After making a big splash on Calgary Instagram feeds toward the back end of 2021 with plenty of droolworthy photos showcasing a selection of its menu items, Pat and Betty officially opened its doors to diners this past weekend.
Located in Calgary’s historic Victoria Park, the new concept from chef Mike Pigot promises to deliver a European-inspired dinette and bar experience featuring contemporary interpretations of classic Canadian cuisine, through what its website describes as “unapologetically indulgent food, vivid wines, and big-hearted service.”
The website goes on to explain that the restaurant concept, as well as the name itself, was inspired by the passionate culinary legacy of influential women in the lives of chef Pigot and co-owner James Martin, beginning with their mothers, Pat and Betty, respectively.
As for specific menu offerings, chef Pigot—along with sous chef and recent Top Chef Canada competitor Elycia Ross—are serving up a satiating selection of truly indulgent offerings that range from starters like roasted eggplant dip with fried capers and sea salt potato chips, caviar toast, and seared foie gras with fresh baked sourdough from Calgary’s East End Bread to entrees such as 48-hour-brined bone-in pork chops and Kuterra salmon with sundried tomato, caramelized fennel, and crab and ricotta arancini, to fresh pasta from First Street Market’s La Mano, and much more.
In terms of libations, guests can expect an assortment of Canadian-made craft beer on draft and by the bottle, creative house cocktails, and a robust wine list featuring a great blend of old and new world varietals.