Bar Chouette | Calgary’s Best New Restaurants 2024

At this new 40-seat restaurant in the Beltline, chef Duncan Ly’s French-inspired menu puts a twist on classic fare.

Bar Chouette. Photo courtesy of Bar Chouette/@monokesu

When it Opened
May 2023

Who’s Behind it
Chef Duncan Ly.

Why We Love it Already
Duncan Ly, of Foreign Concept fame, made his return last spring with a 40-seat boîte on the 12th Avenue S.W.-facing side of The District at Beltline. Ly’s French-inspired menu puts a twist on classics such as steak frites by incorporating herbed Café de Paris butter and subbing out the frites for triple-cooked wedge potatoes. The melt-in-your-mouth 1608 cheese souffle is simply outstanding, and the well-crafted cocktails, including a rosemary-brown butter Old Fashioned and the violette haze (gin, creme de violette, St. Germain), are a hit at happy hour and with the late-night crowd that packs the place post concerts and hockey games.

130, 227 11 Ave. S.W.,, @thebarchouette


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This article appears in the March 2024 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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