Ten Foot Henry is a popular eatery in the busy Beltline that is focused primarily on casual family-style dining, with a focus on vegetables in the menu.
I went to Ten Foot Henry for a late lunch with a new friend, Amanda, whom I met at Her Modern Canvas‘ Celebrating Connections event. Amanda is the owner of JOIE DE CRISTAUX, a company on a mission to inspire joy by crystals!
Since she and I both work at downtown, we decided to meet up and try this new restaurant I’ve not been to yet. The restaurant has a small café adjoined to the restaurant for quick bites and coffee. Ten Foot Henry itself is very pretty, which a huge space and lovely decor.
We ordered 3 veggie dishes for the two of us: the pan-roasted gai lan, the tempura green beans and the roasted potatoes.
The gai lan was tender, but had a sauce which was overly salty. I think some rice would’ve balanced the saltiness. 😉 The tempura green beans were fried crisply and had a nice crunch. The fried potatoes were also crispy, and the green goddess’ creaminess matched well with its crispiness.
For dessert we had the coconut cake and the raw chocolate truffles, which I loved!! I now have to try and recreate that at home. 🙂
The restaurant has an open-kitchen concept, which is really cool if you want to see the chefs in action! There are a lot of seats & tables so it won’t be a long wait for you to get seated—unless it’s happy hour or the weekend. The ambience is relaxed and chill—perfect for social meets.
At the end of your meal and are ready to pay, you are given a postcard along with the bill! I love this little quirky thing that they do!
Ten Foot Henry is a great restaurant but it’s not my style of eatery. As a vegan/vegetarian, I get a bit weird when pooling (and paying for) plates together especially since it’s focused on family-style dining. But, Amanda was kind enough to eat all veggie plates. 🙂
That said, if you want good food in a relaxed restaurant, Ten Foot Henry is a go-to.
Recommended? Yes to try.
COST: Moderate-Pricey. For each small plate, expect to pay $9 – $14. Meat dishes are more expensive, at around $14 – $24 per plate. Couple this with the fact that it’s recommended to order 3-4 dishes for two people, it can add up.
TASTE: Good. The vegetable plates we got—the gai lan, green beans and potatoes—were good! The gai lan was actually quite salty. The tempura green beans were crispy. But my favourite were the potatoes, which were crispy, seasoned-well and creamy!
ACCESSIBILITY: Easy. Ten Foot Henry is located in the Beltline, so it’s very accessible. From 1st Street station, it’s ~10 minutes by foot. There is also limited parking curbside.
ATMOSPHERE: Very nice. The restaurant is really aesthetically-pleasing, and the ambience is very relaxed—a great place for social drinks! It’s big with a lot of tables & seating, and the open kitchen in the back is awesome. You can even sit kitchen-side to watch the chefs do their thing.
SERVICE: 8/10. Service is awesome, and our server was very very friendly & tended to our needs promptly. 🙂
Ten Foot Henry
Address: 1209 1st Street SW, Calgary AB
Phone: (403) 475 – 5537
- Monday: 11AM – 11PM
- Tuesday: 11AM – 11PM
- Wednesday: 11AM – 11PM
- Thursday: 11AM – 11PM
- Friday: 11AM – 11PM
- Saturday: 11AM – 11PM
- Sunday: 11AM – 11PM
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