I was invited back to Parc for their official opening and media event. Needless to say, they didn’t need to do much arm-twisting since it’s rapidly becoming one of my favourite places to eat. This would mark my third time to the month-old French joint, but there were still so many items left to try. You can read about my first time here.
Clearly knowing the strengths of their dishes and unabashed to show it, they pulled out all the stops to make sure foodies, critics and the like left craving more. Maybe not immediately (how many madelines is too many??), but definitely in the near future.
Calgary is quite the foodie hot spot, especially down 17th Ave. With restaurants popping up daily, it’s a testament to head somewhere more than once.
Now for what you guys really care about – the food.
I had already tried the croquettes, tarte flambee, mushroom brioche, steak frites, and the profiteroles – ugh, so yummy – so I tried to make the most of it and branch out.
We arrived to glasses of sparkling champagne and brilliantly plated charcuterie boards.
In no time I was eating mouthfuls of pancetta and machego cheese. They’ve got quite the selection of yummy, creamy, aged cheeses – and you would be hard pressed not to find one you enjoy.
We sampled the various wines – rose, white, and red – all of which were enjoyable, eyeing the various dishes and planning our method of attack.
As we mingled with the other guests, the very knowledgeable servers weaved in and out, offering an array of appetizers and bite-sized entrees.
There were prawns, mini parc-burgers, slices of duck, oysters….the list goes on and on.
The chefs feverishly cooked and magnificently plated item after item…which were devoured by hungry foodies almost instantly. That is, after they photographed, tweeted, and instagrammed every possible angle.
But as soon as the desserts came out, I was done for.
There were trays upon trays of lemon tarts, chocolate mousse cups, mini creme brulees, baba au rum (cake balls soaked in rum), and of course, madelines.
I’m almost embarrassed to tell you how many madelines I had… It’s enough to say I likely ate an entire basket. But hey, why let them go to waste right?
They were warm and soft – 100% fresh from the oven. With a hint of lemon and sprinkled with icing sugar. I stuffed my face…took a break…and then stuffed it again. As I write this, I realize that might be the reason why I don’t have many snaps of them…
Until now I had never had a madeline before, but now, I am addicted. Hook, line, and sinker.
So now that I’ve tried practically everything on the menu, what dishes are my favourite?
In no particular order, I would recommend:
Appetizers: Croquettes & Tarte Flambee.
Cheese: Go for the selection – maybe throw a little meat in there too.
Entrees: Steak frites. Now, the steak isn’t the best steak I’ve ever had – but that’s because we live in Alberta where AAA is ripe for the picking and steakhouses grow on trees. BUT the frites are excellent and the steak is really cooked like the French do it.
Desserts: Madelines. Hands down. Although, the profiteroles come in a very close second so why not get both?!
You really can’t go wrong with any of the dishes, so head on down and let me know what you think! It’s the perfect spot for a romantic date, brunch with the family, drinks with friends, or a business meal. It’s a little on the pricey side, but you won’t be disappointed.
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This post was a collaboration piece with Parc Cafe & Brasserie and Immedia PR but all of the opinions are my own. As in, I seriously think this place excels at French cuisine.