Trib Steakhouse recently held a 4 week Duck Fest with special menu items dedicated entirely to showcase the duck. Peaches and I really wanted to try their Duck Poutine, however their duck menu changes every week and we were devastated to see that it wasn’t available during the week we were having dinner there. Luckily, a quick call from Peaches and they were happy to take our request and make us one to order.
So that’s precisely what we started off with – the Duck Poutine ($21). I don’t know a single person that doesn’t enjoy eating poutine – fries, cheese curds and gravy – how can anyone resist such a combination? Over the years, there has been a growing trend in which poutine has been glamorized with various toppings like pulled pork or even more gourmet like foie gras. I’m not complaining because I quite enjoy poutine, whether it’s jazzed up or just served traditionally. Trib’s version definitely hit the spot and I was relieved to find that it didn’t taste as heavy. The duck was tender and the gravy had a slight sweetness to it which paired really well with the duck. The fries were done well; crispy and fluffy on the inside. We split this as our main course as the dish was huge. The server mentioned that he had a table of four from the UK each order this as their main last week. Wow. Kudos to them for finishing an entire plate themselves!
We decided it was best to consume some greens for dinner and also shared the Organic Arugula and Spinach Salad ($12).
The Duck Plate ($18) was a nice detour from the duck poutine. From left to right we have the duck rillette with fig jam, smoked duck breast, sauternes jelly with duck liver. The duck rillette was very mild tasting and really needed the fig jam as an accompanment. The smoked duck was fantastic and the rich duck liver tasted great with the sauternes jelly. I would be happy to order this as an appetizer.
We were set on trying the Duck Waffles ($14) for dessert and this along with the poutine were the dishes I was most looking forward to trying. However, this dessert fell short of my expectations. The waffles were warm but quite hard and was missing that soft, light crispy texture freshly made waffles have. The foie gras ice cream was very different tasting and I’m not sure if I enjoyed it. It certainly didn’t taste like foie gras but rather had a stronger taste of alcohol, which unfortunately I could not make out what exactly.
The Warm Chocolate and Walnut Sticky Toffee Pudding ($9) was our saving grace. This dessert was a winner. The pudding was soft, moist and gooey and paired perfectly with the whiskey toffee sauce and vanilla ice cream. The entire dish wasn’t overly sweet either so we easily licked the plate the clean.
We had a fantastic meal here during their Duck Fest and if they run this again next year, I’d be happy to return to try more of their creative duck dishes.
118 8 Ave Southwest
Calgary, AB T2P7N2