Bridgette Bar — Restaurant on 10th Ave
Good Morning fellow trotters and welcome back to the YYC food scene! Today I’m excited to serve you a review on Bridgette Bar, a restaurant located on 10 Ave. This colourful and charming restaurant would be a perfect spot for either drinks & appetizers or a full intimate dinner. It’s the kind of place, I think, Rachel, Monica & Friends would hang out (but I guess we would need to be located in New York for that).
The colour theme of Bridgette Bar is centred around orange (I guess orange is the new black this season) and they have real motorcycles hanging on the wall– a real ride on the wild side! The design and colour scheme of the restaurant is fun, vibrant and really gets you in the mood for summer.
Depending on your preference, the dining room has booths (with pillows) as well as stand-alone tables & chairs. They also have a private dining area for large parties and events. However, be sure to make reservations for this area early as it is booked up quickly!
More than the ambience of the restaurant, the food is definitely something to write home about. They have a tapas style of dining here so the entrees come in large sharing place. I personally love tapas because it allows you to try more dishes and your palate gets so many more flavours! This was my first visit to Bridgette Bar (but not my last) on this occasion we ordered the lamb & the duck. I’m a HUGE fan of lamb & duck and usually choose one of these when I dine out if it’s an option. While the lamb was mediocre (I’ve had better lamb dishes at other restaurants) the duck was out of this world! I can honestly tell you this is likely the best duck dish in Calgary — flavoured perfectly with a sweet-ish sauce and fall off the bone meat. Even before you eat the duck the aroma was absolutely mouthwatering. It was paired with squash and plated in such a way as to show the chef’s unique style. I wasn’t super hungry so we didn’t order an appetizer but there was a rabbit dish that looked interesting and worth trying.
Now for my favourite part of any dinner… DESSERT! They had a very small selection and unfortunately, one of the items was already sold out — the Crème Brûlée. So instead I picked the Beeramisu a tiramisu sweetened with reduced beer. Now normally I’m not a tiramisu fan and I was concerned that the dessert would taste like beer. To my joy, it was sweet and not beer-like at all. Just like standard, tiramisu it also has lady fingers & mascarpone. I was pleasantly surprised by the flavour. Finally, it was topped with cocoa and served in a cute mason jar which added texture & flare.
Overall I had an enjoyable experience at the Bridgette Bar and will certainly return in the future. I’m super excited about their private dining area — this will be a location for a future party I host for sure! I would rate my time here ♥♥♥♥ out of 5 hearts!
Trotting Traveller ♥