Summer Feast is back! During this ten-day prix fixe foodie affair, some of the city’s top chef-driven restaurants are joining forces to share delicious culinary creations. 24 amazing restaurants are offering a three-course prix fixe menu for lunch or dinner, ranging from $20-$45. This is such an economical way to discover our cities dining hotspots.
Last night, my friend Tiff and I were invited to check out the Summer Feast menu at Brasserie Kensington. Brasserie is one of my long-standing favourite restaurants in Calgary. Chef Cam Dobranski never fails to put out plates stacked with hearty, inventive and flavour-packed food.
The Summer Feast menu has two choices each of appetizers, mains and desserts so Tiff and I ordered one of everything to share.
The Summer Tomato, Peach & Basil Salad has a very light raspberry vinaigrette and a sprinkling of flakey salt keeping the focus on the fresh fruit. This is a crowd pleaser that we should all be making at our dinner parties this summer.
The second appetizer, Steelhead Trout Gravlax Salad, was topped with local microgreens, orange, lime and avocado aioli, and basil. Savoury and summery, this generous portion of thinly sliced, cured trout is packed with rich flavours. Get this! Share it!
Our first entree was the Brined & Smoked Alberta Pork Chop with wild chanterelle mushrooms (YUM!) and romesco sauce. (Tiff has a nut allergy so the kitchen substituted a different sauce for the romesco.) I loved this dish! The Alberta pork was brined and smoked to perfection.
My favourite dish of the night was the Cabin-Style Pan Fried Whole Rainbow Trout. The crispy skin was topped with a tarragon lemon butter that I need every day now. It sat on a bed of lemons, crispy potatoes, and pattypan squash. I could imagine this being prepared on a cast iron skillet over an open fire by the river the trout was just caught in.
Dessert started with a light and refreshing Peach Semifreddo, grilled peach, ginger snap and sesame. If you are full after eating all of the above, you can still eat a few bites of this as a satisfying finale.
I was very full at this point but that did not stop me from devouring the B.C. Cherry Cobbler with housemade orange and sour cream ice cream. This dessert is a showstopper, the cherries explode with flavour and every spoonful of orange and sour cream ice cream is a sexy, smooth finish to the bites of cherry cobbler.
So, $45 will get you one of these salads, one of these entrees and a dessert – which ones will you choose? Find more information on the other restaurants participating in Summer Feast here: https://www.summerfeast.ca/
We were generously hosted by Brasserie Kensington but my taste buds and opinions are all my own. xoxo