Vin Room is a place I wish I visited more before we moved. It’s got great small plates, amazing wines (and wine experts), a beautiful space and the city’s best rooftop patio. (Best patio still belongs to Bonterra.)

I have to apologize for these meh photos as my blogging commitment took a back seat to savouring my last few meals in Calgary and the company I was with. So you will have to take my word for it that the food is fantastic.

Now be forewarned they are all small plates, designed to share pops of flavour while enjoying a glass of wine or two. Don’t expect to get stuffed and roll outta there. Satisfied, and a little drunk maybe.

Much has been written about Vin Room’s Enomatic wine system that basically allows them to preserve opened wine for several weeks. There are more than 60 wines on rotation. This means you could try a really expensive wine without having to shell out for the whole bottle. A great option for a cheapskate like me.

I’ve been salivating over Vin Room’s eggplant chips ($10) ever since I had them. Thin slices of eggplant are covered in Parmesan and panko crumbs then deep fried. I loved the tangy pomegranate molasses under the chips, and a cool herbed yogurt dip. Love, love, love. I would fly back to Calgary for these.

The other standout was the lamb kabobs ($12) which came with a fenugreek turmeric sauce that I wanted to lick off the plate. Too much of either spice can be bitter, so this was well-balanced.

Two of us shared five plates and a dessert (day’s special of lemon tart). Our bill was about $60 before our two glasses of wine. Not too shabby for a grown-up evening. Another option is a flight and bite ($12) which is one tapa with a 2 oz. glass or the Vin Plate ($40) for the chef’s choice of four tapas.

Vin Room, 2310-4th St. SW, Calgary, (403) 457-5522. Open Monday 4-11 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday 11:30 a.m.-11 a.m., Thursday 11:30 a.m.-midnight, Friday to Saturday 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m., Sunday 4-10 p.m.

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Baby notes – While I’m sure restaurant staff would be gracious, I’d leave baby at home for a nice adult outing.