What to Expect at Waalflower in Bridgeland

The menu includes share plates, burgers, pizza and plenty of cocktails.

The gardener’s tonic cocktail at Waalflower. Photography by and Mariah Wilson.

After the corner unit in the de Waal building in Bridgeland switched from Il Sogno to Whitehall to Elwood and The Rabbit in a relatively short time span, it became clear that the space was no longer suited to fine-dining. This past spring, the room got a more casual makeover and opened up as Waalflower Kitchen & Cocktails, a new spot that aims to be community-minded and family-friendly, while still serving thoughtful chef-driven food and killer cocktails.

Chef Jason Chen created a menu that makes use of local and sustainable ingredients without being too precious. He uses the restaurant’s hefty forno oven to make pizzas dressed with gourmet-esque toppings like beef merguez and halloumi, or white anchovies and onion jam. Chen’s menu also offers a selection of pastas, a burger and some Mediterranean-inspired small plates, all of which pair nicely with the gardener’s tonic, a fresh vodka and gin cocktail that changes colour right before your eyes. It’s just one of the many surprisingly creative cocktails you can try from the Waalflower bar.

24 4 St. N.E., 587-349-9008, waalflower.ca

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This article appears in the September 2019 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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