November 27, 2013
Cactus Club Previews New Dishes for 2014
With its expanding empire now comprised of 25 restaurants across Canada, the Cactus Club Cafe hasn't stopped rolling. Next up is number 26 in Saskatoon, soon to be followed by number 27, a two level-design with rooftop patio at First Canadian Place in Toronto (just the first of a number of locations planned for that city). On Tuesday, the restaurant chain confirmed that location 28 will be at 8th Avenue and 4th Street in downtown Calgary.
Naturally with all those new spaces, each with its own regional customer profile, Executive Chef Rob Feenie and his kitchen team have their work cut out for them - constantly introducing new dishes, while retweaking old favourites to keep them fresh. Having a few willing guinea pigs to test each idea is helpful too, thus this week the crew at Cactus Club Coal Harbour invited local media to preview a selection of dishes that have either just debuted on the menu, or have a good chance of doing so.
Below are seven (sample-sized) dishes we tasted, all of them winners, including one of our special favourites - the colourful and refreshing Tuna Sushi Cones. As appealing as the cones are, so far they have been offered at only three Cactus Club Cafe locations.
"As a concept, they do hit all the marks", agrees company president Richard Jaffray. "Their only drawback is that they are very labour intensive to produce. They have to be made fresh for every order and filling the demand for them can be challenging when service gets extra busy. We're getting better at it though!", he laughs.
In the photo above: Albacore Tuna Carpaccio
On a slice of toasted brioche, with fried capers, tarragon and mustard vinaigrette, vache rosse parmesan cheese and a sprinkling of bottarga
Wine match from Sebastien Le Goff, Director of Service and Sommelier: Diebolt-Vallois Brut Rose Champagne (France)