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Published July 10th 2016
Three levels of foodie bliss
This is no ordinary grocery store. Located in downtown Calgary, Sunterra Market is three levels of pure gourmet bliss. The handsome red brick Bankers Hall is your destination for everything food related.
With humble beginnings as a family farm breeding hogs, Sunterra Market has grown to include a gourmet European style shopping experience, cooking school and cafeteria.
Sunterra Market focuses on fresh, affordable and wholesome food. Tantalise your taste buds with rich and creamy cheeses from Alberta Cheese, authentic Italian meats from Soleterra D'Italia and free range, naturally fed Carmen Creek bison. For those with a sweet tooth, Fiasco Gelato offers a range of all natural, dairy free gelato with mouthwatering flavours such as Bourbon Vanilla Bean and Dark Chocolate Caramel Sea Salt. For something special, try the individually wrapped alfajores by Coco Karamel. These melt in your mouth Argentinian cookies are soft and dense with a creamy filling.
COMMUNITYtable is Sunterra Market's cooking school. Located on the second floor, a variety are classes are offered from the Social Kitchen where guests have the opportunity to create culinary masterpieces, before enjoying a delicious buffet meal; the Kid's Kitchen, an interactive class designed for children aged between five and 12; and the Perfectly Paired class, where guests are invited to sample wines and snacks, while learning about aroma, body and taste.
Open from 6.30am until 10pm, MARKETbar is located on level three. This casual, relaxed environment is ideal for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Breakfast offers your typical range of wraps, eggs and bagels, although the menu is limited on gluten free and egg-free options. A yogurt parfait and a banana came to under $5.
The comprehensive lunch and dinner menu is impressive and includes pizza, pasta, Guinness bison burgers, butter chicken and salmon steaks. For a lighter option consider the ready-made sandwiches, salads or soups. The soup varies daily and may include cream of mushroom, cream of broccoli or Moroccan chicken. The soup was a meal in itself and cost $4.10.
One of the Menu Boards
The chicken Quesadilla was tasty. The serving size was large and it only cost $9.
Other delicious looking menu options included the berry and goat cheese spinach salad and the Thai chicken thin crust pizza, topped with roasted chicken, Thai peanut sauce, carrots, yellow capsicum, cilantro and mozzarella.
Save room for dessert though! Dessert crepes can be ordered from the menu or check out the sweets cabinet. The sweets cabinet was bursting at the seams with chocolate éclairs, tiramisu, crème brulee and three varieties of baked cheesecake. The turtle cheesecake was rich and creamy, with a thick biscuit base, drizzled with chocolate and smashed almonds. Delicious!