Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

October 18, 2017
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Where to eat when in Saskatoon

Dr Gisèle Ferguson celebrates St. Valentine's Day with classic bistro flair

Last year, on February 14th, Mike, my spouse of 20 years, and I had planned an early dinner to suit our 81-year-old babysitter’s schedule! We celebrated at a local favourite: Calories. Around since 1995, it is a locally owned, nationally recognized bistro-style restaurant. Local producers supply meats, artisanal beers, produce and berries, when in season (this is Saskatchewan after all).

We selected the special tasting menu with wine pairings. Within minutes, we were sipping a 2003 Château de Landiras; crisp and clean. Soon, came comforting roasted tomato-and-fennel soup with preserved lemon, rosemary cream — velvety smooth and a perfect pairing with the wine.

Next up was the highlight of the evening for me: smoked scallops, fried to perfection, nestled on a bed of crispy riced potatoes, with pickled chanterelles, arugula and toasted hazelnuts, with a drizzle of honey-coriander vinaigrette.

We switched wines and ventured into a bold, red 2004 Marzane. It prepared our palates for Frenched pork chops stuffed with Asian pear and foie gras, served with an artichoke-and-green-bean gratin, buttered asparagus and a richly delicious black-truffle port sauce.

Already more than content, we were met with a 2003 Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise, sweet and complex, perfectly balancing the platter that held beignets with warm caramel sauce, braided quince paste jellies, panforte (which came home and was eaten later) and two delectable local Souleio chocolates.

We digested, rested and lingered just a little over a cappuccino — the babysitter was almost ready for her bedtime, after all. We left feeling that we had enjoyed a lovely dinner and grateful that we had each other to share it with.


Calories

721 Broadway Avenue

Saskatoon, SK

tel: 306-665-7991

Dinner menu about $70 for two, before wine

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