Cross-posted from Calgary is Awesome.
Remember last week when I told you about how busy Jacqueline Suzanne's Bistro in Inglewood has been partly because of a Groupon that we went to Wildernest Dream Café instead?
Well, we actually bought the Groupon too, except for dinner, not for brunch. B. and I finally coordinated schedules and checked out the promotion two Thursdays ago, finally fulfilling my desire last year to try their dinner menu.
It was the second time in a month that I turned on my camera to find that I'd forgotten to put back my memory card (and my backup has also been MIA), so I had to use my phone... apologies for the grainy photos!
Anyway, the Groupon deal was $32 for a three-course dinner for two, which usually would cost $45 per person. It was quite the steal! Since it was the Thursday before the long weekend, the restaurant was quite busy, and it seemed like everyone was making sure they used their Groupon before it expired!
For starters, B. got a Caesar salad while I tried the soup of the day - Creamy Tomato Bisque.
I really enjoyed the soup. I'd expected it to be very smooth and creamy, but instead it was pureed just to the point where there was still some texture, which I really enjoyed. The tartness of the tomato definitely whet my appetite for the rest of the meal.
The waitress talked up their wine list, martinis and appies (they have to make money somehow!) B. fell for the Crab Cakes ($15), which were topped with aioli and caviar.
The crab cakes were really good. A nice mix of the warm, tender crab meat with crispy fried bits.
For mains, I chose the Poached Salmon with Wasabi Aioli while B. had the Chef's Chicken du Jour - a "Greek" Stuffed Chicken Breast with feta and olives. Both came on a bed of seven grain rice with a side of veggies.
On first look, I was a little unimpressed by the salmon - the squiggly line of aioli, which looked just like the crab cakes, made the plate look a little amateurish. Taste-wise though, the fish was tender and I loved the hint of wasabi in the aioli (though both aiolis were a little too tangy and Miracle Whip-like to me.) B. let me try a bite of his chicken breast, which was moist and flavourful.
I was less impressed by the sides - perhaps it's because seven grain rice is what we eat at home, but I was hoping for something a little more creative, or at least different sides for the dishes on the menu! I enjoyed the vegetables though.
I definitely looked forward to dessert because often when I go out we are either too full, or no one else is ordering dessert so I don't order any (!) It sounded like the table next to us got the last Crème Brûlée, so after hearing our choices we settled on two cheesecakes - New York Cheesecake with Raspberry Lime Compote and Chocolate Bailey's Cheesecake. Both came with a dollop of whipped cream topped with a physalis.
The New York Cheesecake was surprisingly light, with a slightly crumbly texture and a nice tanginess. I usually like my cheesecakes to be a little richer, but this one was actually a nice foil to the Chocolate Bailey's Cheesecake, which was rich and decadent. I didn't really taste the Bailey's, but I was really there for the chocolate anyway.
All in all, while the food was good, it wasn't great and I did feel a little underwhelmed (particularly regarding the sides and the presentation), until I remembered that we were only paying $16 per person! (Excluding the crab cakes, tax and tip) It looks like Jacqueline Suzanne's is going to be busy for a while though, so I may wait it out a little before I visit again.
Jacqueline Suzanne's Bistro
1219 9 Ave SE
Calgary AB T2G 0S9
Open Mon-Fri 11 AM-9 PM; Sat-Sun 10 AM-10 PM.