It was date night. This was a long time planned affair wherein my husband and I treated ourselves to a fine dining experience of Latin cuisine, which we frankly had no idea of. I was merely excited to the idea of going out, be pampered and lulled into a classy environment, gastronomic ecstasy and impeccable service. The Blue House definitely accomplished all of these expectations.

I was surprised when we arrived at The Blue House. Its exterior was so unassuming that my husband and I almost missed it. I thought it was some shop while my husband thought it was a liquor store. The restaurant’s exterior blended to its nearby buildings it almost looked like an extension to a small commercial compound. Bottom line, you wouldn’t think of it as a restaurant. But that is a negligible factor. Who cares about the exterior when the inside transports you into a completely different realm of shiny wooden floors, candlelit corners, a well-stocked bar area, live acoustic music, dim lights, and food that is of top-notch caliber.

The Blue House Restaurant

The Blue House Restuarant
Photo Credit: Mercedes Cruz

The Blue House Restaurant Bar

The Blue House Restaurant Bar
Photo Credit: Mercedes Cruz

It was still bright outside when we arrived for our dinner reservation since it is Spring in Canada. The place is quite small compared to similar restaurants of its caliber, but it has a smart floor layout, wherein the area facing the bar takes in most of the light from the outside, while the other side is cocooned and shadowed by a division, creating this darker space of dim lights, candlelit tables, and a hypnotizing fireplace. This dimmer area is perfectly suited for people, who wants to feel the romantic or nightlife atmosphere despite the very late sunset.

The Blue House Ambiance

The Blue House Ambiance
Photo Credit: Erwin Cruz

Some people might find the tables too close for comfort. You’d hear the conversation from the other table. But you’d hardly pay attention to nearby gossip because of the live performances by live Flamenco guitarist singing Spanish and Latin songs. When I asked the server the schedule of live performances, she said a live guitarist is always on during Friday at around 6:30 or 7 in the evening. To fully enjoy Blue House, take note of their live performances.

And might I say something of the impeccable service? We felt truly spoiled when we were always attended too despite the place filling up with people. I observed the servers move with efficiency from table to table, always with a smile on their faces.

As for our meals, might I say this got to be a date wherein I probably ate the most amount of the juiciest meat in one sitting. Not because we ordered a lot. On the contrary, my husband and I each ordered a main course, and drinks. We thought of ordering an appetizer but decided against it because we were aware of the Canadian food portions which we haven’t gotten used to yet.

Garlic Herb Bread

Photo Credit: Erwin Cruz

Crusy Herb Bread with Butter. Rustic, crusty with garlic and subtle tangy taste. Perfectly toasted and goes harmoniously well with butter. A perfect starter for the upcoming heavy meal.

Carne Con Camarones

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Carne Con Camarones. Tiger Prawns and Alberta prime rib smothered in a red wine sauce. Served with roasted potatoes and vegetables. I ordered mine medium rare as I was excited to taste how the meat’s natural juices would blend with the sauce.

I – DIED. Then I joined a piece of prawn in my mouth to chew with the meat… I – went – to – HEAVEN. The sauce naturally blends the flavor of meat and seafood into this one God-given ensemble of juices that you won’t stop eating until your plate is empty. This delicious dish is an invitation for gluttony. I wished I had a bigger appetite.

Brazilian Hot Plate

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Brazilian Hot Plate. Garlic Parmesan Sirloin, Cajun Chicken Breast & Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin. Side of Seasonal Vegetables and the Blue House’s Famous Ceviche Sauce. The perfect dish to go for if you are a meat lover.

The Ceviche is a salsa-like style of dip that is often served with tacos or tostados is South American countries. Blue House’s Ceviche Sauce has a very distinctive chili and citric flavor one has to be careful in the amount added to his meal. Nevertheless, this sauce got a two-thumbs up in bringing the Sirloin into a whole new level of premium meaty goodness. The vegetables and rice are a must to have to this meal to balance the power of the sauce and meat. Overall, we feel this dish is very well thought off and we would definitely want to order it again next time. We’ll have to be extra careful with the ceviche sauce though. My husband and I both have low spice tolerance.

Creamy Cheesecake

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Creamy Cheesecake. Creamy white cheesecake topped with savory cherry sauce.

There is one way to winningly cap of a hearty, juicy and sinfully meaty dinner. Order a soft and delectable cheesecake. Don’t be fooled by its size. A small bite sends you into a luscious affair of riding clouds on a sunny day.

I have to add this video bit I took of the performer. His rendition of ‘Guantanamera’ had me and my hubby sing this song over and over again when we went home. Dining in The Blue House Restaurant is definitely something worth recommending.

The Blue House

2, 3843 19 Street NW
Calgary
Alberta T2L 2B3
Website: bluehousecafe.ca