Tuesday, December 11, 2012



The Newport Grill on Lake Bonavista

The dining room really comes alive on Fridays when, Fred “Fingers” Potvin (who has played with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie) tickles the ivories of the restaurant’s black lacquered grand piano.

The focal point black marble fireplace crackling with warmth, and original cast
iron pots neatly stacked as decoration.

The bar at Newport Grill

In the kitchen, Chef plating a dish

Salad niçoise overlooking Lake Bonavista

Salad niçoise

Crisp pheasant with parsnip puree and cherry gastrique


The maraschino cherry crème brûlée

Perched on the iconic Calgary landmark, Lake Bonavista, Newport Grill is the ultimate place to ‘come in for the view, but to stay for the food,’ continuing the tradition of being a truly comforting,memorable experience.

THE FOOD: Lake Bonavista subtly dictates the rhythm of the menu—slow cooked comforting meals in the winter when children skate on the ice, lighter fare in the summer when the ducks splash gently in the water. Everything stays close to the philosophy of using seasonal ingredients, and supporting local farms, witnessed in features like the “Taste of Alberta”, highlighting local elk, beef and game as well as daily chef features for lunch. The family owned restaurant caters to a variety of palates, but always focuses on comforting rustic food. “We are not a cookie cutter restaurant, our kitchen is really lucky in that there are no corporate decisions [regarding the menu],” notes McDonald. The salad niçoise is a modern version of the French classic—a quenelle of olive anchovy tapenade served alongside medium rare tuna slices, spears of new potatoes, crisp green beans and tomatoes with a sharp vinaigrette. Meanwhile the perfectly crisp pheasant with parsnip puree and cherry gastrique is a wholesome entree. Fordessert, an inventive twist on crème brûlée reveals itself through the taste incarnation of bing cherry— muted silken ruby cream is topped with Valrhona chocolate covered maraschino cherries.

For more, visit: 
Newport Grill
747 Lake Bonavista Drive S.E;


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