Rich recipes: Calgary restaurants that use rich ingredients

While healthy eating and fresh produce will always be in style, sometimes you need to indulge in rich, luxurious, “special occasion” ingredients. Whether you’re in the mood for foie gras, pâté, truffles, pork belly or imported cheeses, these Calgary restaurants serve dishes that promise over-the-top decadence. [Image credit: iStock.com/SvetlanaIlnitskaya]

Brasserie Kensington

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100-1131 Kensington Rd NW, Calgary, AB T2N 3P4

This cozy spot in Kensington has a casual vibe, but chef Cam Dobranski has a penchant for comfort food and ultra-decadent ingredients. Duck, foie gras and pork belly show up across the menu, but the must-have is the foie gras poutine with truffle oil and Parmesan. On the so-called lighter side, you can also order duck confit poutine with duck gravy and cheese curds.

CHARCUT Roast House

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101-303 Centre St SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2B9

A downtown haven for discerning meat eaters (though there are plenty of salads and fish dishes on the menu), it’s the little touches at Charcut that push its cuisine over the top. The restaurant’s pig head mortadella is one of its signature dishes, as is the truffle gravy poutine. Also, to give your meat selection a little bit of a boost, try the beer battered onion and bone marrow steak topper.

Overeasy Breakfast

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825 1 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T2E 0C2

It’s not often that a breakfast joint includes fine dining delicacies among its brunch dishes, but OEB is a different kind of brunch joint. Toppings for the restaurant’s popular breakfast boxes include duck confit, Maritime lobster, black truffle and scallops, and the Edmonton Trail diner’s breakfast potatoes are fried in organic duck fat.

Rouge

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1240 8 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0M7

Rouge co-owner and executive chef Paul Rogalski is known for his love of foie gras, and the Inglewood restaurant’s menu features indulgent, French-style bits and bites. The duck and pistachio terrine is a highlight of the appetizer menu, as are the super-rich ginger-fried sweetbreads. For a string of rich and delicious surprises, try the ever-changing chef’s tasting menu.

Alloy

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220 42 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 1Y4

Alloy’s globally inspired main dishes feature fresh and delicious ingredients, and chef Rogelio Herrera really plays with the rich stuff in his appetizer menu, where a little goes a long way. Try the crispy pork belly with maple mustard, truffle gnocchi or the lobster tempura with tangy lime aioli.

La Chaumière Restaurant

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139 17 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0A1

On top of Calgary’s fine dining scene, Le Chaumiere serves up all of the indulgence that one expects from a truly classic French restaurant. It’s all delightfully old school – you’ve got veal served with foie gras, escargots with brie, pâté with gherkins and veal sweetbreads, among other classically prepared dishes.

Parc Café and Brasserie

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818 16 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0S9

Calgary’s French restaurant scene has exploded in recent years, and Parc serves some of the tastiest casual French food in the city. On the indulgent end of the spectrum (and really, with added Béarnaise, cheese and butter sauces, a good chunk of the menu falls into this category), be sure to take a look at the foie gras torchon, chicken liver pâté, lacquered pork belly and lamb-neck Parmentier.

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