Restaurant Review: John Gilchrist returns to Wellington's
Classic fine dining steakhouse, open since 1979, maintains its high standards
Restaurant reviewer John Gilchrist returned to an old favourite of his this week, Wellington’s of Calgary, a classic steakhouse on Bonaventure Drive S.E.
It's had the same owners since 1979 but always stays up to date, according to Gilchrist.
"It’s classic, old school, but I don’t find it either intimidating or boring," he said.
The business divided into three sections — steakhouse, lounge and the more casual Oscar’s Restaurant.
The fine dining steakhouse menu features culinary classics such as chateaubriand, seafood Newburg and fresh oysters.
And they do them very well, Gilchrist said.
Steaks start at about $30 and go up from there.
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The Beef Wellington — tenderloin coated with foie gras and mushroom duxelles, wrapped in pastry — is worth every penny at $35, Gilchrist said.
Diners can see their meat being prepared on the grill, which protrudes into the dining room in a Plexiglas booth.
"After 34 years they’ve got that grill seasoned just right and they know what they’re doing," he said.
Wellington’s also has excellent seafood options, including Sole Meunière and a beautifully presented shrimp cocktail, Gilchrist said.
Caesar salads are prepared tableside, with each waiter offering a unique take on the classic.
"The Caesar we had was maybe one of the best of my life," Gilchrist said.
Gilchrist gave Wellington’s a score of 9 out of 10.
Wellington's of Calgary is at 10325 Bonaventure Drive S.E., just north of Willow Park Village.