being assembled all evening. We ordered the strawberry shortcake...which is an understatement, by the way. When our dessert came there were 3 DESSERTS!!! It was NIRVANA, especially to my husband's sweet tooth. There was the shortcake, a caramel-dark chocolate parfait and 2 to die for chocolate chip cookies.
Not knowing this restaurant has been rated one of the top 10 in Canada and that one of the chefs-Connie DeSousa- was runner up on Top Chef Canada on the Food Network made this experience extremely memorable. I promised Chef John and Chef Connie we'd send them a ceramic pig from Nebraska to add to their collection (It's on the way soon but I have to find exactly the right one).
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