According to an old Spanish proverb, the belly rules the mind. Thus, a meeting of the minds should always be accompanied by a great meal. To that end, we present Calgary’s best power lunch restaurants.
An opulent slice of New York in downtown Calgary, the Belvedere oozes sophistication. Slick walnut woodwork, flowing draperies, and a menu that features beef bourguignon, grilled Chilean sea bass, and Alberta Ewe-Nique Farms lamb shoulder will let associates know you’re playing hardball. Mains, $19-$40. 107 8 Ave. S.W., 403-265-9595.
Chef Michael Noble’s latest venture may be his most impressive. A massive wood-burning oven sits in the centre of Notable’s open kitchen, so you can watch your aromatic-rubbed chicken or beef and pork “meatloaf” burgers sizzle as you talk shop. Mains, $14-$34. 4611 Bowness Rd. N.W., 403-288-4372.
You could create an elaborate pitch to win the client – or you can go to Gaucho and incapacitate them with Brazilian barbecue. South American rodizio dining is continuous, so until your table taps out, Gaucho’s staff will keep bringing seven kinds of seasoned meat to your mouth-holes. Mains, $12-$20. 5920 Macleod Tr. S.W., 403-454-9119.
Coming in at number 60 on the prestigious “S. Pellegrino World’s 100 Best Restaurants” list makes Rouge a one-of-a-kind dining experience in Calgary. Lunch is reasonably priced, with a three-course meal, featuring braised bison, Alberta pork chop, or blackened catfish costing under $40. Mains, $25-$35. 1240 8 Ave. S.E., 403-531-2767.
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