Renovated, re-branded and reopened, the new Rush Ocean Prime offers a newer, bolder and sexier dining destination. Upon arrival, a chic and modern lounge area greets you with a beautiful bar. Every Tuesday to Friday they host a great electro-jazz group from 5PM – 8PM. The Rush Lounge is a hip spot for a post work cocktail and bite. It’s also a great venue to check out the game, especially when it calls for something nicer than your standard pub.
The open concept dining room has a chic and modern feel without being too overbearing. The main dining room offers a variety of seating options from cozy booth to larger banquet seating for large functions.
On to the food, one word – tremendous!
Having enjoyed Rush Ocean Prime with a group, we decided on a selection of appies to start off our evening, almost creating a tapas experience for ourselves. What a great selection of meat, seafood and sushi; something for everyone. We raved about the sushi, beef carpaccio, wagyu beef tartare and the ahi tuna poke. And of course the grilled bacon – ummm grilled bacon? ‘Nuff said. If you’re looking for a lighter meal or more of a snack, you could very easily make a great meal out of selections from the appie menu.
Where to begin with mains, with an incredible selection of seafood and meats, along with enhancement options, you’ll definitely have a hard time deciding. It’s like a choose-your-own-adventure –to-deliciousness quest. I went with the Ahi Tuna with quinoa and swiss chard and was not disappointed. Being a big guy with an even bigger love of food, the option to choose a larger portion size was a welcomed treat. The tuna was seared to perfection and the quinoa and Swiss chard, a perfect light accompaniment. Each plate that arrived to our table had a beautiful presentation and was very well received. Everyone was raving about their dish and no one was disappointed with their selection or experienced any buyer’s remorse.
One other item to check off your list before heading home is to take a quick tour of the glass wine cellar. Truly a sight for the wine affectionado!
With its classy chic setting, great friendly and attentive (but not in your face) service, fantastic menu and incredible food, Rush Ocean Prime is absolutely a must try in the downtown Calgary dining scene.