Charcut {THE BIG TASTE}: Calgary, Alberta

The 2nd meal I had at The Big Taste was with friend and foodie Miss.Foodie at popular Calgary restaurant, Charcut.

We’ve seen some pics on Twitter of the dishes that Charcut was putting out for their $35.00 Big Taste menu, so we were able to sneak in a last minute reservation to try it out.

Lamb Ham and Gruyere Crostini

Lamb Ham and Gruyere Cheese Crostini

Lamb Ham and Gruyere Crostini

Lamb Ham and Gruyere Cheese Crostini (Instagramed up close and personal– @annasappetite)

We were given a treat prior to our dinner, a Lamb Ham and Gruyere Cheese Crostini.  This was a great little starter as it had a wonderful crunchy crostini, the lamb ham was nicely salty and the slight underlaying sweetness of the gruyere cheese rounded everything out.

This got me more excited for our dinner….

Afterward,  the waitress came by with our next dish.

Lonzino and spicy Romaine and Persian Cucumber Salad.

Lonzino and spicy Romaine and Persian Cucumber Salad.

The next dish was a spicy one!  In a delicious way of course.  :)   On the left of the picture is the Lorzino, an Italian style jerky that’s flavoured with pepper, citrus and fennel.  It was definitely the savoury part of this dual for sure and texture wise, it was one of jerky so it is a little tough and chewy, but tasty.  On the right is the zesty spicy companion, the Spicy Romaine and Persian Cucumber Salad which is romaine lettuce, persian cucumbers, herb yogurt, feta cheese and chillies.   The chillies really shined in this salad.  It was spicy, but not so it made you cry.  The chillies definitely had some zest to them like they were pickled and made this salad ever so refreshing.

Roasted Pork Loin with a Paprika Chilli Rub, topped with chilli oil.

From left to right:  Grilled Broccolini,  Roasted Pork Loin, Smashed Poplar Bluff Potatoes.

This platter was for the 2 of us!  Tonnes of food!  The Grilled Broccolini was topped with chillies, lemon, and Padano cheese and tasted pretty good.  In reality grilled veggies with lemon and cheese is always a good combo and I love broccolini.  The Roasted Pork Loin was covered with a paprika chilli rub and topped with chilli oil.  The pork loin was flavourful, the dark meat around the edges were deliciously moist and tender, but the white meat was a little tough and dry, but overall was pretty good.  The best part of this dish was the Smashed Poplar Bluff Potatoes this totally made our dinner.  I could just eat this dish on it’s own.  It’s basically smashed potatoes with sour cream, garden rosemary and house-cured bacon.  It was creamy, rich, tangy, savoury and uber tasty,  it was just damn good.

Preserved Blueberry Cheesecake in a Jar

Preserved Blueberry Cheesecake in a Jar

For dessert we each got a Preserved Blueberry Cheesecake in a Jar.  The presentation is super cute and it wasn’t overly sweet which is what I prefer.  The portion size was just perfect since we totally cleaned up the main entrees.

Overall, my experience at Charcut was wonderful for Big Taste.  For $35.00 you do get a great meal and a super filling one at that.

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