The other day my dad took part in Facebook’s The Food List Challenge. He has eaten 44 out of the 100 foods and drinks listed. He’d eaten biscuits and gravy and barbecued ribs but not truffles or morel mushrooms. My eight-year-old daughter felt that despite being 47 years his junior, it was “inconceivable!” she’s sampled more foods than her grandfather. My tiny foodie has already had the chance to sample foods like paella, octopus and stuffed zucchini flowers.

She was dead set on rectifying matters, starting with a trip to seafood restaurant Big Fish. Just ordering appetizers my dad scored two more check marks. The frogs’ legs (above, second from top) were delicately breaded and fried, still juicy when you bit into the thigh. These are my daughter’s favourite dish, and I loved watching the staff watch in awe as she polished off a plateful. I preferred the fish tacos (above, third from top), which come garnished with an addictive mango salsa.

Dad scored one more point for the crab cake served with his entrée of blackened New York steak and blue crab cake with red pepper jelly. The steak came exactly to his specifications with a wild rice and black bean pilaf on the side. We also ordered the organic butter chicken and lobster (above, bottom) and the feature fish of the day, pan-seared salmon in a brown butter sage sauce with a potato and wild mushroom hash (above top). The salmon was fork tender and in no way overdone. The sauce and mushrooms were a delicate balance of sweet and earthy.

We ended the meal with the restaurant’s ever-changing trio of sorbet (the night’s flavours were mango, lemon-lime and mango mint). I splurged and also had the fallen chocolate soufflĂ© with raspberry compote, vanilla bean cream and caramel drizzle.

On the way out the door my daughter high-fived her grandfather for inching his food list total towards 50 and he promised to return the favour and introduce her to spaetzle and sauerkraut.

Alana Marchetto

Big Fish
1112 Edmonton Trail N.E.
Calgary, Alberta
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