Brava Bistro

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I immediately think of their famous lobster poutine whenever Brava Bistro is mentioned. It really shouldn’t be a surprise considering that they won best poutine in the 2012 Poutine Crawl. Yet, all this time and I haven’t even tried it. Well, that all changed when hubby and I headed here for dinner last Saturday.

We opted for an early dinner and arrived to a mostly empty restaurant with the exception of a few tables. They were awesome with accommodating a toddler and thankfully have high chairs. All of the staff were so friendly and welcoming; they even offered to give my toddler toys to play with which we kindly declined because he’d most likely just throw them all over the floor.

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Complimentary bread and butter was brought to our table while we waited for our food. The bread was fresh and soft.

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We started out with their famous Lobster Poutine ($16) and was pleasantly surprised at how good it was despite being so different from your average poutine. The fries were done really well and I always have a soft spot for shoestring fries. At first I wasn’t sure about the shellfish butter sauce but it grew on me and I enjoyed the lightness of the dish if you can call poutine light. I wished there were larger chunks of lobster but given the price point I can’t really complain too much.

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Hubby decided to go with one of the features which was a Striploin ($30) served with pomme frites and a Mediterranean salad. The steak was cooked just a tad over medium rare but still good. The Mediterranean salad was refreshing but hubby didn’t like the cheese in it; he thought it was too strong. I tasted it and thought it was fine but I’m more of a cheese fan than he is. The pomme frites were crispy and hard to resist.

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I wasn’t feeling very hungry so I had their Feature Salad ($15) which consisted of arugula, spinach, chicken, cucumber, chick peas, crispy artichoke in a Mediterranean dressing. I really enjoyed the salad; it wasn’t heavy or a very large portion but was still pretty filling.

The restaurant was filling up halfway through our meal and had a very lively atmosphere. The service was attentive and we felt welcomed and comfortable dining there with a toddler. You’ll definitely want to try their lobster poutine if you haven’t already.

Brava Bistro

723 17 Ave SW
Calgary, AB

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