I hadn’t yet been to Workshop for dinner, so I selfishly chose it as the destination to bring a friend from out of town. The ambiance at Workshop is pretty neat – you can see into the tiny kitchen from the dining area, and there is lots of neat decor to check out while you people watch.
My friend and I used to work together in Edmonton, and as we were waiting for our food we recognized someone else we used to work with! It’s such a small world we live in… in all the restaurants in Calgary on all the nights, to run into someone from Edmonton was pretty cool.
We started our meal with the Albacore tuna tiradito with soy, morita chili, cilantro and vegetable escabeche. It was good, but pretty standard. There was nothing about it that really stood out as amazing for me.
For the main we shared the potato gnocchi with black garlic, turnip, parsley and parmesan cream. I quite enjoyed these little doughy nuggets, but the flavour was not what was expected. The sauce reminded me both of mushrooms and turkey dinner. The gnocchi were really good, but they didn’t go with my seafood curry.
I ordered the adobo seafood stew with coconut curry broth, green pea basil dumplings and peanuts. This dish was really good! There was a lot of fish and seafood in the dish, and if you like dumplings these were yummy.
My friend ordered the maple roasted steelhead with scallion pancakes, grilled bok choy and red onion beet marmalade. She thought the dish was good but not amazing. She felt the scallion pancakes were lost in the dish and using maple on the fish was pretty standard.
We were actually really full after supper but if you haven’t seen a common theme in my posts yet, I can always find room for dessert! I got the Improv dessert which is their ‘daily’ feature. It was banana bread with some other creamy dessert that had peanut butter and a chocolate crust. I can’t remember what it was called, but it was frigging good. The banana bread was something I could make myself, but the rest of the dish was super yum. My friend had the caramel-chocolate hazelnut tart with passionfruit cremeaux and smoked sea salt marshmallow. The tart had an unexpected hint of cinnamon, and the crispy cookie type things had too much cinnamon for my friend.
I’m glad I returned to Workshop for dinner. My first experience there for lunch wasn’t great. I enjoyed the atmosphere and the food at dinner time, but I don’t think the food deserves as much praise as I’ve seen it get. I will raise my rating on Zomato because I had a much better experience at dinner. I’m sure I will return, but Workshop isn’t yet in my top 5.