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Review: The Yellow Door Bistro

The Yellow Door Bistro  www.yellowdoorbistro.ca 119 12 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0G8 (403) 206-9585

The Yellow Door Bistro
119 12 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0G8
(403) 206-9585

I recently had the pleasure of dining at Calgary’s Hotel of Fine Arts own, The Yellow Door Bistro. What lies behind that big yellow door? (yes there is actually a yellow door), What lies beyond the yellow door is some of the best crafted locally sourced, MSG free and in some cases refined sugar free and GLUTEN-FREE food I have seen since my induction into the foodie world.

I was quite blessed to be joined by Amber Romaniuk of Amber Approved who frequents the Yellow Door quite often and knows the menu inside and out. She educated me on their efforts to keep their food local, organic and fresh. The farthest they go for produce in the winter is B.C.. The elegantly designed restaurant may seem like a fancy affair but it is a laid back restaurant that has a comfy and warm atmosphere.

The menu which was created by chef Duncan Ly, has something for everyone and for us celiacs they offer gluten-free pasta, pizza crust, and breads. Something that I have missed dearly since my diagnosis, was having warm baguette with soft, fresh butter before my meals at restaurants, and what appeared before my eyes in adorable little pots but Care Bakery baguette, warm and served with fresh butter. Quite frankly they could have botched the whole meal after this and I would have left satisfied but they then delivered a meal so heavenly in taste that left me satisfied and already planning my next visit before I even paid my tab.

Care Bakery, Baguette

Care Bakery, Baguette

My order was as follows:



The Caramelized Sea Scallops, two perfectly seared sea scallops served with crisp and sweet pork belly, a cauliflower tapenade, raisin caper puree, and chilli compressed cucumber. It was the perfect balance of savoury, sweet, and spice mixed with equally balanced textures. At first it sounded a little fancy for my tastes but it is something that as long as it is on the menu I will continue to order it.

Main Course


Braised Alberta Beef Short Rib, my criteria for a excellent short rib was met the minute I could pull the tender meat apart with my fork, sans knife. The short rib was with mushrooms, braised cabbage puree, potato croquette and red wine jus. It was savoury, juicy and filling.



Pear Tarte, it was a warm pear that had been cooked in an in house made caramel sauce and was served with wildflower honey ice cream that was also in house made. It was not overly sweet but just enough to satisfy your sweet tooth (this was made with white sugar though, so if refined sugars are not your thing this would not be for you.)

The Yellow Door bistro, is a inviting place where celiac dreams come true with delicious local gluten-free baked goods, knowledgeable staff who is willing to meet your every need and desire. This is definitely a place that everyone should try at least once.

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