Info on Edmonton Restaurants
My wife and I would like to try a few new restaurants (to us) and would like information and your opinions about the food in these restaurants:
Flavours Modern Bistro-Address: 10354 Whyte (82) Ave. Edmonton
Blue Chair Café-Address: 9624-76 Ave. Edmonton AB Canada
Sofra Restaurant-#108, 10345 106 St.
Any suggestions regarding similar places?
(crossposted to the Canada Board)
I've been to Flavours a few times (strictly at lunch) and i guess the best way to describe it is "solid". The space is nice, the service has been good each time i've been (though occasionally a bit too slow for a workday lunch), and the food is a decent price, well-presented, and good quality. They execute well on salads, sandwiches, and on the 2 entree's i've tried.
However, I don't find anything inspiring about the food. It's not a place i think of when im craving something, but it's never a place i ever mind going to either. I usually lean strongly one way or another, but this really is middle of the road for me.
Hope that helps. If you get the chance, i'd love to hear more about the Blue Chair - is it Brazilian? I miss the parrilladas and churrasceria's of South America. How can you go wrong with heart-attack on a plate!?
Eating at the Blue Chair reminded me of eating in the basement cafeteria of a hospital, or in the coffee shop of a chain motor hotel- as far as the decor goes. The food turned out to be a completely different story.
I chose to start dinner with the ceviche, knowing full well that it would not be the authentic Peruvian or Ecuadorian rendition- and probably "marinated" a bit too long. I was proven right, but it was a very enjoyable version nevertheless, a generous portion of diced tuna, well seasoned and served on a freshly fried tortilla mixed with orange and avocado pieces, this unorthodox combination worked well. The chips and salsa, despite its pedestrian name, turned out to be an excellent tray of bean, avocado and sour cream dips served with freshly home made tortilla chips (of which we had seconds) The vegetarian salad rolls were another pleasant surprise, nothing like the tired and tasteless imitations often found in non- ethnic restaurants which need to be drowned in peanut sauce. These were moist wrappers tightly rolled around a deliciously balanced mix of mint and vegetables which were so fresh and full of flavour that you could enjoy the rolls without any sauce.
I ordered the goat curry. It was mild but well spiced (leaning towards gingery) tender and succulent pieces of young goat, served simply with a handful of okra, some white rice, and a nicely browned roti. The okra looked and tasted like it had been picked just minutes before from the backyard garden, and were barely cooked, retaining their colour and crunchiness without a hint of gooiness. My wife ordered the shrimp, and was served a generous portion of shrimp on a smaller portion of vermicelli in a curry sauce- it was rather flat, it could have used a combination of vegetables to give it a few more dimensions of flavour. Our seriously allergic friend ordered the vegetarian lasagna, which was flavourful (albeit with a little too much rosemary- which is not uncommon in Edmonton) but could have had a bit more texture (the pasta was thin and had become too soft and almost undistinguishable from the sauces).
The baklava turned out to be the best of the three desserts we ordered ( pavlova, flan and baklava), nutty and crunchy and not too sweet. The flan was overly sweet and the texture was too dense and the meringue in the pavlova was tough and gooey, as if it had absorbed too much of the fruit juices.
This appears to be a kitchen that can be trusted and we’ll be back- for the appetizers and the goat, and maybe to try the chicken mole and the turkey thigh, and who knows, maybe even the churrasco
Unfortunately, no first hand experience at any of the three.
However my wife and I also plan on trying Sofra the next time we stay downtown to eat instead of our normal escape to the "burbs".
Excellent reviews in both the Sun and Journal and the local weeklies like Vue. I do not know anything about Turkish cuisine apart from what I have seen on PBS travel shows but what I read concerning the cooking at Sofra certainly sounded good.
Flavours is another which I have heard good things about but my "knowledge" [?] comes again from general chit-chat and reviews in Vue.
Blue Chair Cafe I know absolutely nothing about but from its address I suspect I know what used to be in its location.
Please post if you do try it or anything else new here in the "Chuk"...I fear we have fallen into a culinary rut...fewer and fewer nites out...more lunches and when out usually the same old, same old...Sorrentino's, OPM, Earl's, Culina, Koutouki Ouzeria, etc...we too need to get out more.
Find we spend more time and money dining out in Calgary and the like rather than here at home.