A few weeks ago, Greg and I got a babysitter and headed out for dinner and a movie. We never made reservations anywhere and just planned to eat at Chinook but we decided randomly to go somewhere fun and as we were driving down 17th we saw Cilantro and decided to eat there.
They were out of their sweet white wine so she suggested this fonseca port. I did not like it. Not even a little bit. I ended dumping my water it so I could water it down and force it down my throat. At least now I know that I don’t like port.
My favourite thing about the restaurant is the little plates. I love tapas style. So many things to eat and you can order like 4 or 5 different things at one meal.
The first two items that came out were amazing. The one on the left was coconut coated pork belly slightly deep fried with an apple-pineapple compote. I hate pineapple but you couldn’t even taste it. It was like apple pie on top of coconut pork. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.
The plate on the rite is roasted beets which consisted of them with soft goat cheese, balsamic glaze, and candied walnuts. I love all things beets I really do and I even love goat cheese when paired with beets. The first time I had the combination was at a Wolfgang Puck restaurant and I was shocked that I ate it.
The next two plates came out and they were good but not nearly as spectacular as the first two. The one on the right is Crisp Salmon: Red quinoa salad, cauliflower, citrus crème. It was alright but nothing that I would order again. On the left was Seared Scallops: Roasted cauliflower & celery root purée, potato chip, truffle oil and that was delicious and would most definitely order it again.
The dessert was so good. Especially the coconut macaroons. I love me anything coconut and macaroons might just be my favourite cookie besides whipped shortbread. The chocolate Soufflé was also pretty good. Greg makes a good soufflé so I am pretty spoiled with that.
When we were leaving, we realized that we were eating at C-Bar which is owned by Cilantro. I couldn’t figure out how this happened since I know I drove by a building that said Cilantro. It turns out the restaurants are in the same building but the entrances are separated by something that I cannot remember and we didn’t realize that. So C-Bar is great and now I need to go eat at Cilantro. This is one Calgary restaurant that I highly recommend!!
Then we need ended up at Dumb and Dumber To. Greg was died laughing every time he saw the trailer so we went opening weekend. It was ok, although I think sometimes it tried too hard to be ridiculous. It was better then I expected it to be so I guess that is a good thing, haha. The biggest disappointment was the music. The first Dumb and Dumber’s soundtrack was epic. It still is. In fact, I bought it on iTunes recently and love it as much now as I did 20 years ago!!