If there’s one thing that Calgary seriously lacks, it’s restaurant options in the suburbs. Joey’s, Earl’s; that’s about the best you’re going to find. Hopefully though, this is starting to change. Notables has been open in Montgomery for a few years and Rouge just opened up Bistro Rouge in the Westhills area.
Sounds like dinner to me! My mom and I stopped in for an early meal and it was nothing less than what I would have expected from Rouge’s little sister. The menu was classic French bistro, with a twist. The space itself was well decorated, with lots of attention to the little details. Like the gorgeous red-handled knives.
My mom ordered their “poutine” gateau. Quite a loose interpretation, to say the least. I’m not sure how a stack of potato pancakes with bacon, sour cream and dill translates into “poutine” but what matters I guess is that she thought it tasted good. Really good.
I opted for the “wedge salad”, a closer, although much elevated, version of the original. It sat on a bed of tomatoes, croutons and creamy blue cheese dressing. The iceberg itself was drizzled with a mustardy vinaigrette. Overall great taste and texture contrast, especially with the punch of that delightfully stinky blue cheese.
We also shared a side of cauliflower fritters with hollandaise. I love the idea behind the dish but it had a few executional flaws. The batter could have been a tad more crispy and both the cauliflower and hollandaise needed a few pinches more salt.
At the end of the day though, choosing between Earl’s and this, I would pick Bistro Rouge any day of the week. Just because we live way out in the burbs doesn’t mean we don’t want easy access to good food too, and this delivers!