Pinbar Opens, The Chocolate Lab Has Designer Chocolate Eggs and Deane House Has a New Dinner Series
All this and more in our bi-monthly round-up of Calgary restaurant openings, food news and events.
Deane House has launched a new monthly dinner series.
Photograph by Jared Sych
Whether you're looking for a spot to grab some brunch, a sandwich or dessert, there's a new eatery 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.
The Bro'Kin Yolk has been serving delicious breakfast and brunch in the Creekside area for the past two and a half years, earning a loyal following in the process. Now, they're expanding with a second suburban location across the city. The restaurant's second location is planning to open in Mahogany on March 6. Designed by Sarah Ward Interiors, the new location will have around 70 seats, an open kitchen and "modern farmhouse" decor. Both locations will share the same menu, offering up Fratello coffee and dishes like eggs Benedict on Belgian waffles, baked egg frittatas, breakfast poutine, an open face avocado sandwich, the baked apple pie waffle and more.
1410, 7 Mahogany Plaza S.E., 403-457-5955, brokinyolk.ca
This year, Easter falls on April 1. For those of you who like to mark the occasion with chocolate eggs, you'll probably want to check out the giant designer eggs being made by The Chocolate Lab. The local chocolate shop makes these eggs with French chocolate and fills them with items like truffles, caramel balls, coconut pieces, pretzels and more. Using coloured cocoa butters, the staff paints the outside of each egg with colourful patterns and images that range from flowers to Harry Potter-themed. While you can pick up an egg this month at either of The Chocolate Lab's two locations while supplies last, the shop is also auctioning some off through its website this year. When an egg is posted to the website, you'll have a week to bid on it. Check back in later to make sure you get your hands on one of these hugely popular treats.
202D Centre St. S.E., 403-455-3022 and 226034 112 St. W., thechocolatelab.ca
There's a new way to experience the food at Deane House. Once a month, the restaurant offers a special pop-up dinner event on a Sunday. The dinner features a guest chef who works with Deane House's chef Jamie Harling. The Sunday supper series kicked off in February with a dinner featuring guest chef Neil McCue. The next dinner, which will focus on sustainable seafood, is set to place on March 25 with Teatro Group's corporate executive chef Matthew Batey.
806 9 Ave. S.E., 403-264-0595, deanehouse.com
What goes well with a beer and a sandwich? Pinball. At least, that seems to be the case at Pinbar, a new pinball arcade and bar that recently opened on 17 Avenue S.W. While there is a selection of bar staples like poutine, nachos, wings, house-made pizza pops and mac and cheese, the sandwiches on the menu are anything but typical. Options range from the "Champions of Breakfast" sandwich (with a fried egg, seared pork belly, cheddar and arugula) to the Yardbird (with bread fried chicken, pork belly, Swiss cheese, tomato, honey, Sriracha slaw and a sliced apple fritter as a bun). And of course, there's the "F'getaboutit" sandwich, which you can get for free if you manage to eat it in 30 minutes or less. When you're done stuffing your face, you'll want to check out the bar's nearly 20 pinball machines and play a game or 10.
501 17 Ave. S.W., 403-930-8175, facebook.com
Calgarians love their soft serve, and now, there's a whole new way to enjoy it at the newly opened Uzu Taiyaki. The small Chinatown eatery serves taiyaki, a sweet Japanese waffle cake in the shape of a fish, topped with soft serve in flavours like pandan, red bean, match or vanilla. While you can get the soft serve in a cup or a matcha or regular waffle cone instead, the taiyaki cones are worth the wait. Finish off your soft serve with toppings like Pocky sticks, Teddy Grahams, sprinkles or a fresh marshmallow made by fellow Chinatown business The Chocolate Lab.
1, 110 2 Ave. S.E., facebook.com