After our "only ok" experience at Summit Café, we tried to do a little more research on where to go for supper - we visited restaurant websites, browsed menus and rejected a few based on price or not being in the mood for certain cuisines. After being unable to score a reservation at one of the more popular restaurants, we found ourselves at O Bistro, intrigued by the promise of cassoulet, a French casserole made with white beans and meats (in this case, duck confit, sausage and bacon).
We spoiled ourselves with this meal and ordered two appetizers - the soup of the day (which was curried carrot - $6.95) and the baked brie ($12.95).
The curried carrot soup was delicious - the distinctive notes of Indian spices like cumin, coriander and cinnamon were obvious in the dish but still didn't mask the earthy sweetness of the carrots.
The baked brie was served with a selection of breads as well as a sweet-tart apple-cranberry chutney to balance the savoury cheese. It was good, but I'd hoped that the brie would be a little more melted and gooey.
Unfortunately we showed up at the restaurant a little too late and the last dish of cassoulet had gone to another table. So B. settled on the Beef Wellington ($31.95) and I decided to be selfish (since B. doesn't like seafood) and ordered the Seafood Bouillabaise ($25.95).
O Bistro's take on Beef Wellington is a little different - instead of wrapping the tenderloin in the puff pastry, the beef sat on top of the flaky pastry, which itself sat atop a bed of creamy mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables.
However, the beef was very charred - it was burnt. B. was very hesitant about sending it back, but after some coaxing, he did (oddly without ever using the word "burnt" and unsure whether his tastebuds were telling him the right thing) and the restaurant was very gracious about grilling up another tenderloin for him.
I was probably affected by B.'s experience with his dish, or perhaps I shouldn't expect very much for seafood in land-locked Alberta, but my seafood bouillabaisse was only ok -
I was impressed by the variety of seafood and the tender rice in the lightly-seasoned saffron broth, but the fish was slightly overcooked and tasted like it had been previously frozen.
With that, we decided to not have dessert, and spent the evening eating fudge and popcorn and watching episodes of The Big Bang Theory in our hotel room.
2 - 626 8 (Main) St
Canmore AB T1W 2B5
Open every day for lunch 11-3 PM; dinner 5 PM-close. Brunch menu available every Sunday.