Yesterday I was invited to the preview night for a new restaurant opening in town today. I knew it was going to be good since it’s owned by the same people who own Westlake Grill at Heritage Ranch. For anyone who’s been reading for awhile, you’ll know that is hands down, my favourite place in the entire city. I rolled out of Roosters feeling incredibly full and excited for the new addition to Red Deer’s food scene. I warn you the following post will be picture heavy. I do not accept responsibility for any hunger that results from reading.
As I walked in, I was greeted by a rep from Seven Stones Winery out of BC. Glass in hand, I mixed and mingled and learned more about what the new restaurant’s concept was going to be and sampling various pizza’s and flatbreads.
I love the versatility of a flatbread and Rooster’s has prepared some really interesting combinations to bring a unique fire roasted flatbread selection. I sampled the Fig & Lamb with Saskatoon mint gastrique, thinly sliced lamb, caramelised onions, and fig, the Drunk Duck with duck breast, feta and sour cherry whiskey sauce as well as the Meat Eaters pizza and Tomato, Basil and Goat Cheese pizza. I couldn’t choose a favourite. I need to go back for the Butter Poach Lobster flatbread. Doesn’t that sound to die for?
Next up was some smoked oysters and duck wings with sour cherry glaze. I’m really sad that I didn’t get a chance to try the duck wings because they were drool-worthy and came out on fire. (You’ll quickly realize that smoke & fire is a bit of a theme for this place.)
I did, however, try my very first smoked oyster. These giant east coast beach oysters are served under a smoking glass and smothered with a cheese and garlic sauce. I’m not convinced oysters are quite my thing, but the presentation alone was cool enough to try once.
By this point, I was already more than full but it was nearly time for entrees. Our table started with the baked goat cheese & fresh bread before moving onto the main course. I had no idea what I wanted (that’s not true, I wanted everything). I chose the first thing that caught my eye which was a sour cherry & pomegranate lacquered chicken which was wood-fired and roasted to perfection, served with potatoes and fresh farm carrots. Their chicken dinners can be shared for two people or made single serving, but I’m pretty sure mine was meant for two because it was huge and there was no way I could even come close to finishing more than a few bites.
I was a little disappointed that my table mates and I didn’t have a better strategy to share a few dishes amongst ourselves because there were many things that I wanted to taste still. Which just means I’ll be going back until I’ve satisfied myself with all of the menu options. I’m especially excited to return for lunch one day to check out the burger bar. I do believe it’s going to be the best ‘fast food’ you can find in Red Deer, being said to have you in and out in 30 minutes.
Take that A&W! I’d rather have my burger made my way, knowing exactly where my ingredients come from without the use of any labels or crafty marketing campaigns. What I love about Roosters is their commitment to using locally sourced ingredients and making an effort to bring the best quality of food to Red Deer. For those of you on the #BoycottEarls train, this is your place to go for Canadian beef, chicken from just down the highway in Bowden, and locally grown, seasonal produce. The menu prices are higher than average but it is justified in the presentation and quality of the food that arrives at your table.
And they have pie!
As if I wasn’t stuffed enough, it’s hard to turn down dessert. I tasted both the apple whiskey and strawberry rhubarb pie and they were to die for. I loved knowing that the rhubarb was grown right from the chef’s families garden.
And by this point, I needed to be rolled out of the restaurant to pick Liam up from his play date.
The restaurant opens to the public today and will be serving family style brunch for Mother’s Day this weekend. I highly recommend booking a table for the mom in your life. This would also make a great date location, with many shareable menu options and a great beer and wine selection. Or maybe you just don’t feel like cooking and need somewhere new to try. Whatever the reason, Roosters is the place to go and I promise you won’t leave hungry or disappointed.