I drove past the restaurant simply titled Donna Mac one evening and was completely taken in by the gorgeous decor and very inviting styling of this brand new eatery that is on the corner of 10th Avenue and 9th Street here in Calgary. Floor-to-ceiling windows gave me a great view of what to anticipate inside.
Here is another gorgeous interior by Sarah Ward (Two Penny and Proof). I loved the light hickory flooring. This is a sexy space to enjoy a night out dining and enjoying others company with many sharing plates to dive into!
What better way to start off the night than with this scrumptious cocktail, On The Brightside. A perfect balance of Absolut, Bols Apricot and Fino Sherry along with orange, lemon, maple and rosemary.
I was almost clapping with excitement to see this stunning plate of Roasted Beets appear as one of the first courses. The pairing of beets with grapefruit, fromage blanc, stout beer malt, and chervil was epic. I would have that again in a flash!
A small but perfectly balanced bowl of Scallop Tartare was next, served with kholrabi, cucumber, herbs, horseradish and sprinkled with poppy seeds. This was delightfully delicious!
Rave reviews were given out for the next dish entitled Pork Salad which is a unique blend of pork, cabbage, pear, chili, and herbs.
The dishes kept coming and this Grilled Brassicas which is pork sausage, espelette peppers, salted turnip and almonds was one of my favorites. The surprising crunch from the nuts and the wonderful flavor from the sausage was a unique offering that I so enjoyed.
Time to try another cocktail and this one was so pretty with jasmine tea right in the ice cube! This Tanqueray based libation, On a Larkin is paired up with St. Germain and Limoncello and is in the section on the cocktail list of While You Eat!