Rouge, Calgary (Photo credit: Rouge Restaurant)
At A Glance
In the summer, ask for a table overlooking the charming garden adorned with trees, flowers, and native shrubs.
Chef Q&A: Paul Rogalski
Reviewed by SC
Nestled on the banks of the Bow River in the Inglewood neighbourhood, Rouge is one of the world’s best restaurants known for it’s fine French garden to it’s table cuisine housed in a relaxed, historic setting in Calgary. Owned by a dynamic duo, Olivier Reynaud and Chef Paul Rogalski, Rouge offers old-world French cooking techniques paired with local and seasonal ingredients and fine wine.
Rouge is the former home of A.E. Cross, a Canadian politician, rancher and brewer, known as of one the Big Four who founded the Calgary Stampede in 1912. Amongst its many awards Rouge was named #60 by S. Pellegrino World’s 100 Best Restaurants Awards in 2010 and won Wine Spectator Magazine Award of Excellence (2005 to 2011).
The first thing you notice as you approach the restaurant is the beautifully manicured park-like yard. Once inside, you sense the restaurant’s unique ambiance which feels special, familiar and a rare blend of relaxed formality. The scene is a sophisticated mix of friends, family and couples on a special night or celebration or out of town guests.
A designated Calgary Municipal and Province of Alberta Heritage site, Rouge retains all its original old-world charm and character. The brightly coloured red bricks mirror the walls inside. The tabletop and service is impeccably presented coupled with sincere care and passion.
Book a power lunch or dinner, go for a special date or gathering. Bring anyone who is a foodie, or that you deeply care about or need to impress or all of the above.
Newly named Executive Chef Jamie Harling flawlessly executes Chef Rogalski’s fine French classic menu that’s equal parts artful, seasonal, local and flavourful. Food novices and inspired epicureans, alike, order the acclaimed 6-course Chef’s Tasting Menu. It begins with Cold Smoked Coho Salmon, Duck Confit Arancinia, and proceeds to the Bourbon Cured Foie Torchon and Rouge “Porchetta” (Pork Belly Stuffed with Tenderloin). Order the Wine Pairing ($60CAD/guest) curated and served by congenial Assistant Manager/Sommelier Matt Pinter to accompany the meal. It concludes with the “cheese course” Grilled Cheese, Garden Gazpacho, and White Chocolate Cheesecake for dessert.
Request the Premium Wine Pairing ($100CAD/per guest) to accompany the world-renown Tasting Menu.
Nothing. Everything (food, wine, service, ambience and history) is all worth it.
Rouge is an exquisite and enduring world-class culinary experience for locals and international visitors, alike.