Tuk Tuk Thai Opens in Signal Hill and There's a New French Creperie on 17 Avenue S.W.
All this and more in our bi-monthly round-up of Calgary restaurant openings, food news and events.
The pad Thai at Tuk Tuk Thai, which just opened its second location.
Photograph by Jared Sych
Whether you're craving Thai food or crepes, there's a new restaurant for you to check out this month. Here's what you need to know about the latest food-related openings, news and events in Calgary.
Breizh Bistrot is a new French creperie that recently opened in the former Sal's Flatbread space on 17 Avenue S.W. Those hoping for an authentic experience will be happy to hear that the 50-seat restaurant has plenty of connections to France and its Brittany region. The owner, who hails from Brittany, was trained in how to make crepes in France and brought on an additional French chef when opening Breizh Bistrot. The Brittany flag hangs on the restaurant's wall, and even the restaurant's name is connected: in Breton, the language spoken in Brittany, "Breizh" translates to Brittany. Along with a few appetizers, the menu is largely focused on two things: galettes and crepes. The savoury buckwheat galettes come in flavours like the "Complete" with egg, gruyere cheese and ham and the "Forestiere" with mushrooms, onions, bacon and porto sauce. The sweet crepes come in flavours like the "Brittany" with salted butter and caramel and the "Plougastel" with strawberry jam, strawberries and chantilly.
311 17 Ave. S.W., 403-452-0665, facebook.com
If you can't jet off to Jamaica this winter, you can still immerse yourself in Jamaican culture at the 2018 Taste of Jamaica on March 31. The event, put on by the Jamaican Canadian Association Alberta, features activities for children as well as live gospel and reggae music performances throughout the day. And as the event's name suggests, there will be plenty of food. Those who pay the adult admission price will also get a serving of Jamaican dishes like ackee and saltfish, fried plantains and dumplings. And for dessert, there's grapenut ice cream.
Thorncliffe Greenview Community Centre, 5600 Centre St. N., jcaalberta.com
You're going to be seeing a lot of Tuk Tuk Thai in 2018. The popular Thai eatery has been open on 17 Avenue S.W. for a few years now and was recently named one of Avenue's best Thai restaurants. So it's exciting that it will be expanding with not one, not two, not three, but four more Calgary locations in Creekside, Signal Hill, Kensington and 5th Avenue Place this year. But Calgarians won't have to wait long — Tuk Tuk Thai's second location, located further southwest from the original in Signal Hill, has officially opened. There's plenty of table seating at this location, including a booth that's been put into a tuk tuk vehicle. Swing by to dine-in or grab some takeaway dishes of pad Thai and tamarind chicken.
5763 Signal Hill Centre, tuktukthai.com
There's a new spot to get your ramen fix in the Beltline. The small menu at Wakado Ramen Shop includes shoyu ramen with chicken broth, as well as tonkotsu shio, tonkotsu shoyu and tonkotsu black ramen with pork broth. You can also add appetizers like gyoza and edamame beans to your order.
907 10 Ave. S.W., 403-457-8828, facebook.com