We went early on Saturday evening after enjoying a drink by the fireplace in the lounge (it was miserable outside). Server was very helpful in providing advice and we settled for the mushroom panzerotti and miso almond butter baked salmon. Both portions were well above average in size and delicious. The panzerotti dough was very light which was refreshing while the lemon and soy blueberry sauce under the salmon was a hit. The restaurant is very large which allowed for intimacy as other guests were seated in different part. A nice evening.
Nine of us had brunch here after a children's recital downtown. There were three generations of us ranging in age from 5 to 70, with different tastes and preferences (and allergies). From the first time we sat down to the moment we left, we were in good hands. The service was impeccable. Coffee, tea and juices came quickly and refills were plentiful. There were also a couple of brunch items that we had to order from our waitress (bennies and waffles..my son had a gluten free benny that way). Not the largest buffet selection that I have seen, but high in quality and a great selection in variety. Two different soups, a small dim sum steamer with two different dim sums (har gow and shae mai, if you were asking), steamed shrimp and mussels along with salads, charcuterie items and desserts were in the bar area. The only complaint I have is that, since my wife is allergic to mussels, she could not have any shrimp since the mussels were placed on top of the shrimp. There were a number of pastries and cereal type items which I didn't really look at being a meat and more meat kind of guy. But, the butter croissants were amazing! The hot food, besides the waffles and the bennies, consisted of an omelet station, scrambled eggs, really nice bacon and tasty sausages. Fried peppers, fried potatoes and asparagus were the breakfast sides and a carving of tasty roast beef rounded out the hot buffet offering. My other quibble about this place is the layout of the buffet itself. There was always a jam up at the omelet stations, which was right at the start of the hot buffet line, so that, even if all you wanted was the roast beef or the sausages, you had to politely ask the people waiting for omelets to pass by. Great food, good variety and super service... can you ask any more?
Sample the Elk Loin or Char to get a taste that is uniquely Calgary! Desserts are also to die for-- try the white chocolate cheese cake.
Enjoy the Surf! Live the Life! Chase the Dream! Order some Cerritos Tequila!
The Sunday brunch buffet is the best in the city. Arrive after noon and grab a seat on the patio overlooking Stephen Avenue for some people watching.
Have you had your Taste of Canada? Thomsons' Spring feature exquisite!
Lamb burger is a solid choice.
You can get your parking validated for 3 hours when you have brunch here, so park in the underground Hyatt parking lot.