Velvet looks fabulous, sits inside the Lougheed Block (it`s part of the Grand Theatre), and is a member of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Resort family, which includes Cilantro, Divino, and The Ranche. Its textured brick walls, slick lighting and original artwork (including a gigantic chandelier made out of broken wine bottles) make it a chic dining destination.
But strangely, the night I visited, Velvet was completely devoid of patrons. Where was everyone? Puzzled, my friend and I nevertheless enjoyed being the sole focus of the entertaining wait staff.
Our bruschetta starter was far from being a tired salsa-and-bread-routine. The trio of grilled peppers, a mushroom and parmesan combo, plus yellow and red tomatoes paired with fresh basil, was incredibly flavourful.
The entrees were strong, but not stunning. My seared scallops were tender and tasty, but the risotto was a tad bland. My friend ordered the New York striploin (accompanied by yummy chimichurri sauce) and homemade potato chips. She declared it the best steak she`d had in some time.
Our pineapple tart dessert delivered a sucker punch. BAM! Suddenly, we could only speak in Batman-inspired onomatopoeia. POW! We busted out jazz hands in between bites. BIFF! My dining partner actually got up and danced around the table. Oh, it was that good.
With Velvet’s fabulously urban ambiance and delicious, easy-to-share food, we deemed it the perfect date destination. Just go easy the jazz hands in mixed company.