I recently discovered one of Calgary’s secret gems – Klein & Harris on Stephen Ave. This place has it all. Excellent service, a beautiful space and elevated cuisine at incredible prices. My recent lunch with Jaime was so good that I cancelled my office lunch reservations at another downtown restaurant and booked with Klein/Harris instead. For this post, let’s listen to some groovy music I overheard while dining at this fine establishment.
Jaime ordered the Mushroom Ravioli ($16). Oh my goodness, this was so good that I am going to order next time. The pasta is made in-house daily. The stuffing of earthy mushrooms was buttery, flavourful and plentiful. The addition of the blistered tomatoes, green and shaved smoked gouda was heavenly. The pasta was thin and delicate like a won ton wrapper. Amazing. Jaime said the pasta was actually quite light, so she didn’t feel uncomfortably stuffed.
Our excellent server – Amber – recommended the Apple and Walnut Salad ($12). She made it sound so good – quinoa, sunflower seed, hemp hearts and green tomatoes tossed in a buttermilk dressing. I’ll have to try that next time. I noticed several vegetarian dishes that looked delicious to me, a meat eater. The K/H Potato Salad with caramelized onion aioli and poached egg, crusted boursin cheese with crispy leeks, and the toast three ways. Sounds kinky!
For my lunch, I ordered the One Punch Lunch. The feature was duck confit sandwich, a side, two butter tarts and a mocktail for only $16.00. This was a steal. My mocktail was almost like a dessert – bubbly, sweet with ginger, orange fruit and mint.
I order the butternut squash soup as my side. I liked the addition of the jalapeno oil as it gave it a warm, spicy kick. I was surprised by the generous amount of shredded duck in my sandwich. The bun was soft, toasted and squishy. The juices from the sweet meat dripped down onto my plate.
My next visit at dinner, I have my eye on the diver scallops, Alberta lamb loin and duck breast with duck leg. What can be better than duck on duck?
I tried to book a table for 12 coworkers for happy hour but Klein and Harris was already reserved for a private dinner function. I’ll have to try again in January. If you haven’t been, you need to check this restaurant out.
Hitting the Sauce gives Klein/Harris two fat thumbs up. I like it so much this restaurant is going on my list of favourite restaurants in Calgary.