Named one of Alberta’s Ten Best Restaurants by the National Post. And with good reason. Gold Medal Plates Award-winning Executive Chef Duncan Ly and his team are bringing amazing contemporary cuisine to downtown Calgary. He is an alumnus of the Wickaninnish Inn in Tofino where he started as a dishwasher. He knows how to run a kitchen and has huge passion for some of the finest Albertan ingredients.
Winning Gold Medal Plates is no mean feat. It’s a testament to creativity and style. This is from the 201o GMP report penned by Food Day Canada Panelist James Chatto. “Our gold medallist had also stood on our podium twice before, earning silver in 2007 and 2009: chef Duncan Ly of Hotel Arts Raw Bar. The main event on his plate was a perfectly crisp, piping hot beignet stuffed with a rich, tangy mixture of tender braised beef cheek spiked with the intensity of sour cherry. While the flavour combination reminded Senior Judge John Gilchrist of classic Persian cooking the entire judiciary was full of admiration for the technical feat of making 550 beignets of such impeccable texture. The other major element on Chef Ly’s dish was some sleek, thickly sliced salmon gravlax cured with coriander and citrus zest and served over a lightly dressed salad of grated celeriac. Braised beef and gravlax? It was a courageous pairing that looked downright odd on paper but it somehow worked marvellously well thanks to a bridge ingredient – the finely minced shallots in a tomato confit vinaigrette prettied up with pink flower petals. The wine was also an effective ambassador between the meat and the fish – a great choice – Tantalus 2008 Pinot Noir from B.C.
Hotel Arts Raw Bar is one of about 250 restaurants that celebrate Food Day across Canada. Contact them at the number below to reserve a table.
Hotel Arts Raw Bar est l’un des 250 restaurants à travers tout le Canada qui participent au Journée des terroirs . Contactez Hotel Arts Raw Bar directement, au numéro ci-dessous, afin de faire votre réservation.
Hotel Arts Raw Bar
119 12th Avenue, Calgary
Alberta, T2R 0G8
T: 403 266 4611