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“Cheese is Not a Condiment ”

Workshop Kitchen + Culture
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Ranked #4 of 4,028 Restaurants in Calgary
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I remember the Grand theatre in the seventies. I saw taxi Driver there. There still are ruminants of the old theatre. The floor and the entry. Going there had a nostalgic glow. Until the waiter came.

What a piece of work that little mister was. I didn’t get the sense he was a waiter. I suspect elevated dishwasher. He did say the place liked to elevate foods. Oh why stop there. He was ripe in condescension.

The food was mediocre to bland except the beef tartare. Felt like Elevated food from Denny’s. we were interested in shared plates. The first two were beef tartare and pork cheeks. The pork cheeks was reminiscent of baked ham, tasteless sauce and a greasy fried egg on top. The waiter was quick to add to make sure we mixed in the egg to ensure we got the entire dish the way the cook intended. Well that didn’t make it special.

We then had roasted Brussel sprouts, broccolini, sablefish, pork belly.

Salty. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear the waiter say have some salt on your cheese you’ll like it.
Speaking of cheese the broccolini was laced with mozzarella cheese More cheese on that than most pizza joints. Psst tell the cook cheese is not a condiment!!!!!

Ok end of the night time for the bill. The waiter cleared half the table then flitted off to new arrivals. There was finally entertainment. The waiter said most people come for the Brussel sprouts. Whatttt???? Those sprouts were not special. Try the Brussel Sprouts at the market on 17 ave. Try the pork belly at CrazyWeed in Canmore but don’t go there for anything but the beef tartare he still didn’t return to clear the table. Another waitress took our info for th

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

Was invited to a business dinner and had never heard of the place. Located in the old Grand Theatre in downtown Calgary. They offer a blind 3 or 5 course tasting menu however we opted for the regular menu. That said we asked for a family style centre table serving and they delivered
For 5 of us they brought 2 orders of sirloin and 2 of swordfish along with one other. With several sides with each there was plenty and you could sample a little of each. Totally satisfied. Great dinner. Service was very good as well

Date of visit: October 2018
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Thank pauljames403
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Reviewed October 10, 2018 via mobile

We wanted to love Workshop. It had been on my list for many months and the reviews were excellent. We went mid week for a birthday celebration.

The downside of our evening was the service. Our server was lackluster and flat and rushed. He returned to our table five times to finally get to our food order and seemed disappointed that we didn’t order from the improv menu. We ordered drinks and they came at different times instead of together. When filling water glasses or removing plates he reached across the table in front of a guest’s face. Water glasses were refilled for some but not all.

Notice that I didn’t review the food? People remember how you make them feel and we did not feel it.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Stephmc15
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

My girlfriend and I had the three course meal and it was delicious! Would come back again! The service was excellent as well!

Date of visit: May 2018
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Thank Raymond L
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Reviewed September 20, 2018 via mobile

Loved everything about our visit.

Four of our group had the 5 course tasting menu and every course was beautifully presented, unique tasting and perfectly cooked. We especially enjoyed the duck breast and lamb courses. The wine pairings were well done. The other 2 of our group had the roast chicken and added a starter of roasted cauliflower and a side of gnocchi. Everyone left full (and impressed) with both the quality of food and the service. Our server Bobby was first-class.

Our only negative comment is the stools at our table were not very comfortable. Better chair pads for us senior citizens would be appreciated!

This is not a restaurant for anyone looking for a cheap night out. We all felt the price reflects the overall experience, and highly recommend this restaurant. We will be back!

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank dlflan
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