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“Excellent food, superb service and great atmosphere”
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Ranked #141 of 3,679 Restaurants in Calgary
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Canadian
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: In the old Victor/Victorias Space on 17th Avenue SW Calgary,308 17 Avenue Southwest, Calgary, AB T2G1P3(403) 265-7343 ‎ · modelmilk.ca
Reviewed September 12, 2012

We stumbled upon this place by chance while walking uptown seventeen on a Tuesday evening. Intrigued by the name we stepped in and had one of the most memeorable dinners in recent memory.

The food is exceptional, the wine list extensive and not hugely expensive, but what sets this place apart from most restaurants in Calgary is the superb service. The entire staff is attentive to your needs and very knowledgeable about the entire menu, the drinks list and the different pairings. They appreciate your feedback and are continuously refining the menu.

There are different sizes of portions, for all appetites and party sizes and the atmosphere gets quite loud when the place fills up (on a Tuesday evening no less!).

Be sure to ask about the intriguing name and the history of the building. It is all part of the experience.

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2  Thank AdrianCalgary
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Reviewed August 23, 2012

We went as a large group and ordered pretty much the entire menu. The food here was world class. The dishes were inventive, fresh and well conceived. The staff was super helpful, and the service was fantastic. The cocktails were thoughtful and well crafted. If you are visiting Calgary, do not miss the chance to eat here.

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1  Thank Mariemarblehead
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Reviewed August 18, 2012

Enjoyed an excellent meal with very attentive service at the end of July, 2012. They were busy and we had no reservation so they offered us the chef's table and we accepted. The chef's table is a marble bar along the open kitchen. The settings were beautifully set and the area was bright and a direct observation point of the kitchen. It does not feel like overflow seating at all - just a different experience from the main restaurant seating. We liked seeing the chefs putting together their creative dishes and could see that all of their menu items looked so appetizing.

Our server was young but very attentive and well-trained. She was pleasant, efficient, kept us informed of the status of our order even though we did not wait a long time for it and she was not intrusive. She paid attention to the arrival of each dish to make sure nothing was missing.

We ordered the special that evening - fish tacos. It was excellent. The bass was served whole and the presentation was gorgeous. The accompaniments were creative and generous and the soft corn tortillas were perfectly soft and warm and there were enough of them for the meal. Delicious! We also ordered the manchego fries - perfectly crisp and very flavourful. We also ordered green beans with pickled melon and blue cheese that was inventive and a delicious combination of flavours. The chef checked on our satisfaction with the meal and one of the sous chefs poured us a tasting of a new wine they were considering for their menu to get our opinion (no charge).

We did not have room for dessert but it all looked so delicious and tempting - all made in-house.

The ambiance is contemporary, young-professional vibe - a place for foodies. Decor was nicely rendered. The owners have paid attention to all of the details and they are constantly assessing. Since we've been there, they have made some changes to their menu to keep it fresh and exciting, including adding the fish tacos that were a special feature when we went.

We will definitely go back. It is one of our new favourite restaurants.

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2  Thank Kim T
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Reviewed August 8, 2012

Great tasting modern take on comfort food, but way too heavy for me. We made the mistake of getting an appetizer, and were faced with huge amounts of meat, heavy starches and rich sauces. Definitely an experience, but we left feeling the pain on into the next day. Once a year only.

3  Thank Brendan H
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Reviewed August 4, 2012

which made it an uncomfortable evening for my peanut-allergic son. However, the food was inspired and delicious, and the decor and architecture are super cool. Weird name, but everything else is great. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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2  Thank misssnootysnoots
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