Meet my new home away from home, Wurst Restaurant and Beer Hall. It’s gorgeous, has great beer and, perhaps best of all, has something called a lamb confit crepe that is destined to become its own food group in my diet.
The Bavarian-inspired spot opened last week, in the old Wildwood space on 24th Ave and 4th St. SW. The interior has been reworked extensively and features massive, beautiful trees between the tables on the main floor, which is the restaurant level, and rows of long wooden tables in the basement, the beer hall level.
Opening night was fantastic. Despite happening on the same night as Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals, the place was packed from start to finish. Drinks were consumed, oysters were slurped and bratwurst was devoured. Here are a few party pics:
From left to right in the shot above, we have my friend Anna and three of my Calgary Herald friends and writers — Gwendolyn Richards, Valerie Berenyi and Lisa Kadane — and yours truly. (Note the navy blazer. I wasn’t kidding around when I said I’d shop for one.)
Two or seven drinks later — it’s hard to keep count when the servers are so on top of handing you another — we ran into Pierre Lamielle, chef and author of the Kitchen Scraps cookbook (which I’ve written about before, here):
And Kevin Kent, founder and owner of Knifewear, the coolest knife boutique in town:
Anyone looking for German-inspired eats or just a cool new drinking spot will appreciate Wurst. I have a feeling that includes lots and lots of YYC people. So, if the beer hall is full, please scooch over and make room for me. If I’m there first, I’ll do the same.