The big taste was a great excuse to try new restaurants (and food) at a modest price. I fully took advantage of those $35 three-course meals, hitting up 4 spots. I’ve already shared with you my post on Cucina, but I still have two more in my back pocket.
Now, just because the big taste is over, doesn’t mean you should refrain from hitting up these spots for great food. Today, I bring you the Black Pig Bistro.
Away from my usual haunts, the Black Pig is up the hill in Bridgeland. If you read Avenue magazine, you would’ve already seen that it was rated Calgary’s #1 best restaurant. And by looking at some of the competition (The Lake House, Posto Pizzeria), it must have been a pretty tough battle.
Thankfully, we were able to snag a reso and head on in for an evening treat.
This time, the menu was set so we didn’t have much choice. But I did get to take a quick peak at the usual menu, and it had some great options like risotto, pork dogs, jamon iberco, and passion fruit mousse.
We started off with a tomato Caesar salad. Our bowls were filled with ripe, squishy tomatoes – full of flavour and soaked in a light parmesan-Caesar dressing. It was light, refreshing, and popping with spring colour.
For entrees we were given the BPB take on pork and beans. It wasn’t at all like the grungy, campfire dish you expect.
Instead, there was a juicy, moist slice of high quality porchetta, carefully placed onto a bed of healthy, what I would consider “gourmet” beans – edamame, lima, and green to be exact. Much healthier than the other version – and MUCH more delicious.
It was accompanied by a small portion of refreshing mint and fennel. Once again, a light and healthy meal.
And last but not least, we enjoyed a pumpkin infused sticky toffee pudding, spotted with crème fraiche, and paired with a generous serving of rich salted caramel. They leave it up to you whether you wish to dip and dab your pudding, or go all in and drench it in the sweet stuff. Obviously, we picked the latter.
The meals were incredibly fresh and vibrant. Just like bistro food should be.
The portions of our meals were a bit small for me, but I think that was because we ordered the big taste menu. I would assume that if your entrée is $26+ you would get something a little bigger and more filling. Looking at the pictures on their website, I think I’m right.
I can see why it was rated so highly, and now I’m thinking I better go test out the competition so I can decide for myself :p
Given their new status, reservations are definitely recommended.