Raw Bar at Hotel Arts, Calgary - Lauren's Lighthouse

Raw Bar: YYC’s Vietmodern Fine Dine Favourite

November 7, 2018laurenslighthouse

Last updated on June 29th, 2023

October 30th marked three years since Jason’s and my first (official) date, and what better way to celebrate than dine at one of our favourite restaurants in town?

Raw Bar offers some of the best Asian fusion cuisine in the city, featuring fan-favourite classics with a modern twist. For some, this might be the closest thing they’ll taste to contemporary authenticity in our city, apart from the comforts of mom and dad’s home cooking. For others, it could be a phenomenal upgrade of their pan-Asian palate. I’ve been here for three different occasions, all of which offered different menus, and my taste buds were always amazed.

The restaurant is situated in Hotel Arts with access to the poolside in the summer months. It has a beautifully sophisticated atmosphere, with a vibrant ocean’s blue decor and mirrors all around. It’s perfect for every occasion, whether personal or for business, and the cocktail menu is seriously top notch.

Jason’s and my third year anniversary dinner was amazing, start to finish. The server offered us complimentary Prosecco for our celebration, and told us that they just launched their new winter menu.

My plan was to go for the Chef’s Choice, a three-course special of some of their finest dishes, and I gladly asked for that order once our server shed more light on the mystery dishes. After Jason said his order, she let us know that everything would come all at once, and so we were able to enjoy all our food together and not simply individually.

The Chef’s Choice came with a cod doused in a curry sauce with a bowl of coconut rice on the side, Vietnamese pork spring rolls, and an ahi tuna poke. Jason started with the Peking salad duck rolls and had the Thai curry noodle bowl with beef and prawns as his main (I couldn’t get enough of this bowl, it was delicious!). We ended our dinner with three beautifully laid out Korean cinnamon pecan hotcakes, each with different interior flavours and different ice creams/sorbet to top. This was an incredibly unique dessert and I wish we grabbed another!

I’ll let the photos speak for themselves, but to say the least, my eyes, taste buds and stomach were fully satisfied at the end of this meal, and I will DEFINITELY be back for a forth, fifth, twentieth time.

I want to thank Hotel Arts and Raw Bar for treating us so well, and in an effort to share my love for this Vietmodern restaurant with you lovely people, I’ve teamed up with them to offer a $100 gift certificate giveaway to Raw Bar! Head over to my Instagram post for the instructions on how to win. The giveaway closes next week, on November 13th at 11:59 pm! Good luck, fellow foodies!

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