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.