Big Fish Seafood Restaurant – Calgary

A friend suggested the Calgary restaurant Big Fish Seafood Restaurant and Oysters. Situated on Edmonton trail at the edge of Renfrew community  in the central Northeastern part of the city.  A minuscule lot behind the building as well as street parking is available to patrons.  The website states Big was Calgary’s unpretentious destination for seafood and I have to concur.  I took the opportunity after finishing my annual qualification exams to head there with a friend.  I am a big fan of seafood and I have to say I was enamoured with this place.  We were fit in right away but I would highly suggest booking a table if you are looking for a weekend dinner.  The joint was brimming with guests; few were under legal drinking age despite high chairs being available.  The interior was decorated in muted tones which and dim lighting which made for a lovely atmosphere.  The noise in the restaurant was low, I hate nothing more than trying to hold a conversation over a sumptuous meal and being able to hear nothing more than the din of diners.  The food was moderately priced our peel and eat shrimp bucket was brimming with succulent shellfish for only $12. Mains were $22-32.  I found the shrimp to be very flavourful and pleasantly juicy, a great way to start the meal.  My main was a pistachio crusted arctic char with sun-dried olive truffle butter served on a bed of wild mushroom sage mashed.  It was mouth-watering and delicious.  To cap off my wonderful meal we shared the pecan pie.  I really enjoyed the food and will be heading back hopefully sooner rather than later.  The only downside was one the menu itself warned us of was the time it took to get our meals after ordering.  According to the menu Big Fish has a “Barbie sized” kitchen and asks for patience during busy times.  I thought the forewarning was brilliant; I just wouldn’t plan another event soon after dinner just in case.