Bennys Breakfast Bar – Calgary, Alberta

I went to visit my sister branch the other day and drove by Bennys Breakfast Bar and I was so excited to try this place! This place is packed and very retro looking inside which I absolutely adore!

I ordered one of their Eggs Benedict and it was amazing! I picked the Monte Cristo which is a bennys on a brioche french toast with turkey, ham and Swiss cheese! It was a familiar bennys but it was a great new twist on the traditional!

I also love perogies so I ordered their Montreal Smoked Meat Hash and added perogies! What an amazing breakfast bowl! It was very filling as it was full of everything – but all things amazing!

This has become a little place that I tell people to try when they’re in the area! I’m really glad I stumbled upon it. I am also glad it’s not my office that’s here otherwise I would be ordering from here way too often!

Bennys Breakfast Bar

7007 11 St SE,
Calgary, AB
403-252-3443

Tin Tin Dim Sum – Calgary, Alberta

We went to Chinook Centre and went to one of my favourite little store when we stumbled by Tin Tin Dim Sum and it was packed!! We decided we were doing absolutely nothing so we’d join in the fun!

We were not that hungry to be honest but wanted to try LOTS of things… so, we ate lots! I found on the menu what they called Egg White Bunnies and I had no idea what that was so we ordered some. It’s like marshmallow meringue that’s super light and not sweet at all. It was weird using my chopsticks and ripping the bunnys head off, but it’s all good.

I also decided to have an order of their Black Peppered Short Ribs as I recently made some Korean short ribs and enjoyed them so I wanted to just have some. These weren’t as tender but the flavours were absolutely amazing!

I’ve taught myself to make traditional Radish Cake, but I like just just steamed. I’ve never been too successful pan frying my recipe as I don’t like it firm. The recipe here is still soft but it doesn’t fall apart pan fried. There was plenty of radish in the cake so it was delicious.

Something I don’t usually order is Steamed BBQ Pork Buns as buns are very filling I ordered them and ate them all anyway! The inside had a good amount of filling and the texture of the steamed bun was really silky and thin but it doesn’t fall apart at all. There’s still a nice sauce in bun and it was very tasty.

Alright, just when you think it wasn’t enough food, the Pork Shu Mai is always one of my go to dim sum menu items, so I had to get this as well!! The dumplings were pretty big in size and like everything else tasted really good.

Just when we were about to leave, we got a complimentary order of their Mango Pudding which was super awesome! I actually NEVER order this but it was so much fun because it brought me back to my childhood! What a fun and delicious surprise!!

Overall, I love this place. It’s great as there’s parking here, and then if you over eat you can walk around the mall to help you digest! At first I wondered what they do for the later hours but when I looked again, they had some Western Chinese dishes! Brilliant!

Tin Tin Dim Sum

6455 Macleod Trail SW,
Calgary, AB
403-253-7742

Monki Breakfastclub & Bistro – Calgary, Alberta

I was actually searching for a fun place to go to after I went to an eye exam and got some interesting news and it was about lunch time. I decided to go to the YYC Hot Chocolate Fest to see what I could find and I stumbled upon Monki Bistro and I made a reservation to their Beltline location. We did find street parking right across the street as it was an afternoon that was blowing snow!

I actually did order their feature hot chocolate that they called Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Hot Chocolate and the name is long, the drink was hot, the whipped cream was fresh, the drink was fantastic!! It was a decadent drink that wasn’t too sweet, and the toppings was the perfect amount!

From the eye doctor, I was told to eat more fish, Omega 3’s, and leafy greens. Yes if you know me personally, you know when I stopped listening!! So, I ordered their Salmon Bene with “fruits” that made the plate so beautiful!! The benedict was perfect with smoked salmon with capers ontop of a perfectly toasted muffin. There was a piece of tomato on it and it was as nice pop of freshness. The menu did say there was an option for pink prosecco hollandaise and I purposely didn’t feel like saying anything but it wasn’t offered when they took the order. Beyond that, this was a perfect smoked salmon eggs bene!!

Another of my favourites is Perogies and when I saw it on the menu I ordered it!! The Monki Perogies came on this hot skillet with their hashbrowns and it really was amazing pockets of pillow awesomeness! The sweet chipotle sauce really made it taste like one of my favourite BBQ chips so I enjoyed this dish thoroughly!

Overall I absolutely loved this brunch place! It was a random cold and late afternoon and the place was packed still. It’s cozy and charming, the staff was fantastic and the food was perfect!!

Monki Breakfastclub & Bistro – Beltline

1301 10 Ave SW,
Calgary, AB
(587) 352-7131