One of my close girlfriends won 4 (wicked) tickets to see the Calgary Flames and Chicago Blackhawks play on New Years Eve. With four ladies ready for a night out, we chose a classy dinner at the Deane House in Inglewood before the game. They offered a 3-course dinner for $65, with seating between 4:30 and 5:30 so you’d have time to get to the game.
If you’ve never yet been to the Deane House, it’s very a beautiful venue. With huge windows overlooking downtown, we got to see the sun set with frost in the trees and snow on the ground. That being said, sitting in a glassed-in patio when the temperature outside is -25C is rather silly. It was quite cold in the restaurant… they provided blankets for you to place across your laps and there were random space heaters throughout the patio, but it was still pretty chilly. One couple was seated beside us and then begged to find a table inside the warmer part of the restaurant. Since there were no spots available inside, they were moved to a table located closer to a space heater.
The menu was devine – 3 of us got the sturgeon and 1 of us got the ribeye. We all got the wine pairings for an extra $30 and they turned out to be quite awesome with the food. The first 2 glasses were 5 ounce pours and the dessert wine was 1 ounce.
The beets were served as an amuse bouche – they weren’t on the menu but they were a pleasant addition to the evening. Beautifully presented, they were really quite delicious with that little hint of creme fresh and lemon zest.
The Albacore Tuna Tartar was delectable. The fresh, light dressing on the tartare and the smoky seasoning on the pork puffs worked well together. I tried the pork puffs alone, the tartare on its own, and the two together – there certainly was nothing to complain about with this dish. I could have eaten a lot more, that’s for sure!
Next we were served freshly baked crusty bread. The salty butter was so good on that bread! I am not 100% sure of the puree – I think it was some kind of squash with a citrus kick to it. I should have asked… I tried some and enjoyed it, but I guess I’m a traditionalist when it comes to my bread (just give me salty butter and I’m happy!).
Celleste ordered the Wagyu Beef Ribeye. She really enjoyed it when we had it together at Zen 8 so she went for it again. The dish was beautifully plated with true fall colours and fall ingredients.
The other three of us got the Sturgeon wrapped in kale, served with black lentils and a kimchi consommé. The lentils were super tasty and the sturgeon was awesome. I think this may have been my first time trying sturgeon – I wish I had more on my plate 🙂 The consommé kind of turned the puree (I’m not even sure what kind of puree it was) and the lentils into a bit of a soup. Once I ate the fish I used my spoon to eat/drink everything else that was floating around in my plate. This dish was light, fresh and would make a super summer dinner. That being said, I was still a little hungry afterwards.
So, it was a good thing dessert was rich and heavy and oh so delicious! The little meringues melted in your mouth, the little Prosecco pearls rolled around on your tongue, and the chantilly cream was light and smooth. The white chocolate was surprisingly tasty (I generally dislike white chocolate because it’s so sweet), and the triple layer torte was smooth, creamy and very delectable! The dessert really was a work of art – both in presentation and taste.
Other than being a bit chilly and wanting more sturgeon for the main, this was an awesome evening with great food, pleasant service, and a beautiful venue. $65 for the 3-course menu with the amuse bouche to start was a pretty good deal for the quality of the food that we got.