Sky 360 atop the Calgary Tower
The Calgary Tower is the third tallest structure in Calgary, and with that comes a panoramic view of this city that seems to have grown in the middle of never-ending fields. So we just had to go have dinner at Sky 360 at the top of the tower, especially since it revolves slowly to give you a unique view every hour.
Once we were seated at the window, which made me horrendously nervous at first, we ordered a bottle of Cabernet Franc from the Chinon region of France. It was a bit strange that the wine was served somewhat chilled. In fact, it tasted so strongly of alcohol at first that it sort of masked the beautiful flavors underneath. As it sat in the big glasses, though, it was able to breathe a bit, allowing us to finally taste the bursting ripe fruits in this full-bodied wine.
As we sat spinning slowly and sipping on our wine, we gazed out at the city of Calgary. Half looked like an urban center while the other half looked like desolate fields. Also, the engine that powers the spinning restaurant uses less energy than a lawn mower!
My beet carpaccio was able to brighten up the view a bit with vibrant colors. I'm really glad that they gave me a number of candied pecans because they were delectable! The beets themselves were very fresh, and they used both red and golden beets to mix up the sweetness of this healthy appetizer.
A number of people ordered the Caesar salad, which looked like a regular Caesar salad except for the beautiful pancetta crisp up top. I would get the Caesar just to try that chip!
What I love about Canadian restaurants are the various meats they serve that are normally not served in the US. Like elk. The first time I had elk was actually in Stockholm, where it came on a plate that was mostly potatoes and vegetables and a small chunk of elk. Here, they serve a stunningly marinated and seared elk steak that I couldn't help but eye as I worked on my gigantic main dish.
And that dish would be the lamb shank. With my love for lamb, I honestly could not pass up this opportunity. This lower leg was cooked to a point where the meat peeled off so easily, but unfortunately, it could have used a bit more flavor. If only the lamb shank soaked up that savory and sweet maple lamb glace! The sauce went so well with everything on the plate, especially the substantial wild mushroom polenta.
And in case you are looking for something less terrestrial, Sky 360 serves a gorgeous ling cod over a bed of brussels sprout leaves and more importantly, double smoked bacon. If I didn't get my lamb shank, I would have definitely jumped for this dish!
And for dessert, everyone ordered either coffee or cheeses, but I didn't think the cheeses here would impress me as much as the Grizzly Gouda I had at Lake Louise or even the addicting brie in the Regency Club at the Hyatt Regency Calgary. So I went with the enticing pumpkin bread pudding, which was probably one of the best choices I had made that day! The fluffy, soft and warm pumpkin bread pudding was perfectly paired with a semi-sweet cranberry gelato. And believe me, I couldn't stop spooning up that whiskey caramel!
- Try to be seated at the window at Sky 360 - you are going there for the view (and the food).
- You can also go up to the observation deck, where they have one of those skydecks (where the floor is glass and see through).
- Make a reservation to the restaurant - you need one to go up for free.