Whitehall Sunday Roast Lunch 

My friends and I always look forward to each other’s birthdays because although it means we’re getting older, it also means we get to pick a restaurant to celebrate at. This year, I decided to check out Whitehall’s Roast Sunday Lunch. It was a nice change from dinner and who doesn’t love to get dressed up and enjoy an exquisite lunch? Their Sunday lunch menu is an exceptional value in my opinion. You get to choose either two courses for $38 or three courses for $45. 

Our server bought along some bread and butter to start. The oval sphere on the left is whipped pork fat and if you’ve never had pork fat over anything; well then you’re missing out. The pork fat had a light whipped texture and my inital taste was of a light toasty flavor. However, subsequent bites after that was not as flavorful. The butter was on the cold side and did not spread easily. The bread was too hard and dense for my liking as well. 


For a while now, I’ve been ogling over Instagram pictures of their famous cheese soufflé so I was definitely getting that as my first course. No doubt about that. However, we wanted to try the chicken liver pate as well and got an order to share between the four of us. The Double Baked Cheese Soufflé certainly lived up to expectations. The souffle was fluffy, light and had excellent cheese flavor. The creamy sauce around the souffle put it over the edge. I basically licked the plate clean. This was the best souffle I’ve tasted in Calgary and definitely a dish that one must try. 

We were really look forward to trying the pate; mainly because there was shaved foie gras over top. The chicken pate was smooth and creamy. The pickled cherries were just the thing to provide a hint of seeetness and to cut the richness. It came served with toast; however we all agreed that it would’ve tasted better on toast points or toasted baguette rounds. 


The main course is served family style so our server recommmed that everyone order the same dish. This was not a problem for us considering that we all wanted to try the beef. The Dry aged Alberta beef was cooked to perfection and incredibly tender. It was served alongside Yorkshire pudding, dripping potatoes, kale, red wine sauce and horseradish creama. Everything was delicious and definitely hit the spot. Our only complaint was  that we wished for more vegetables as an accompaniment. 


We were all pretty full after the two and a half dishes but decided to share dessert anyways. What’s a birthday celebration without dessert, right? The treacle tart with mascarpone ice cream provided a sweet ending to our meal. The tart was a tad too sweet for my liking although the crust was very well done. The mascarpone ice cream was just perfectly creamy. 


We all enjoyed the Sunday lunch and would return in a heartbeat. Personally, I would skip dessert next time as British desserts are not to my liking. I’ve recommended their Sunday roast lunch to many friends and family because it’s truly not to be missed out on. 

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Open Range

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We were trying to decide last minute where to have dinner on a Friday night.  It was 6pm so right dab in the middle of prime dinner time and we were still searching for a place.  Considering that it was a Friday night, we figured most places were already booked and our suspicions were confirmed after we made a few calls.  Since we recently had brunch at Big Fish hubby asked if their dinner menu was any good.  I was surprised since he’s not much of a seafood person so he took a look through the menu and decided it wasn’t for him.  That’s when Open Range came to mind and he agreed.  Open Range is known for their diverse selection of meat dishes so this certainly met Hubby’s criteria.

I had dinner at Open Range a couple of years back and enjoyed my meal there so this was the perfect opportunity for me to try more of their menu items.  I like the atmosphere of the restaurant itself – relaxed and cozy yet they serve food that would normally be served at a higher end restaurant.  The best part is that they’re baby friendly so we didn’t have to worry about him making too noise and being a nuisance to other patrons.

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Since I wasn’t terribly hungry that day we decided to split an appetizer and get our own mains.  We settled for the Chili Baby Back Ribs ($13) and loved every bite.  The ribs were tender, sweet, salty, smoky and we could tell there was a nice spice rub on there.

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I had the Apricot Glazed Boar Rack with Stuffed Pork Belly ($36).  The boar rack was cooked perfectly – moist and seared very well.  The apricot glaze was the perfect accompaniment.  The stuffed pork belly was roasted well – the skin was crispy and the meat was also moist and tender.  I did find the mushroom stuffing to be unnecessary though.  The green beans could’ve been a tad more tender – they were still quite raw.

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Hubby went with the NY Striploin with Chimmichurri sauce ($34).  It was cooked to his liking and he really enjoyed this dish.  I had a taste and found that the steak was tender and the chimmichurri sauce was fresh and vibrant.

The service was attentive but not overpowering and they always cleared our dishes in a timely manner.  We were too stuffed to have dessert that night but will definitely be back when the mood for a meat heavy dinner strikes.

 Open Range

1114 Edmonton Trl NE
Calgary, AB T2E 0Z2

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Big Fish

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Hubby’s friend C was recently in town from London, UK and we had brunch with him to catch up.  It is not easy looking for a kid friendly place to dine at on a Sunday afternoon.  A lot of the places that we go to are either not open for lunch or they don’t take reservations for brunch.  And, doesn’t it seem like everyone in Calgary is out for brunch on Sundays?  It sure seems that way when we’re left waiting for table.  That’s when Big Fish came to mind – one of the bonuses is that they take reservations and the food is good.

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I went with the Wild mushroom, truffle, basil and white cheddar scramble on Noble duck confit hash ($15).  I’ve had it before, really enjoyed it and wanted to have it again.  It was still as good as I remember although I found the portion to be a bit smaller than before – not as much duck I think. I still enjoyed it though and love the flavor combination of mushrooms and duck together.

Homemade jam and ketchup

Homemade jam and ketchup

I tried some of their homemade strawberry jam with my slice of bread and really enjoyed the intense strawberry flavor.  I love their homemade jams because they’re always packed full of fruit and not cloyingly sweet.

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The Citizen Sidewalk brioche French toast with orange curd and maple syrup ($13) was my toddler’s order since they don’t have a kids menu.  Although on the pricier side, the French toast was indeed really good.  The toast was crispy yet soft, buttery and custardy.  The orange curd was to die for…I could seriously smear that on everything and eat it!

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Hubby had the Arugula, oven dried tomato and Sheppards Dairy sheep feta omelette ($12) with a side of bison chorizo ($4).  He really enjoyed the omelette and sausage but was super stuffed after.  The chorizo was huge and he couldn’t believe the portion size. I didn’t try his dish so can’t comment on the flavors but he polished off the entire thing so that must be a good sign.

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C decided to try the Soft shell crab club sandwich with wild boar bacon and organic tomatoes with a side salad ($17).  The server was kind enough to explain what it the crab was like so he wouldn’t be surprised.  He enjoyed the soft shell crab but got tired of eating the bread with it halfway through.  I suspect because it was too hard and crunchy overall – in other words too much jaw work.  The buttery crusty bread with the deep fried crab can give your jaw a bit of a workout. I think this sandwich would almost pair better with a soft bun instead.

Service was pretty average – the server got us what we needed and refilled our waters when they ran low.  We really liked the laid back atmosphere of the place and didn’t feel rushed to finish our meal and leave so that waiting patrons could get their table.  I would definitely return for brunch and try their other offerings.  I have my eyes set on their Maple Fried Oatmeal next time.

Big Fish

1112 Edmonton Trail NE
Calgary, AB T2E 0Z2

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Juree’s Thai

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Back in June we were trying to decide where to celebrate Father’s Day with both of our families – which is not an easy feat.  You see, our parents aren’t really into trying new cuisines and venturing out from their comfort zone of Chinese food.  I didn’t feel like having the same old Chinese meal either since that always seems to be the default.  So Thai cuisine came to mind and it wasn’t too far off from Chinese food either so I knew they’d be agreeable to it.  Juree’s Thai seemed like they could accommodate a large group so reservations were made.  For those who don’t know, the building that houses Juree’s Thai used to be a Burger King.  The outside of the building was not renovated in any way so it does seem kind of odd on the outside.  The inside however has been transformed into a Thai sanction.  If dining in a well decorated Thai restaurant is important to you then this is the place to visit. The restaurant is quite large and roomy and I was surprised to find it that it was only about a quarter full throughout the night.

The menu is quite large so it was a bit difficult trying to decide what to order.  We settled for a few appetizers, curries and stirfrys.

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The first to arrive was the Pink Lady ($12).  I didn’t have a chance to try these but according to everyone else, they were decent although a bit on the small size given the price point.

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The Chicken Satay ($12) was pretty average.  The chicken was tender and not overcooked but it wasn’t nearly as flavorful as the one I had at White Elephant Thai Cuisine.  The portion was quite small and we all found it strange that toast was served alongside this appetizer.

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The Papaya Salad ($12) was refreshing and I liked that it was on the spicier side.

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I was really interested in trying the Thai Dumplings ($12) since they look so pretty and dainty.  But I couldn’t help but feel disappointed with them.  I was expecting them to be a bit bigger and to have more filling.  The skin of the dumplings is made with taro and the taste was quite subtle.  There was only a small amount of the ground pork and peanut filling so I could barely get a true taste of it with the thick dumpling skin surrounding it.  I would pass on these – they are pretty to look at but the taste will leave you disappointed.

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The Hot & Sour Seafood Soup ($9) was by far the most disappointing dish of the night.  It was the smallest portion of soup I’ve ever come across for $9 and the the quality was just poor.  The description of this soup calls for mixed seafood and unfortunately mixed seafood to them means various types of seafood balls and imitation crab meat. That’s just completely unacceptable in my books.  Honestly, I could’ve made a better quality soup at home.

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When the first curry dish arrived, I was shocked at how small the portion was.  The Red Curry with Beef ($13) barely came up three-quarters of a way up the small bowl.  The flavor was good and the beef was not overcooked, however the curry itself was very mild.  We had asked for it to be made at a medium level of spiciness but there was virtually no heat at all.

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The Coconut Rice ($6 for Large) was also quite a small portion given that it was labeled a large size.  I’d hate to see what the small size looks like.  It was fragrant but a bit sweeter than others I’ve had.

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The Yellow Curry with Squid ($15) was the best curry dish we ordered that night.  The squid was cooked perfectly and was tender.  Although the curry base was mild, it was still flavorful and we really enjoyed the additional of the basil.

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The Stir-Fried Mixed Vegetables with Chicken ($13) was decent but nothing particularly stood out.

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The Stir-Fried Prawns with Snow Peas ($15) was typical of any other stirfry and wasn’t memorable.

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I definitely recommend ordering the Gailan with Crispy Pork ($13).  The gailan still retained a nice crunch and the crispy pork belly pieces was a nice fatty umami addition.

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None of us except for my toddler enjoyed the Pad Thai ($13) because it was just too sweet for our palate.  Generally, Pad Thai should have a good balance of sweet, salty, spicy and sour flavors but this version just tasted sweet.  What a shame.

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I didn’t have a chance to try the Spicy Noodles with Prawn ($13) so can’t make any comments on the taste of it. However, the portion was tiny for the given price point and I expected more than 4-5 pieces of prawn in it.

Overall, I’d say we were left disappointed with the quality of the food and the portion sizes. The service was only average, they were slow in removing the empty dishes when we had finished and failed to ask us how the food was.  The servers also behaved awkwardly when they brought us our food as though they didn’t know how to set the food down or where to put them on the table.  We also waited around for a good half a hour after our meal before the bill was brought to us even though we had asked for it.  Unfortunately for us, that’s one less Thai restaurant for us to cure the craving when it strikes.

Juree’s Thai

2055 16 Ave. NW
Calgary, AB T2M

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Oh My Dog BBQ & Itoko Sushi

Peaches and I recently met up for lunch and decided to venture down South this time and try a couple of places down that way.  Our first stop was at Oh My Dog BBQ in Mindapore.   Oh My Dog serves a variety of hot dogs with unconventional toppings, sandwiches, sausages, poutine, fried side dishes and ice cream.

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Some of you may have heard that a man in his 20s had walked into Oh My Dog very recently and offered to buy $1000 worth of hot dogs for customers of this restaurant.  Since they didn’t have that many hot dogs on hand, many customers were were treated to a free hot dog on August 1st. Continue reading

Trib Steakhouse

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.

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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! Continue reading

Korean Fried Chicken Showdown

I have a soft spot for fried chicken and unfortunately Calgary is not one of those places that has amazing fried chicken.  I absolutely cannot stand KFC and Chicken on the Way is just too greasy for my liking.  This is where Korean Fried Chicken has saved me.  Korean Fried Chicken has been taking the world by storm with it’s amazingly crispy, crackly, and crunchy skin which… honestly is the best part. Continue reading