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The Living Room

This past Friday, Cory and I decided to finally use a gift certificate that has been collecting dust since Christmas. Last Friday was a gorgeous summer day. We haven't seen many of them this year so you really need to take full advantage when they appear. We only live a few blocks away from The Living Room on 17 ave. so we strolled over.

The Living Room has a great outdoor patio and we were given a table right next to one of the two fireplaces. I don't think it was really putting off much heat or we would have been way too warm. Since The Living Room is known for their interactive cuisine we decided to start off with a black truffle and aged white cheddar fondue. Yum! A basket of cubed bread accompanied the fondue. Bread dipped into warm, melted cheesy goodness, with a glass of Chardonnay in hand, I was a happy girl! My only complaint was that some of the pieces of bread were cut very small and they immediately crumbled as soon at they came in contact with the fondue.

I decided to have the Lobster Risotto for my entree while Cory decided to have the Milk fed Veal short ribs with gnocchi. Cory has a real love for gnocchi as well as short ribs so this was an obvious choice. I think I made a great choice. The Risotto was cooked to perfection. There was lots of nice sized chunks of lobster, as well as sweet, fresh peas, a couple of spears of tender-crisp broccolini and this was topped with a handful of lightly dressed arugula and enokki mushrooms. The slightly bitter arugula was the perfect contrast to the rich lusciousness of the risotto. I was very impressed with my meal. Cory was also quite happy with his meal. The gnocchi were nice and light, he also had a couple of spears of broccolini as well as asparagus, there was a little pool of a sweet carrot puree, the short ribs were very tender but they were somewhat lacking in flavour.

We were pleasantly full so we didn't have any dessert. I would definitely recommend The Living Room. The food is great. I did find the wine list to be on the expensive side. I am going to give it.... 4.5 stars

The Living Room
514 17 avenue
Calgary, Alberta


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