We visited the Belvedere, after reading wonderful reviews, this last weekend. Really, nothing that I can criticize as being horrible. Everybody was friendly, the atmosphere was lovely on a cold night and we were received warmly. It is just... in a competitive city like Calgary with so many wonderful restaurants, nothing stood out. We enjoyed the five course meal, but the first three courses was just one bite presented on a crostini or cracker.
Not a lot of creativity, the garnishing was the same for all the dishes. I just expected so much more!
Steak was perfectly cooked, but we were never asked how we would like our steak done. I guess Chef decides.
If you are interested, I have a few suggestions:
1. Go to QHaute for their five course meal, take notes.
2. Be a bit more open and receptive to food likes and dislikes and/or allergies when presenting the chef's dinner. It was disappointing to be told "no changes allowed" even if certain foods make you sick (although, in the end, I did receive a replacement - I don't want to fight for it).
3. Wine pairing is important. It would be much more appreciated if you present the bottle and pour the wine at the table, rather than showing up with pre-poured wine and just rambling the name of the wine. It robbed us of the opportunity to get to know the wines and appreciate them better.
4. Two sweet, two white and only one red wine?? Of course, this is personal taste but a robust, full, red wine is important. Not just an American cab.
Despite all my critique, we had a nice evening. I honestly feel that this is a place with so much history and instead of growing complacent, management should update old-fashioned ideas and bring in something fresh.
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