Wurst X Big Taste 2016

I love Big Taste for one particular reason – being able to try out new restaurants at great value. Wurst is not “new” per se, but I always hear its name popping up every now and then in relation to its oysters. Somehow I had never made my way there despite its close proximity to where I live. Do you know that every Tuesday they offer $1 oysters all day long? #OystersForLife! But today we’re not there for the oysters (let’s save that for another time). Today, we’re tasting the Big Taste lunch menu!

Wurst, Calgary, Canada

This German-inspired, Bavaria-themed restaurant is not your typical bar. The upper floor exuded a somewhat upscale rustic feel with wooden furnishing, cushioned bar stools, and a huge tree in the center adorned with warm string lights. The Raw Bar over on the right is an action station where a selection of fresh east and west coast oysters are prepared. At the back, the semi-private lounge area can accommodate large parties up to 34 guests. Downstairs is the beer hall where comfort food and a wide selection of European beer are served.

Wurst, Calgary, Canada

Wurst, Calgary, Canada

Wurst, Calgary, Canada

$25 Prix Fixe Lunch

The set lunch came in 3 courses, each without any other options. That made our decision making process extremely easy ?

The bowl of roasted red pepper & tomato soup was a comforting starter to our meal. So thick and creamy – it’s just heavenly. The soup itself was smokey from the roasted peppers, a bit creamy from the gin cream, sharp and acidic from the tomatoes. It was literally perfect. If there were croutons, it would have been even more wonderful!

Tomato soup from Wurst, Calgary, Canada

roasted red pepper & tomato soup

I swear Wurst’s smoked maple glazed pork belly was by far the most delicious I’ve ever had. There were 3 strips of them on the plate – THREE juicy layers of thick fat. You might wonder how anyone could ever finish that in one setting. Trust me, after a bite of that unbelievably smokey, sweet, tender ever-sinful pork belly, you would want to hog all to yourself. Served alongside were the pork hock croquettes, of which the crispy, crunchy exteriors gave way to soft, melty potato-meat insides. Dipping into the light sauerkraut sauce would make the croquettes a little more moist and accentuate the flavors. Charred broccolini provided a refreshing balance to the rich bites.

Smoked maple glazed pork belly from Wurst, Calgary, Canada

smoked maple glazed pork belly

Soooo much meat that I was full and satisfied by the time I finished the main course. For closing, I appreciated Wurst dished out the perfect dessert that would surely cleanse my palate – the pear belle helene. Vanilla bean ice cream at the bottom, sliced poached pear on top, a drizzle of chocolate ganache, and a sprinkle of almond – voilà! This refreshing dessert captured the fruity goodness of pear and richness of chocolate. It was elegant, decadent and out-of-this-world delicious!

Pear belle helene from Wurst, Calgary, Canada

pear belle helene

Conclusion

Need I say more? The food at Wurst way exceeded my expectation. Every course was a pleasant surprise for the taste buds. What are still you waiting for? Go and get your mind blown at Wurst before it’s too late!

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