Last April, Chef Kenny Kaechele, formerly of The Workshop Kitchen & Culture, launched his latest culinary vision, Kama, a Mediterranean- inspired 100-seat restaurant in the heart of The District at Beltline. Chef Kaechele’s culinary experience is sufficiently on display here with well-balanced, texturally-pleasing, bold-flavoured shareable plates. We tried the Crispy Pork Belly with roasted peanuts and sweet piquillo honey gastrique, Mussels in a white wine harissa sauce, Lamb Shoulder Pappardelle (which we will be dreaming about for weeks) and a Lemon Sumac Semi Freddo. We suspect the menu, bound to change often, will rarely disappoint.

The design of the space is also worth attention. Designed by Amanda Hamilton Interior Design, the restaurant is arguably one of the most attractive in town. Rich, warm, elegant yet relaxed, this is a room that lends itself to a kind of rustic sophistication. We could have lingered here all night.

Kama | 211 11th Ave. S.W. | 403.266.7062 | kamacalgary.com