Monday, 7 March 2016

Ten Foot Henry

Last week we celebrated Greg's birthday by checking out a new restaurant that had literally just opened the day before his birthday.  The new restaurant is Ten Foot Henry and the bartender just happens to be my brother in law Brad.  

It is located downtown where the old King Henry the 8th used to be on 12th ave and 1st street se.  There is no real big sign yet so it is easy to miss - or at least that is what I am telling myself since I drove by it 2x.  Greg said it is easy to find by foot since he was walking from work.  The only downside is that parking is hard to come by but that is unusual for downtown Calgary.

I love everything about the decor and furniture in this place.  I loved the vintage yet oh so modern wooden chairs, I loved the mismatch of tables throughout the area, I loved how they took the drywall off the walls and still made it look really good.  The service was great - all the staff was very friendly and interacted with all of the guests dining that night.  Julie Van Rosendaal wrote an article on it for CBC and you can read about it here.  

We started the night off with birthday drinks of course.  Greg had some kind of beer and I had the henele which is cachaca, dark rum, falurnum, ginger and pineapple.  I have no idea what most of the ingredients are but it was one of the most delicious drinks I have ever had.  Greg had some kind of beer.  He said it was good.

When we sat down, one of the servers told us about the original ten foot henry that was located near the bathrooms.  I had no idea what that even meant but she said we should get the girls photos with it.  The girls did not want to cooperate so I took it myself.  When I got home, I googled it and apparently he has been around for decades in Calgary in the art scene.  There was once even a club back in the 80s that was also named Ten Foot Henry.  He had been living near a theatre before being relocated to his new home.  It's kind of a cool story.

It's family style so you order about 6-7 plates and share them.  As I have said previously on my blog, it's one of my favourite ways to truly experience a restaurant.   It is very vegetable heavy and so it is perfect if you are vegetarian or if you have a mix of dietary restrictions.  It is very accommodating that way.

The first thing we ordered was the sourdough flatbread that was grilled and came with some kind of delicious sauce.  The bread was a little over done but the sauce was so good, it didn't even matter.  I would definitely order it again.

After going to CharBar, I have been obsessed with chimchurri sauce and so we needed to have the yellow fin cruda (i think that is what it was) with chimchurri sauce.  I had no idea that this meant raw tuna.  As good as the sauce looked I couldn't bring myself to try it.  That was until Finley tried it so then I did.  Neither of us liked it.  Greg loved it.  

This is a terrible photo and I apologize for it.  It was my favourite thing on the menu.  Or at least one of them.  It was charred broccoli with i think a cauliflower/parsnip puree topped with something else. We almost didn't order it since nobody really likes broccoli outside of Greg but seriously if I could make broccoli like this, I would eat it probably every day.  It was amazing.  Who knew broccoli could taste this good??

This was borscht dumplings which made me not want to order them but Brad said it wasn't really borscht but shredded beets with dumplings and sour cream.  Since we have a rule where you need to order everything on the menu that contains beets, we ordered it.  It was delicious and such a novel idea.  I don't like sour cream but Greg managed to scoop onto his plate so we didn't have to have it.  The girls also loved this.  Basically it was this and the bread that Penelope ate.  She didn't want any of it. 

These were the roasted potatoes.  I did not like them.  I didn't like the flavour or spiciness of them but Greg and Finley really liked them.

This was Yakitori Chciken and I ate a full skewer to myself much to Finley's dismay.  It is so good.  I rarely ever order chicken from a restaurant because I don't much like it but it was delicious.  Probably the best chicken I have ever had in a  restaurant.  

Finally it was dessert time.  This is where Penelope got most of her caloric intake.  We ordered a butterscotch pudding type thing with something that tasted like skor on top.  It was like heaven in a bowl.  We also ordered a coconut cake.  Penelope really liked it but it was just ok.  Definitely eat the butterscotch dessert if you go.  We don't normally order 2 desserts but we made an exception because it was Greg's birthday. 

I can't wait to go back again and I really hope that next time you are looking for a great, local, non-chain place to eat, you think of this place and come here.  You won't be disappointed.  

And in a few months, they will be opening Little Henry's which is going to be a grab and go kinda place.  It is right next store to the restaurant.

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