By John Gilchrist
Top 5 Spots for a Valentine’s Dinner
1. Moroccan: Sultan’s Tent
Relax in a cushioned booth behind hanging tapestries at Sultan’s Tent. Delve into the sultry world of lamb-and-prune tajine or couscous Royale and sample a cinnamon- and icing sugar-dusted b’stilla pie. Then relax some more (4 – 14 St NW).
2. French: Piq Niq
Couples lean across tiny bistro tables, engrossed in intimate conversations. They pick at confit de canard or salad Nicoise, pucker up over a tarte citron, and sip a glass of wine in the golden glow of Piq Niq. C’est magnifique.
3. Greek: Santorini Taverna
Whether dining as a romantic duo or with friends and family, Santorini can put you in a Mediterranean state of mind. A little roast lamb, some bouzouki music, a glass of ouzo and you’re in the Greek isles, dining in a sun-washed, white-and-blue taverna.
4. Italian: Capo
Giuseppe Di Gennaro’s tiny Capo, with its white leather banquettes, extensive wine list, detailed service, and Di Gennaro’s hand-crafted cuisine is a prime spot for that special occasion and a perfect hideaway for a romantic dinner.
5. Contemporary: Chef’s Table
The Kensington Riverside Inn is home to the sumptuous Chef’s Table. Watch chef Jeff Park create culinary masterpieces while you enjoy wines from an extensive cellar. No need to drive home—book a room for the night.
Home Sweet Home
The historic sandstone building that housed Ashdown’s Hardware for 80 years has been re-born as Calgary’s latest tasting room: Home. With small portions of contemporary Canadian cuisine meant for sharing—think rock crab ravioli with corn emulsion or bison tartar with truffle aioli—Home combines the rustic history of Stephen Avenue with cutting-edge cuisine. Which begs the question: “Is there no place like Home?” 110 Stephen Ave SW, 403-262-8100.
Editor’s Pick: Creative Korean
A new menu at Anju, one of Calgary’s most creative restaurants, melds the traditions of Korea with the latest global trends. Chef/owner Roy Oh grills lamb chops that have marinated in gochujang (fermented hot pepper paste) and glazes seabass with den jang (soybean paste) to create lively, innovative dishes. 507 – 10 St SW, 403-532-9419.
Try gourmet cream puffs at Cruffs, run by a pair of Indonesian brothers inspired by the Dutch-influenced food of their youth. The cream puffs come with six filling flavours from chocolate to lemon. And if you like your sweets rolled, try their delectable panekoeks. 2312 – 4 St SW, 403-453-1134.