Sunday, February 19, 2012

Brunch With Us #1: BSide Bistro at the Bears Den, Bearspaw #NWYYC

The first brunch I'd like to introduce you all to is at the Bears Den in Bearspaw, every Sunday from 10am - 2pm.   At $19.99 per adult and $1-per year of your child, this casual 'dim sum style' service is one of the best brunches in town-- NO doubt!

The brunch is hosted in the BSide Bistro.  (The Bears Den is the fine dining portion of the establishment.)  The walls of this windowless den are decorated with huge wooden art, depicting bears and other animals in nature scenes. I cannot even describe to you how beautiful the restaurant is; only that it is simply something you must see for yourself.

Once shown to your seat and your drink/coffee order has been taken, you can begin your eating adventure. Off to the side of the bistro, tables of fruit, cheeses, meats, salads, desserts (OH MY the dessert!) and many other traditional breakfast choices are laid out. You will also find yummy hot foods such as Alberta Beef stews, Shepherd's Pies, Pastas with Marinara sauce etc. Everything you will want to eat will not fit on one plate... you'll be visiting the buffet a few times guaranteed.

I will warn you in advance that I did say they serve it up  'Dim Sum' style, meaning that FRESH, unexpected options may arise! Apparently, the Chef just whips up whatever he fancies that day and you will be offered these goodies in addition to your buffet. Just as you think you've finished, around comes another tasty morsel to persuade your button to pop!

"The dim sum brunch is a popular meal in Chinese restaurants worldwide. It consists of a wide variety of stuffed bao (buns), dumplings,, and other savory or sweet food items which have been steamed, deep-fried, or baked. Customers select small portions from passing carts, as the kitchen continuously produces and sends out more freshly prepared dishes. Dim sum is usually eaten as a mid-morning, midday, or mid-afternoon teatime." Wikipedia, Dim Sum Brunch

This brunch has it all!  A lovely atmosphere that is very much kid-friendly. (On one of our visits, we had 4 very young children and were happily accomodated and equipped with highchairs/boosters... eventhough we may have had a few tearful moments at our table.)  Food options that were normal and par for the brunch course, as well as options that were special and elusive.   Excellent service was enjoyed too!  We quite liked our brunch experience at the BSide Bistro .  (Reservations are highly recommended.)

Where: BSide Bistro ( a part of the Bears Den restaurant), 254028 Bearspaw Road NW Calgary, Alberta, T3L 2P7

When: Sundays, 10am to 2pm

How Much: Adults $19.99 Children $1/per year of age

Contact: Main Reservation - (403) 241-7611



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