Reviews

Wine Access
Canada’s Next Culinary Hotspot

Excerpt: Saskatchewan has become one of Canada’s booming provinces, and it’s not all about potash production. Since the middle prairie province also produces excellent poultry, grain, fruit, vegetables and honey for the rest of the world, it’s not suprising local foodies are waking up to the bounty in their own backard. Drop by and see what chefs like Rémi Cousyn at Calories Restaurant and Bakery in Saskatoon are creating with local delights such as Saskatoon berries, wild rice, rabbit, cherries and steelhead trout.

Western Living Magazine
Top Foodies Under Forty
Restauranteur of the Year Award

A Good Catch

Excerpt: Guided by SeaChoice, a program run by Sustainable Seafood Canada, A Good Catch explains which are the best, most responsible seafood choices and features them in more than seventy mouth-watering recipes from celebrity chefs across the country. Among the delights are Jamie Kennedy’s Marinated Herring with Warm Apple and Potato Salad, Rémi Cousyn’s Pickerel Tempura with Wasabi-Ginger Tartar Sauce, Bonnie Stern’s Tilapia Piccata with Asparagus, Fédéric Morin’s Clam Rarebit, Chris Aerni’s Naked Lobster with Green Pea Purée, and Robert Clark’s Oyster and Leek Stew.

The Joslin Diabetes Great Chefs Cook Healthy Cookbook

The following two recipes by Rémi Cousyn are included in this exciting new publication;

  • Red Wine–Braised Halibut with Roasted Root Vegetables
  • Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops with Mesclun in Tomato Vinaigrette

Outstanding Merchant 2007

Excerpt: Broadway Business Improvement District is proud to present Calories Restaurant and Bakery with this award in recognition of their continuous support of Broadway Initiatives, effective marketing efforts, recent renovation project, and admirable committment to outstanding customer service. Your contributions to the broadway area are both considerable and greatly appreciated.

Lauriers de la PME 2009
2009 Saskatchewan winner in the category of “Entreprise de Services Commerciaux”

Up Magazine

Excerpt: A love of tradition and food is found inside what has to be one of the best-named restos in the country. The kitchen uses fresh local ingredients year-round.

EnRoute Magazine
Reader’s Choice

Excerpt: What began as a simple café with homemade soups, breads and chutneys has grown with the emergence of young French partners. Bistro dinners are “superbly prepared” and “served unpretentiously in relaxed ‘artsy’ suroundings.”

Airlines Magazine
Calories you can count on – Saskatoon’s French Bistro

Excerpt: Saskatoon’s Calories restaurant is a favorite for special occasions and nights out. This French-style bistro proves there is nothing pretentious about good food.
Staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and clientele know each one by name. Despite its casual and welcoming style, Calories is popular because of the sophistication and French background chef and owner Remi Cousyn brings to the table.

The wine list is a gift to anyone who has ever wanted to taste great wine.

It’s Bistro dining in the middle of the Canadian Prairie that is sure to please.

Western Living Magazine
Applause for a French chef, prairie ingredients and four star service.

Excerpt: This smart yet unpretentious place suprises and delights. Rémi Cousyn, has impressive culinary credentials. Born in Nice, France, he trained under Rodger Vergé at Le Moulin des Mougins and worked in Italy, Switzerland, Montreal and Whistler, B.C. before coming to Saskatoon. In his open kitchen at the back, Cousyn makes the simplest fare sing. Great service, great value.

Western Living Magazine

Excerpt: Chef Remi Cousyn’s simple, colourful handling of fresh fish consistently wins raves from his Calories patrons.

The Saskatoon Sun
Renovated Calories open for business

Excerpt: Good news for those that haven’t heard yet; Calories Restaurant’s renovations have been completed and the popular Broadway dining spot is once again open for business. The new renovations are a win/win situation for customers and staff, with an expanded eating area and a much improved kitchen.

Gazel.ca
Calories Bakery and Restaurant : de la fine cuisine française au cœur des Prairies

Excerpt: Le succès du nouveau look « bistro » de l’établissement est immédiat. Mettant l’accent sur la qualité et le caractère distinctif de ses produits, le restaurant séduit les fins palais et amateurs de haute gastronomie. Selon Rémi, qui, depuis septembre 2000, est l’unique propriétaire du restaurant, le menu a été conçu pour miser sur les « acquis » du restaurant, tels que les desserts, de manière à permettre au restaurant d’innover et d’offrir à sa clientèle des plats qui sortent de l’ordinaire.

Saskatoon District Health – Public Health Services

Excerpt: Congratulations on having a smoke free restaurant. The Medical Health Officer of Saskatoon District Health would like to present you with a Certificate of Merit in recognition of your smoke-free restaurant.

Planet S Magazine
A Recipe for Romance: Valentines Day Should Start with Fine Dining

Excerpt: If you can’t make it to Paris for February 14th, my pick for romance would be Calories, Saskatoon’s casually sophisticated French restaurant. Chef Rémi Cousyn, combines a tastefully subdued atmosphere with inventively prepared, delicious food that along with an excellent wine list will entice you into letting down your guard. There is no better place in all of Saskatoon for this kind of happy ending.

Lonely Planet

Excerpt: Calories has gone from bakery to French bistro, yet maintained its prairie simplicity. The old plank floors and light earth tones compliment the chicken and seafood menu. It’s still a good place for a morning coffee and pastry or for a slice of cake or pie.

Pure Canada
Canada’s Best New Chefs, Accolades for a New Gastronomic Culture

Excerpt: Calories Bakery and Restaurant blossomed from a neighbourhood dessert and cappuccino bar to a notable dining room on the strength of Chef Rémi Cousyn’s classical French mindset. Today, Cousyn, 33, draws an eclectic, savant crowd to the unpretentious, Parisian-style bistro-cum-art-gallery tucked in a Strip of 1900s heritage buildings next door to the Broadway Theatre, one of Canada’s few remaining repertoire cinemas. Cousyn’s daring menu reflects his quest to fuse Canadian ingredients with an international palate.

Planet S Magazine
Best of Saskatoon Awards

  • 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 – Best Dessert Spot
  • 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 – Best French Restaurant
  • 2005, 2006 – Best Vegetarian Friendly Restaurant
  • 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 – Best Soup
  • 2007, 2008- Best Restaurant for a Date

Life in the City
City Flavours: Big City Cuisine on Broadway

Excerpt: I am always content after eating at Calories. They could open a Calories in Toronto or Paris and it would thrive. Saskatoon is a tough market; however, Remi, with his French culinary training, creates top quality fare, which entices a loyal clientele. There are dishes that I have had at Calories that have raised the bar.

Edmonton Journal
Bridal Sweets

Excerpt: Fruitcake? Icing rosettes? Lace? Please. We wanted ourwedding guests to eat thecake, not recoil in horror. Together, my husband and I jumped the barbed wire fence of wedding cake tradition. We wanted something adventurous. Fun. Something the guests couldn’t wait to devour. And certainly something chocolate. With the help of Calories Restaurant in Saskatoon, we dreamed up an architectural marvel that would reflect our style and make every guest say “1 do” to dessert.

Ottawa Citizen
Seven Surprises of Southern Saskatchewan

Excerpt: Calories, in Saskatoon, keeps its name from the days when it was simply a dessert cafe. Now it’s a renowned restaurant and food shop, selling fresh breads and locally made granola, and serving gourmet dinners in a bistro setting. Chef Remi Cousyn’s menu changes regularly but look for such specialties as Saskatoon Berry Lemonade, Saskatchewan Goose Rilletes and Northern Pike on a Saskatchewan wild-rice, leek and black trumpet pilaf. But don’t forget its famous desserts. Gourmet magazine has written to request several of the recipes; its toffee cheesecake is legendary.

Toronto Star
Best Entertainment Area

Excerpt: The place to be is Broadway, a historic avenue originally designed to allow a 180-degree turn by a team of horses and wagon. Favourite stops include the Taj Mahal Restaurant, Calories Bakery and Restaurant and the Yard and Flagon Pub.

National Post
Canada’s Best Restaurants – A coast to coast culinary odyssey of where to eat well

Excerpt: Not merely the standard list of top eateries across the land, certainly they are represented, but we wanted to hear of those legendary spots that magically capture the mood of their city or town… Calories Restaurant’s chef brought his skills to Saskatoon 10 years ago with this hugely successful cafe. Expect wholesome, well prepared dishes made with the freshest ingredients, often organic, and French panache.

The Star Pheonix
Local Food on the Menu a Tasty Find

Excerpt: Where do you eat when you want to eat local food? I am frequently asked this question and, I am glad to say, the answer is getting easier. One of the leaders in local cuisine is chef Rémi cousyn of Calories Restaurant on Broadway Avenue.

The Star Pheonix
Chefs, Farmers Cook up Ways to use Locally Produced Foods

Excerpt: When gourmet chefs and farmers converged this weekend on a downtown hotel for a day of networking and discussion about locally produced food, the hotel had to find a larger room to accommodate their numbers.

Wish Magazine
About Town – Saskatoon

Excerpt: Tucked in beside the Broadway Theatre art-house cinema, this is the lunch and dessert spot for your day trip. Chef-owner Rémi Cousyn changes his French inspired menu monthly to take advantage of fresh herbs and edible flowers from his own garden and Saskatchewan’s organic producers.

Canadian Living
Growing fresh herbs: Surprising kitchen gardens of Canadian city chefs

Excerpt: For the past 13 years, besides creating delicious food, Chef Rémi Cousyn of Calories has been tending a bountiful plot of land nestled next to his Saskatoon bistro. Tarragon, sage, basil, cilantro, arugula, and calendula are a few of his preferred herbs; although, born in Provence, he especially loves thyme and rosemary. Menu favourites at Calories often feature home-grown produce: from a unique dressing made with nasturtiun leaves, to a savoury potato-and-swiss-chard gratin. For the herb garden newbie Cousyn recommends perennials: “It’s a bit of a lazy pleasure to get plants the following year with very little effort!”