It is not always easy to find a great place to eat on Sunday night in Calgary. Many are booked and many others don't open. Discovering a new place that could take us and turned out to be outstanding was a real treat.
After looking around for a while, someone mentioned "What about Bridgeland?" and I remebered hearing about the Black Pig. it is a Spanish Bistro, very nicely decorated but still a casual atmosphere. The greeting at the door was warm and sincere and we were offered a table that was already reserved in about an hour and half.
The wine list is good, not extensive, but good and a Spanish Verdejo white at $65.00 turned out to be a perfect selection. By the way, the server was so terrific, friendly, and helpful and took the time to answer every question about the menu. Really top notch service.
Two of us had a tapenade as an appetizer and it was very good. Perhaps a wee bit too salty, but once you had some on the little crostinis, you had to have more. Highly reccomend this, but remember it is salty!!!
The "Pig" feature was a pork tenderloin burger that was delicious, It came with a large slab of raw mozzarella that I found a bit overwhelming, but the bun, the salad, the meat and the carmelized onions were all terrific. I really enjoyed this dish. My guests split a plate of Short Rib Russotto and they simply raved about it. One said it was the best russotto they had ever had, and the chunks of short rib disappeared very quickly. They also ordered the "Pork dog" appetizer which was really just two small hot dogs with home made sausage, but these were also a hit.
We did not have dessert of coffee and the bill came to a total of just over $200.00 for three of us. Not only a very good meal, but great atmosphere and a real treasure on a Sunday night.
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