Rouge1240 8 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0M7
The charming, gingerbread-accented former A.E. Cross House by the Bow River in historic Inglewood is home to the top-reviewed Rouge restaurant. Several dining areas offer an elegant atmosphere amidst its richly hued walls. Rouge creates culinary delights using local meat and produce. The brown-butter poached halibut is heaven, and the heirloom tomato salad a tart thing of beauty with its savoury ramp vinaigrette.
With a French-inspired fine-dining menu that’s militantly local, Rouge has earned international acclaim. And far from being a starchy dining spot, Rouge is located in the very homey Deane House, a converted antique mansion that backs onto the Bow River corridor. The restaurant sends executive chef Jamie Harling into Gold Medal competition.
This restaurant in the stately, red A. E. Cross heritage home in Inglewood is simply one of the city’s finest. Chef and co-owner Paul Rogalski serves French-influenced food that is militantly local, incorporating Alberta meat and produce as well as veggies from the restaurant’s own garden. Rouge’s seasonal menu features entrees such as brown-butter poached sturgeon and grass-fed beef flatiron steak as well as lamb loin with lamb confit.