ITINERARY: FOODIE

CANADA’S CULINARY CONTENDER

Top critics from North America’s most influential newspapers and magazines peg Calgary as an important culinary destination to see, taste and tour. Young chefs, stalwart servers, bold bartenders and culinary events are cooking around every corner. The best part of the city’s culinary scene? The community collaboration among chefs and entrepreneurs trying to make a difference, creating a conversation about supporting each other and local producers.

AN ASIAN INVASION

Whether you love Thai, Japanese, Korean or Chinese food, Calgary has multiple options across the city that will hit the spot. The authenticity of each cuisine is a treat every time, from the delicious affair to the the family-style environment. Diners will not be disappointed if they’re looking for flavourful dishes, especially with lots of late night eats! 

  • FOO Food
  • Song Huong
  • Anju
  • Watercress Express
  • Khao San Thai Kitchen
  • Shiki Menya
  • White Elephant Thai Cuisine
  • Calgary Court Hong Kong Cafe
  • Cafe Koi

HIGHLIGHTS

  • DO: A walking tour with Calgary Food Tours to see the best food producers, markets, artisans, chefs and restaurants
  • DINE: On some authentic pho at Tamarind Vietnamese Grill & Noodle House, a haven for vegans and vegetarians
  • DISCOVER: Authentic ceviche at a hidden Peruvian gem called Inti Modern Peruvian
  • DO: Try the the city’s favourite roast house, CHARCUT, with Top Chef Connie DeSousa at the helm and co-chef John Jackson 
  • DINE: At Sushi Bar Zipang in Bridgeland, one of the most traditional sushi joints in the city
  • DISCOVER: Authentic Shanghai dim sum at Great Taste restaurant, a local favourite for the Chinese version of brunch 
Sushi

“RAMEN” AROUND

The city has caught ramen fever, with many of the top restaurants for 2015 being noodle soup inspired. Shikiji and Shiki Menya lead the pack with a modern twist on the Japanese staple. The two hotspots in the city truly celebrate the culture of bringing the community together. Arrive to Shiki Menya early though; they only have 150 bowls a day! If you’re in the downtown core, make sure to check out Goro + Gun with the lunchtime business crowd and feel the energy.

Continue with Asian-inspired cuisines with local favourites, such as Chef Roy Oh’s Anju, Watercress Express, Eats of Asia or Raw Bar at Hotel Arts – you won’t be disappointed with the extensive list of mouthwatering dishes available at each. Watch out for Shokunin, the newest restaurant for Chef Darren MacLean that has been making waves across the foodie community with his artisan Japanese cooking in a contemporary setting. 

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED

Calgary is quickly becoming a culinary destination, recognized for its innovative chefs, eclectic cuisine and pioneering spirit. Critically-acclaimed, nationally and internationally celebrated – the city boasts many impressive chefs and restaurants that are making waves. If you want to try the top restaurants of 2016, check out Avenue Calgary’s Best Restaurants list for more ideas.  

CHEF’S AND RESTAURANTS LEADING THE WAY

  • Sal Howell, Deane’s House and River Cafe
  • Rogelio Herrera, Alloy
  • Spencer Wheaton, Mercato
  • Glen Mazer, Bonterra Trattoria
  • Paul Rogalski, Rouge 
  • New restaurant for 2017: Duncan Ly, Foreign Concept
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