CHARCUT Roast House
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- CHARCUT Roast HouseMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesHistory Buffs+ 1Jun 20, 2013
Charcut shares the nose to tail philosophy of dining. Vegetarians would not find this the most welcoming menu although they could find something tasty. The success of chef Connie DeSouza on Canada's Top Chef has added to the popularity of this restaurant which was already pretty popular.Recommended for:Foodies
- CHARCUT Roast HouseMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6First to ReviewOct 05, 2012
Our Team Lead took us to Dinner here to celebrate a project milestone and to say Thank You for a job well done. Janet is a bit of a foodie and also really wanted to try CHARCUT, especially on an expense account.
CHARCUT Roast House is basically an upscale urban rotisserie, with a lot of chef-driven buzz and Country French and Italian accents. This is also a "local and sustainable" place in which ingredients are sourced from small, artisan farmers and ranchers, with herbs harvested daily from their own garden. I appreciate that as a long-time Golden State resident, although the bio-dynamic pretense factor here was perhaps a little too dear for my taste. And what's with the bright red above the open kitchen counter?
CHARCUT has 2 wine lists, their regular one and a "upon request" reserve selection. I suppose that my biggest surprise (beside the wine list prices which are outrageous by Northern California standards) was the fact that their Canadian wine selection was so limited. Considering the superior quality vino that comes from places like the Niagra Peninsula and the Okanagan Valley, I don't understand why high concept foodie places that emphasized local and sustainable don't play to those strengths. The moral of this part of the story? If I want a nice and reasonably priced selection of Canadian wines to go with my Canadian meal, you'll find me at Earl's.
The food on the other hand was fabulous, while the service and atmosphere almost matched. My colleagues raved about their steak and my Share Burger (CHARCUT Style "roasted garlic sausage patty, cheese curds, with a fried egg") was even better. We also shared a number of appetizers (whose selection escapes me) that tipped us off that there was much more culinary goodness to come. While the others relished their desserts, I capped off my evening with a purchase of a jar of homemade Brassica mustard as a well received present for Gayle. And if both of us ever make it back to Calgary together, this is one place might find us for a special meal together.Recommended for:Luxury Travelers