Chef Mike Pigot (Craft, La Mano, Pigot’s Burger Club) and business partner James Martin launched a hot new spot in Victoria Park in January. An homage to their moms, Pat & Betty’s menu rounds up European-inspired food with a Canadian touch and elevates it to a collection of dishes dedicated to indulgence, flavour and the comfortable feeling of home. A creative cocktail menu and robust wine list accompany the menu and support a lounge vibe to the dining room which took over the former Habitat nightclub space.
We learned how good a green salad can be by starting with P&B’s greens. The butter lettuce, mixed greens and green goddess dressing make a delicious beginning to your meal, but the real star of this dish is the chewy, buttery, garlicky brioche crouton, which we’re still thinking about weeks later.
We loved the mussels, and gorged on the bone-in pork chop, which is brined for 48 hours and served with caramelized honey butter, roasted pear and zippy pickled chilies. The three-ounce Marty cocktail blends Four Roses bourbon, Aperol and sweet vermouth for a surprisingly smooth and delicious sipper enjoyed over a leisurely dinner served by warm and knowledgeable staff who are enthusiastic to the point of being effusive about the food. We finished with the P&B carrot cake and had lots to take home with us to enjoy later.
Pat & Betty | 1217 1st St. S.W. | 403.453.7690 | patandbetty.com