Sociale Bar & Grille for Big Taste Calgary!


I FINALLY stumbled upon a restaurant that was participating in "The Big Taste". The Big Taste taking place from March 4-14th and is a once-in-a-year opportunity to experience new works at participating restaurants in the heart of the city. There is set price dining for lunch of either $15 or $25 per person or dinner for $25 or $35 per person. Gourmet offerings are also available for $85 per person which includes a few courses of chef favorites and wine pairings. 

Sociale Bar & Grille on 1st Street and 6th Avenue S.W. had a three course meal on for $25 each and here is what we dined on!
For the first course you had your choice of this wild mushroom and roasted garlic soup or the below salad. This soup was really good and our awesome waiter brought an EXTRA bowl for all of us to split. The mushrooms in it were HUGE and meaty though which was a bit too heavy for me for lunch. Loved the garlic cheese bread on the top though and flavor of the soup... Mushrooms were just a bit too obese though ;)
I chose this AWESOME baby beet and orange salad with mint hazelnut vinaigrette and soft goat's cheese for a starter. Loved the combination of roasted beets and blood & navel oranges. So beautiful and the goat cheese did not overpower this dish. Fresh and delicious!
For the main course my dates both chose the Arctic char wrapped in serrano ham with potato and leek ragout and tomato confit. They raved about this dish and I loved the flavor that the potato had. The sauce was so yummy and fish was perfectly. It took nearly an HOUR for our entree to come out though.. Big downtown no no at lunch...
MMMM!!!! I chose the Grilled Lamb Sirloin *DROOL* with pine nut Romesco sauce and buttered pappardelle (egg noodles). This was one of the best pieces of lamb I have EVER had. SO unbelievably tender, juicy and delicious... And it didn't taste very gamy either. Perfection! The noodles were a bit long and awkward to eat but other than that yumm.. I would have maybe paired with a risotto ?
Because the meal took SOOOO long to come out (nearly 1.5 hours) that we had to take our dessert to go unfortunately. I was disappointed to learn that it was *supposed* to be "Orange cream beignets with cardamom cointreau honey" but instead we had the same chocolate terrine I had a few weeks back.
The food has been fantastic each time I have come... I really hope the kitchen can speed up their process though- it is an unwritten rule that downtown diners need to be in and out in 45-55 minutes.


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