Friday, December 20, 2013

Tango Bistro

It's been a long time since I posted anything. Not that I haven't gone out to eat at new places, it's finding the time to do a review up when I got a soon to be toddler wanting attention every time I sit my butt down in front of the computer.

The little one has now started to stay with her grandparents every couple of weeks, which means me and hubby now have date nights again! Woot woot. So, I decided on Tango as it was close to our house.

Tango Bistro is located on Macleod Trail in the same complex as Smugglers. Parking was a little bit hard to find on a Sat night at eight. Thinking it was going to be a least a half hour wait, we were pleasantly surprised when we got a table right away. Nice way to start the night for sure!

Here's what we had!

Starting off with drinks. It's a must! Tango has a great selection of cocktails and wine list. We went for cocktails as anything drunk out of a martini glass is pretty awesome. I love how their water comes with cranberries and a slice of lemon in it! So refreshing.

So Tango specializes in a tapas menu, which I'm sure you all know, but it's plates designed to share. Now me and hubby, love this idea. You get to sample so many different things all at once!

First thing that came out was the Cajun Chicken Egg Rolls. OMG! These were so tasty. I love the presentation on these. They were a perfect way to begin our evening of being gluttonous pigs. =)

As soon as I saw oysters on their menu, I had to get some. Honestly, my most favorite thing to eat. If only if they weren't so darn expensive and more filling. Anyways, they served these bad boys with a red onion mignonette  and Tobasco. Personally, I ate it with just a squirt of lemon on top. They were as fresh as can be. I might have ordered another dozen later on.

Next was the crab cakes. Delicious! Minus that horrible sauce that it came with it. It a BBQ type sauce that just didn't do anything for the crab cakes. I scrapped it off and crab cakes itself was full of crab meat and it was really light and moist. Outside was perfectly crunchy. Too bad that it didn't come with a better sauce on it.

We also ordered the Tenderloin Surf and Turf Trio. This was my favorite out of all the dishes! Me and hubby want to come back and have this dish again. It came out with three pieces of perfectly cooked tenderloin. They were perfectly seasoned, perfectly cooked to medium rare, the three were individually topped with a different turf item, shredded backfin crab, a tiger prawn, and lobster. All three were topped with a hollandaise sauce. This was a swoonworthy dish. I want more. I can't stop thinking about it. That's how good it was. Oh boy.

Right about this time I ordered more oysters on the half shell. I couldn't help myself.

For dessert, we went for the Dessert Sampler, which are four shot glasses filled with sweet goodness. There was an apple and maple brown sugar cheesecake, Oreo cookie mousse, rocky road, and my fave, the pumpkin amaretto mousse. I love the fact we got to sample all the desserts, without feeling guilty about ordering all four. Though the rocky road was a tad overly sweet, I loved all the other three.

It was a wonderful evening. The service was great, our sever was attentive but not looking over our shoulders all the time. I don't like feeling like I am being hounded. I love the restaurant itself. Super quint and cozy in my opinion. I definitely would come here to celebrate a birthday or a girls night out for sure.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Big Fish

So, me and hubby turned the big thirty on Sun and were excited to go out by ourselves for dinner without our little bundle of joy. We decided on Big Fish as I wanted seafood and had heard great things about this place.

It was Sunday night, which was Seafood Paella night. The appetizers that was included that night with it was s. We decided to go with that, as the waitress recommended it, and it sounded amazing.

First off, we had to try the oysters. It was amazingly delicious. I got half a dozen of different varieties. Everything was super fresh and tasty.

Next up, crab and bay shrimp cakes. These are the best crab cakes I have ever had. They were super moist and the flavors just popped in your mouth. The citrus caper aioli danced with crab cakes and I seriously could have ate more. The lobster stuffed mushroom caps with escargot were so tasty. Garlicky goodness and they don't skimp on anything here.

The star of the night was defiantly the seafood paella. Look at all those mussels! It had three fillets of talipia and elk sausage in it. Now, I've never had paella before, and seen it alot on foodnetwork, and my expectation were surpassed when we dug into this bad boy. I couldn't believe how good this was! 

This was how it looked plated. Yum yum! I pretty much ate all the mussels by myself. =)

For dessert we picked the chocolate souffle with vanilla bean mousse. At first we thought it might be too rich, but it was perfect. It was creamy and had a cake like texture for the bottom and sides. It was a great ending to a amazing meal.

All in all, me and hubby will be going back for sure to sample all the other offerings.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Izumi Sushi

I used to love Tokyo Gardens when they were still there, and one day I found out that it has closed down and a new sushi place has opened up in their spot, I was a little hesitant on eating there. So flash forward a year later, I decided that me and Hubby should make a trip and test it out of course. Plus, we just started pre-natal classes and it was at Southport AHS, so we decided to make a dinner date out of it. 

On entering the restaurant, we noticed that it was definitely brighter then what it used to be in there. I loved how they redecorated it, though it was a little weird when you look up at the ceiling and realized that there is a mirror right above you. I guess it would be easy to creep other patrons if you were into that. =)

Service was quite fast and efficient. Our waitress was super nice and explained all their rolls as she brought them out. Though I would like to say it was a little weird getting my rolls first before the appetizers. 

We came on a Wed night and their special was cheap pricing on their special rolls. Score! So we decided to try their Rainbow Roll. I was pretty impressed by this one, as their crab mixture was really creamy and had tons of great flavours. Each piece had a different topping, so smoked salmon, shrimp, avocado and tuna. There was one that has some kind of green veggie like thing on there that I was not too impressed with.

We ordered two appetizers. First was the Mentai Calamari. Honestly, this was pretty good calamari. It was super lightly battered and the squid was melt in your mouth goodness. I like how they had it on a bed of salad with this lemony taste to it. Definitely a must have if you come here. 

Next up was Smoked Salmon and Spicy Salmon rolls. Personally, I didn't like either of these rolls. My Hubby makes better smoked salmon rolls at home. Something about it didn't taste right to me. The spicy salmon rolls were alright. Nothing special.

Appetizer two was Baked Oysters. Okay, it's been a long while since I had it, and Tokyo Gardens made amazing baked oysters. So I kind of had high expectations for this. It was a let down. It was more cream and cheese then oysters. I don't think there was an oyster in there. I was quite sad to be honest. 

Last speciality roll that we ordered was the Spicy Bomb. I have to say these rolls were huge! I have to say about Izumi rolls is they don't cheap out on the fish at all. Hubby says this roll was quite yummy. 

All in all, I would definitely come back for their speciality rolls on Wed night. Portions were bigger then most sushi places for sure. If I was in the area, I would drop by here to eat, either then that, I wouldn't make the trip from the deep south. 

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Sea. Fish n'Chips

So it was a cold Saturday afternoon and I was starving as usual (being pregnant means hungry all the time), I decided to bug hubby to grab some food before we went grocery shopping. Now I have driven by this place many times in the past two years, but have never dropped in. Thinking it was a take out only kind of place, we bundled on up and headed out for some of the most amazing fish and chips I ever had.

Upon entering the restaurant, I realized that it is a take out and had sit in dining as well. The waitress was super friendly and we were seated right away. Now we got here about 3:30 in the afternoon and by the time we left an hour later, this place was filling up fast.

Taking a look at the menu I realized that they served alot of amazing sounding seafood dishes besides fish and chips. Now since we were only here to eat a quick bite as we had dinner plans already, me and the Hubby decided to share everything.

I am in love with chowder, so we had to have some. Seafood Towne Chowdah was amazingly rich and creamy, without being too heavy, and just chocked full of fish and veggies. It came with a side of garlic toast that was just amazing when you dipped it into the chowder. We got the bowl to share and let me tell you, it was a HUGE bowl. I actually am drooling a bit as I am reliving this chowder moment. Definitely amazing, and definitely will be going back for this.

Our second dish that we ordered, was the Jaws plate. We choose cod as our fish, and it came with 2 prawns, 2 scallops, 2 oysters and of course, some chips! There were three different sauces that came with it, one was kind of a lemon mayo dip, and the other was more sweet and sour, plum sauce kind of taste and the third was unknown to us, that we couldn't figure out. I found the batter around the cod was perfect. It was crunchy and crispy and the fish was super tender. The batter for the oysters however, was a little too much, where there was more batter then oyster. I know not all places are going to give you big huge honking oyster, but I felt kind of sick just eating so much batter that I could not enjoy it. It was alot better with the scallops and prawns though.

All in all, this place is amazing and me and hubby will be coming back again for sure to sample the rest of the menu. I still can't believe it took us two years to finally eat here.

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Blue Star Diner

It was my little baby sisters last day in Calgary, before her big move to Edmonton, we decided to go out for brunch at Blue Star Diner. Now, I've read a lot about this place other food bloggers, so I was really excited to try it out and see if it lived up to it's hype. Lets just say this place was so good, that I ate here on the Friday and Monday as well. =)

Blue Star Diner is located in Bridgeland, with 2 hour parking off of the main road there. Let's be honest, I am cheap and refuse to pay Calgary Parking Authority unless I have too. So if you are coming here to eat, park off of 7A St. The wait wasn't too bad when we got there. Took about twenty mins to get a table, and we took awhile to order as my cousin was running fifteen mins late. They do offer complementary coffee while you are waiting for a table, which is a super nice touch in my opinion. The diner is small and cozy and the servers to the hostess were all amazingly nice and welcoming.

For myself, I ordered the Stuffed French Toast with hash browns on the side. Stuffed inside was cinnamon cream cheese with field berry compote. Talk about yummylicious! The french toast was nicely coated and cooked. I finished this within five mins of getting it on my table. The hash browns weren't as crispy as I like, but they were tasty nonetheless! I love the seasoning that was coated on them.

My sister had the Smoked Salmon Avocado Eggs Benny. Now I am not going to lie, I wanted her eggs benny so badly, but being 22 weeks pregnant I had to skip it.  As I watcher her devour it, (yeah I am creepy), I can see that the eggs were done perfectly where the yolks just ran right out the egg whites all done the smoked salmon and avocado. I must admit to all my readers, I did eventually take a bite when offered and it was delicious! Honestly, as soon as I have this baby, me and hubby are going here and I am getting one of my own. 

My cousin had the blueberry banana pancakes minus the blueberry or banana, as she doesn't like fruits, so there is no picture. 

Since this place was so yummy, I brought my husband here for brunch on the holiday Monday. Wait time was about half hour this time, but we figured as it was the long weekend, it would be a little longer of a wait. This time we were sat at the bar, which was actually quite comfy! Now, I don't know what it is about the orange juice here, but I love it. 

Husband ordered the Albertan Three Egg Omelette. It came with a side of toast, your choice, he picked sourdough. The jam of the day was an apricot one which he really liked, and hash browns. The omelette was fluffy and stuffed with a bison chili and tons of cheese. He was in heaven. I sampled a bite of his, (okay I had more then a bite, it was really good), and I am not one to try something different such as bison, but it was FANTASTIC! I think this is my second fave dish here besides the eggs benny my sister had. 

I'm not really into breakfast burrito, but I thought I would give it a try since my mind was on it after reading if off the menu. I am glad that I did! I got the Blue Star Burrito, stuffed with eggs, bell peppers, red onions, mushrooms, cheddar, and refried beans. Talk about burst of flavors and textures in your mouth. The combo of burrito, avocado, sour cream and salsa made my taste buds dance and sing. That's right, I went there. Dance and sing I tell you. Everything was just so fresh and better then any of the other breakfast food places.    

I give this place two thumbs up, and recommend that everyone try this place out at least once. Great service and amazing food has made it me and hubby's new brunch date place. 

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Blue Star Diner
809 1st Ave NE
Calgary, AB

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Mirch Masala

So I have been craving Indian food real bad, and where else can you go besides the North East for some authentic Indian cuisine. I decided on Mirch Masala, where I have gone once before with my sisters, to satisfy my cravings. Along with me I brought the husband and my sister Diana.

For our appetizer, we of course had to have the beef samosa. Nom nom nom! It was nicely spiced and the outside was super crunchy. A perfect start to the meal. My favourite dipping sauce was the green one. I'm not sure what is in it, but it was delightfully spicy.

I love Butter Chicken, so that's what we had to order. The chicken was nice and tender, the sauce was super creamy. Perfect for dipping with the naan bread and I pretty much soaked my basamati rice in it.

I love how fluffy the naan bread was. It was slightly butter on top still, and writing this is making me want some. The rice was cooked perfectly. 

Next was the Beef Rogan Josh, this comes in different hotness, and we picked med, as the husband and sister aren't big on super spicy hot food. The chunks of beef were perfect mouth size and the sauce once again, perfect for dipping!

For our third dish, we ordered the Chicken Tikka Masala. I love the spiciness of the chicken and how big the chicken pieces are. There's just no word to describe how delicious this whole meal was. We ate EVERYTHING.

I love the ambience of Mirch Masala. The decoration and the colour scheme is so bright and cheery. I love the background music they have on. It's just such a fun relaxing atmosphere. Whenever I am in the mood for Indian, this is definitely where I would go. Even though it's a far drive my place.

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Mirch Masala Restaurant 
6208 Rundlehorn Drive Northeast
Calgary, AB
(403) 293-7440 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Bagolac Saigon

So it's Saturday night and it's getting cold out so decided to stop in to Bagolac Saigon near Chinook Centre. We've been here once before the renovations and it was as good as I remember.

Now it doesn't matter what Pho place I go to, I always order Deep Fried Spring Rolls. I liked how their rolls were not greasy at all, and the filling was really good, I just wished it wasn't so toothpick looking. 

I love the pho at Bagolac! The broth is so flavourful and the noodles are cooked perfectly. Nothing worse then too soggy of a noodle or to hard of a noodle. They give you a decent amount of beef balls, and the beef was tender after it was cooked in the broth. As my father says, "if you are dripping sweat then it's a good bowl of pho!"

Husband got a rice dish. Pork chop with two fried eggs. I love this dish. I love making it at home, and going out to eat it. There's just something about the mixture of egg yolk, rice and pork that is so comforting and reminds me of home. 

The service at Bagolac was excellent. She came by and refilled our water and made sure everything was okay. The food came out quick and hot. We did have to wait ten mins for a table, and they were busy on a Saturday night. All in all, if I am in the Chinook area, I would definitely drop by for a bite. 

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6130 1A St SW 

Monday: 11:00am-10:00pm
Tuesday: 11:00am-10:00pm
Wednesday: 11:00am-10:00pm
Thursday: 11:00am-10:00pm
Friday: 11:00am-10:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am-10:00pm
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