Mix n’ Match

From old world to new school, there’s something for everyone’s palate and pocketbook in Calgary

Dapper Drinks

While many locals lamented the closing of the popular country-music spot Bar Named Sue, many more are discovering its replacement — a classic cocktail bar by the name of Milk Tiger  is a hard secret to keep.

Milk Tiger Lounge
Milk Tiger Lounge
The drink menu is an education in what cocktails should be while the beer and wine are handpicked to offer a decent selection of alternatives to the hard stuff. If you’re serious about drinking, try the Kentucky Colonel ($9.29).

The updated food menu is small and concise with appetizers (goat cheese filled dates wrapped in bacon, $10; Chinese steak tartare on cucumber, $8), a variety of cheeses (cheese platter, $17) and a few mains (bone marrow or eggplant and gouda taquitos, $12 each). The menu also has vegetarian options and is entirely gluten free. (1, 1410 4 St. S.W., 403-261-5009, milktigerlounge.com) — Selina Renfrow

Rotis, Spice and Everything Nice

Quick Indian is on the menu at Tiffin Curry and Roti House with three different meat and vegetable curries served hot and ready-to-eat daily. Just choose one of the combo meals that range in size and price from $7.95 to $12.95 and enjoy.Their delicious butter chicken and chutneys are available every day or check out the website to see the weekly schedule of choices.

On the menu you’ll also find appetizers like Mogo (fried cassava $5.95) and masala fries ($6) and entrees such as shish kebab ($11) and choma chicken ($13). Eat in and enjoy the Bollywood films on the TVs or purchase a stainless steel tiffin to get 10 per cent off take-out orders. (188 28 St. S.E., 403-273-2420, tiffincurry.com)  — Anthony Charron

Old World Italian Flair

“Tell Guido to make me something special.” That’s a phrase Calgarians in the know use when requesting an off-menu meal at Da Guido Ristorante. The cozy Italian eatery located on Centre Street N.W. was started by chef Guido Panara in 1984 and receives more than a few of its orders in this manner. If you don’t like surprises, don’t worry; Da Guido has dozens of choices on its rather large menu.

Warm your senses and brush up on your Italian pronunciation with some delicious appetizers. The prosciutto e melone (cured parma prosciutto and melon, $12) or the lumache alla Romana (escargot in wine with garlic, tomato, spices and rice, $12) are great places to start. For entrees, try the involtini marinara (veal scaloppini rolled with scampi and mushrooms in a light cream sauce, $25) or the sella di agnello al forno (rack of lamb baked in wine, garlic and fresh rosemary, $35). (2001 Centre St. N.W., 403-276-1365, daguido.ca) — Sean Young

Roll with It

Sushi Motto is the renovated and reinvented Oishii Village situated off 14th St. S.W. Expect enthusiastic greetings by the chefs and servers when you walk through the door. The only downside here is that sashimi isn’t available by the single piece — you can only order them in combos. Robata items, charcoal-grilled eats, are available including grilled salmon cheek ($6.95) and chicken skewers ($5.95).

The restaurant also does classic lunch bento boxes ($10.95 to $13.95). Its mango California roll ($7.95/eight pieces) uses fresh mango and some not-so-common special rolls include the New Mexico roll (lettuce, cucumber, avocado, tuna, orange, masago and salsa, $9.95) and Cobra roll (barbecue salmon skin, unagi, masago, cucumber and unagi sauce, $10.95). It also has a selection of udon, teriyaki and donburi rice dishes. Nigiri is priced by starter class (spicy tuna, red snapper and salmon, $1.85 each), advanced class (toro, spicy scallop, $2.50) and premium class (real crab, yellow tail, $2.95). (1604 14 St. S.W., 403-229-2881, sushimotto.com)  —Lynda Sea