Late last week, a new restaurant popped up on Stephen Ave.
Its opening had been quiet, eager to avoid the common mistakes of the new & overzealous. And, lucky for them, their hard work really paid off.
I eagerly threw on some new duds, strapped up my heels, and was out the door headed towards Stephen Ave. Looking forward to a delicious night ahead.
The name? Klein/Harris.
We made our way into the restaurant (in the old location of Home Tasting Room) and were floored by how comfortable, yet chic, the atmosphere was. With 50s inspired blue suede couches, gold detailing, and geometric accents, the space just begs you to take a seat and stay awhile.
Divided into a formal dining area and a lounge area for cocktail celebrations, Klein/Harris is catering to the after work market, foodies, and friends just looking for a casual place to spend the night.
Now, let’s get down to business, shall we?
After grabbing a welcoming cocktail – loaded up with spicy house-made ginger beer – we began our hunt.
Thoughtfully positioning ourselves near the kitchen, our eyes drew wide as we watched item after item loaded up onto trays, and headed in our direction. All transformed from menu large and small plates, into bit size mouthfuls.
Making sure to snatch up at least one (if not two) of anything that came our way.
Starting, with the beet mosaic. A sweet mixture of salt roasted beets, and topped with oat crumble and goat cheese.
Candied pork belly, drenched in a sticky maple butter.
And, mushroom ravioli. Stuffed with wild mushrooms, drizzled with brown butter, and sprinkled with shaved gouda. I couldn’t help myself from grabbing a few of these bad boys every time they made their rounds.
Then, we decided to give the other guests a chance to catch up. Perusing through the drinks menu, Cole grabbed himself an Oatty and I headed for the house made chips.
There’s actually a vast selection of cocktails at Klein/Harris, with 50s-inspired classics, True North staples, and Not-so-True North cocktails for you to choose. Perfect for your inner cocktail connoisseur.
The Oatty, a combination of Eau Claire Equinox, apple pie syrup, bitters, citric acid and sparking water, was as refreshing as it sounds and easily a crowd favourite of the night
And the chips, well they were everything you could hope for. Crispy & Salty.
And…more importantly… all mine.
Once it looked like new dishes were on their way out, I raced back through the crowds to get myself in line.
Butter Leaf lettuce wraps, enveloping spicy braised pork, crispy onions and a cool combination of tomatoes and cucumber.
Large slices of tender beef, topped with pan seared peppers and shaved carrot, drizzled with chili oil for a hint of heat.
Roast pork, drenched in a sweet and sour screech reduction. On menu, it’ll come paired with shipped potatoes and fried sage.
Smoked duck breast, with chunks of apples and raisins, all in a soured maple glaze.
Diver scallops with the most delicious bacon and apple nosh.
And, toast three ways. Loaded up with brown butter mushrooms, onion jam, and poached tomatoes.
Finally, we were gifted with a house-made buttertart on the way out, and from the pastry to the filling, the bite sized snack was mouth-wateringly delicious.
The food at Klein/Harris is “true north” inspired, featuring ingredients from east to west coast. All combined to showcase the freshness of ingredients, Execute Chef James Waters’ showed an exceptional skill at adding a creative flair with uncommon features.
Out of the long list of items we tried, I can’t say there was a bad one in the bunch. But, if you’re going to make me choose a favourite, it’s a tough call between the Roast Pork, Candied Pork & Mushroom Ravioli.
Their menu is divided into smaller plates if you’re looking to share with friends, or large plates if you’re more of an entrée kind of person.
My only regret of the evening was that I didn’t get to sample the donuts. But, that just means I’ll be back!
Open any day except Sunday, I suggest you head down ASAP and see what all the hype is about.
Then, take a stroll along Stephen Ave and admire the twinkling lights and the changing colours of the Tower.
Book a reservation and get the donuts for me.
See you there!
This post was made in collaboration with the Downtown Calgary Association and you can view my original article here.