YP Choice: Blink Restaurant

Blink Restaurant expertly brings casual elegance to Calgary’s food scene. Located on historic Stephen Avenue (111 – 8th Avenue), they offer Calgarians a dining experience that is both delicious and environmentally conscious.

Chef and part owner Andrew Richardson strives to bring inventive Canadian cuisine and warm hospitality to Calgary diners. And as a supporter of the Slow Food Movement, the ever-evolving menu (it changes with the seasons) is focused on simplicity and ingredients from local producers and growers. That said, the dishes are full of flavour and will have you savouring every bite.

Built as a saddlery in the 19th century, Blink’s beautifully rustic building is centrally located within the core. And with its exposed brick wall, open concept kitchen, and newly renovated modern interior, the relaxed contemporary fine dining atmosphere is an ideal spot for Calgary YPs.

Their amazing food and extensive wine menu have enticed many of Calgary’s foodies and corporate crowd, and you will often see an elegant mix of the two dining on fresh dishes during lunch.

Dinner is equally fantastic and is a perfect spot to unwind with friends after a busy week in the office. The open concept dining room ensures that no matter what size of party (within reason) they can accommodate your group. Whether it is an intimate dinner for two or a night out with friends.

One added bonus: the last Sunday of every month Andrew hosts a cooking class right in the Blink kitchen. With a limit of 12 people, it fills up fast. Who doesn’t want to learn step-by-step how to prepare a selection of dishes right from the Blink menu? Andrew also teaches you how to shop to ensure your pantry is always stocked with high quality local ingredients. After the class you get to reward yourself: the group dines on the meal along with wine pairings chosen by the restaurant’s director, Leslie Echino.

If you haven’t been yet, we definitely recommend checking it out. Just make sure you set aside adequate time because we guarantee once there you won’t want to leave.