Fork Fest Edmonton
Just a note, as I am sure you are all aware, Fork Fest is coming up next week.
I am sad that I will be away for the entire duration. But I look forward to hearing about it from you all.
If you have not heard about it before, check out the details at originalfare.com. it is a great way to check out a lot of the city's best restos for a fantastic price. Get your reservations early for the popular places.
Red Ox was it's typical great self for fork Fest again this year. Soup or their spinach and goat cheese salad, arctic char or pork tenderloin, bread pudding or chocolate cake - $35. My table of 6 was pretty much consistent: 5 had the salad, pork and cake, while i was the outlier with the potato leek soup, char and bread pudding. Huge portions, delicious,...all the normal things you can say about RO. And, in this case, the Fork Fest worked as a promo because we went with a couple who had never been there and who didn't know anything about Original Fare. They signed up for OF mailing list and rewards card...so the event gained new regular customers.
I've read here on CH about other events in other cities and how portions get smaller, service is crap...none of that at RO - this is a real showcase for them, and I think theyh see it both as a way to bringin new people and also to treat regulars with a discount. And though they may make less on food for those nights, wine sales seemed quite brisk (my table had 4 bottles...stupid thing to do on a Tuesday...), coffee etc... I'msure they aren't really losing anything.
And our server said they were so busy and in demand that they turned down reservations for 600 people they couldn't accommodate during the event, just on the phone, no idea what might have been happening on Open Table! Hopefully many of those people, if new to RO, will figure from the demand that it is worth going to even at full price.
This was going to be a response to my original post asking for Edmonton help, but since there's this Forkfest thread, I thought I'd report my experience at Culina Mill Creek (NW 89th Ave) this evening. For $35, they had the following:
- Choice of Gazpacho or...a salad, I think (Gazpacho was solid. Small, but I wouldn't have wanted more)
- Choice of Lamb Steak or Arctic Char, each with fingerling potatoes, chard (IIRC) and mint chutney (Lamb Steak was from the shank, so not the tenderest, but well executed medium rare and well-seasoned)
- Dessert was shortbread with berries and lychee whipped cream. Berries were in solid shape and they didn't skimp on the cream, so thumbs up here.
Thanks to the Edmonton hounds for suggesting Culina!
I wish more of the places would get their menus online. I booked a group for Red Ox as soon as I knew the dates...didn't care about the menu. But I'd like to see what Culina, for instance, has - my wife is allergic to all fish/seafood so it helps to know ahead of time.
I too am away for most of FF, but have time for one more night out - the Sabor Divino menu looks interesting, has anyone been there and would recommend it?
re: Dan G
re: Dan G
Two reviews come up when you search sabor divino on this board and their opinions are as different as black and white. The posters are relatively new so it is difficult to assess their posts.
Here is some information from my wife who had lunch there today with a friend:
"[My friend]had the eggplant packages which were perfect for a sunny summer lunch! Eggplant sliced lengthwise, grilled without any apparent oil and folded over a slice of fresh tomato, basil leaves and goat cheese. Pine nuts scattered over the top finished the dish, although I would have toasted them. There were four of these packages on a bed of greens.
I had the salt cod and chickpea salad—a mound of cod flakes (pre-soaked and dried) with lots of fresh tasting chick peas and roasted red peppers (these were scant and tasted like they might have been bottled) with four tacks of small endive leaves forming a cloverleaf around the plate. There was way too much dressing and it was overly sweet. Thus I couldn’t really distinguish the flavours of the other ingredients. Also, they were really skimpy on the endive, especially for me!
The bread was fresh but bland Italian style served with butter in one dish, olive oil in another and balsamic in the third which was nice.
[My friend ]says the dinner menu is quite different—more tapas—and she has an addiction for the tuna carpaccio tapas.
All in all—if I go again I would have the eggplant packages—a really lovely dish."