Pigeonhole – enRoute Magazine’s Best New Restaurant for 2015

I haven’t talked about a restaurant in Calgary for a while so let’s do that because Calgary’s food scene has a lot of good stuff happening.  My friend Patricia, from Miss Foodie’s Gourmet Adventures, and I try to get out every once in a while to enjoy a meal.  She’s a great dining companion as she is incredibly knowledgeable about the food we are eating, takes great food photos and surprisingly, we share the same taste in food.

A couple of months ago in September we decided to check out Justin Leboe’s newest restaurant, Pigeonhole, as we both hadn’t tried it yet.  I have long been a fan of Chef Leboe’s other restaurants in town.  I still tell people that Pigeonhole’s next door neighbor, Model Milk, probably has the best bang for your buck in Calgary with their weekly Sunday dinners.  Because of that I was looking forward to our meal.

One of the things to keep in mind about Pigeonhole is that the small plate concept menu is constantly in flux.  They have a few fan favourites that stay on the menu but generally the menu evolves with the season.  Because of that some of the things I am going to show you obviously won’t be on the menu now.

The other thing to keep in mind is this restaurant is not going to be for everyone.  I strongly suggest when going you choose someone who is adventurous with their flavours, likes to get many dishes and doesn’t mind sharing with you.  Patricia and I are like-minded so we had a good experience.

When Patricia and I went to Pigeonhole, voting was underway for enRoute Magazine’s annual best new restaurant.  It was great to actually try Pigeonhole’s food and then get to vote for them.  What was even better was that when I was getting ready to jet off to Montreal two weeks ago I learned that Pigeonhole won the title.  I am very happy for Justin Leboe and his team as they are bringing a unique experience to Calgary with this restaurant.

So here are the photos of our dishes.  The standouts for me were the Tomatoes & Peaches and the Nori Crumpets with Shrimp Butter.  One item is still on the menu, one is not.  That means you can still get that decadent shrimp butter if you were to go to Pigeonhole today.  The only disappointment for us were the Warm Madeleines we had at the end of our meal.  They were a bit heavy in texture and a little too brown around the edges.  And the presentation was a little odd as they were served to us bottoms up.  We still enjoyed them though.

Warm Madeleines.  Even though these were not our favourite we still enjoyed them.

Warm Madeleines. Even though these were not our favourite we still enjoyed them.

So here is the rest of our meal from start to finish.  Also, a very special thank you to the lovely Heather Wighton who always has the best recommendations.

To start, enjoying some wine in one of Pigeonhole's beautifully etched glasses.

To start, enjoying some wine in one of Pigeonhole’s beautifully etched glasses.

A unique and refreshing combination, Tomatoes & Peaches with Mozzarella, Lime Basil and Elderflower.

A unique and refreshing combination, Tomatoes & Peaches with Mozzarella, Lime Basil and Elderflower.

Driview Farms Lamb Tartare with Burnt Onion, Goat's Butter and Spicy Greens, perfectly paired with the house made sourdough.

Driview Farms Lamb Tartare with Burnt Onion, Goat’s Butter and Spicy Greens, perfectly paired with the house made sourdough.

A tangy, creamy dish, Ricotta Dumplings with Tomato, Chili and Crème Fraiche.

A tangy, creamy dish, Ricotta Dumplings with Tomato, Chili and Crème Fraiche.

On this plate is one of the most amazing things ever!  Shrimp Butter.  The Nori Crumpets are the perfect Shrimp Butter delivery devices.  My best advice after our experience is don't stop to take the picture, eat this dish when it comes to your table hot.

On this plate is one of the most amazing things ever! Shrimp Butter. The Nori Crumpets are the perfect Shrimp Butter delivery devices. My best advice after our experience is don’t stop to take the picture, eat this dish when it comes to your table hot.

We ordered the BC Pine Mushrooms after we were done with the original four plates.  The shaved mushrooms were so tasty atop the Softly Scrambled Eggs and toasted Sourdough.

We ordered the BC Pine Mushrooms after we were done with the original four plates. The shaved mushrooms were so tasty atop the Softly Scrambled Eggs and toasted Sourdough.

Congratulations to Pigeonhole on their well-earned enRoute Magazine Best New Restaurant for 2015 win.  I am looking forward to many more eating adventures in the years to come.

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2 thoughts on “Pigeonhole – enRoute Magazine’s Best New Restaurant for 2015

  1. I love the plates they use. And the unpretentious plating. Those ricotta dumplings look amazing! I’ll have to see who else was on the en Route list in case there was anyone around these parts.

    • I love those plates too Tiffany. The dumplings were very tasty, I would definitely order them again. I’m sure there would be a restaurant from Toronto but I don’t know if there’s anything in the Niagara region.

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