Good eats near Sutton Place in Edmonton?
We're staying at the Sutton Place hotel for 4 days downtown Edmonton. I know that there is a Spaghetti house on a street near by along with an Indian restaurant (both of which we have frequented often). Any other suggestions for us? As we're visiting for business, on average, we'd like to spend about $20-$30 dollars a person for dinner.
Thanks in advance!
So we're still here in Edmonton, and I thought I'd give you some reviews on the two dinners we've had so far.
So far we've been to Sabor in the boardwalk building, and Wok King in Chinatown.
Sabor: Looked really nice, hostess was great, then it went downhill. I will never ever go back. I wanted a green apple martini as a cocktail and was told they couldn't make it because they were a classier restaurant. ( I have witnesses to this comment!). Then, when told the prix fixe was a salad, steak and dessert, I asked if I could sub the steak for chicken because I don't eat beef. I was told to order the chicken from the menu instead. Our waiter could have easily just said let me inquire with the kitchen, but no, he just told me, "there's chicken on the menu." So before eating one bite, I felt "unclassy" and clearly stupid for not reading that there was chicken on the menu. :p Then one of our members in our party who asked for steak sauce with her steak was told "we don't serve sauce with our steak." Then proceeded to run over to the other waitstaff at the bar to tell them "she just asked for steak sauce...please." Bad food I can stomach, but bad service I cannot. Especially when our meals here are so very limited. I'm so very happy to say I will not return to Sabor ever again.
Wok King: Here's a dichotomy: Chinese restaurant that takes 2 hours for a 4 dish order. One shrimp dish, one fujian rice, one veg and one portuguese chicken. The soup came up 15 minutes after we ordered, then we waited 20 minutes for the portuguese chicken, another 10 for the rice and then another 40 minutes for the veg and 45 minutes for the last dish which ended up being wrong, but we took it anyhow because we were still hungry. One gentleman cancelled his last dish at the till because he said it took too long. I was even more pissed off because there was a table behind us (clearly regulars) who sat down after we ordered, and was packing up their take out boxes before we got our shrimp dish. WHAT IS THAT? It's really too bad because the food was really good, but the delay in between was too much for us to bear.
So tomorrow night is another adventure. I think we're heading to One Hundred Bar. Sigh. I will remain optimistic, I will remain optimistic...
Thanks for all the ideas guys. We've made reservations for Sabor tomorrow evening, and then we plan to venture into Chinatown to find some tasty eats. I also think that the menu at One Hundred looks good and we'll probably go there nearing the end of our trip. I will try to post my opinions on each place after dining out! Thanks again! :)
Near 100 is also It's All Greek to Me (opposite the east side of Scotia Place building).
If you want something more casual and inexpensive, stroll along Jasper Ave and you'll hit the Funky Pickle (pizza), Kabsa (middle-eastern), Sankyu (sushi), Sobey's Urban Fresh (deli and oyster bar).
If you're willing to walk farther or take a short cab ride there are restaurants over at Jasper Ave and 109 st. (Kai for Asian Fusion, Kyoto for Japanese). Casual Italian over at Rigoletto's Cafe (10305 – 100 Avenue) or Thai over at Boun Thai (10056 107 Street Nw).
In Chinatown there are lots of options. Along 97 st there's Thai at Boualong, noodles at Spicy Garden, pho, etc. and even more in the surrounding area.
Kyoto has gone way downhill and I have found Kai oversauced and overpriced. Neither is worth the walk (1.3 and 1.4 K respectively)
I second Boualong for Thai (.9 K) , but if you are going to go that far , you might consider Viphalay a little further East(1.5 K) .Both are good , one is home style, the other a bit more elaborate. Also in "Chinatown" the Ninh Kieu (1K) serves good vietnamese fare and the Saiwoo Garden (.9) is a good place for authentic Cantonese fare, very reasonable but open for dinner only. Spicy Garden accross the street is more HK bakery style.
The Sankyu (.7K) is a fast sushi place of decent quality, not the restaurant that it used to be in Jasper place. If you crave sushi, you can walk to Mikado ( 1.1K), which is arguably the best sushi downtown.
Closer to the Sutton you should check Zenari's (200 m), on the main floor of the Manulife I building, (not the food court) .If you are prepared to walk a dozen blocks try Wild Tangerine on 112 th street (1.5K). Like the Hardware Grill (.8K) and Culina ( which is probably longer than you want to walk) these last two are more unique examples of the Edmonton culinary scene.
Lastly , the breakfast at the Daily Planet, just accross the pedway from the hotel to the Bell tower has a good reputation and can be a convenient option.
You are right downtown so not too far from anything superangela.
I think you were referring to the Boardwalk Building which houses the Spaghetti Factory [would not be recommended by me] and Haweli [spelling?]. In the same area is a relatively new seafood-Portugese addition called Sabor Divino I think. I have only been there for lunch the one time but enjoyed my meal of barbequed chicken piri-piri.
A short stroll away is the main Sorrentino's restaurant for Italian and continental dishes. It is on 100th Street and Rice Howard Way [just south of 102 Ave] near the Westin with the Sutton Place being on 101 st Street, just north of 102 A Ave.
Hardware Grill is expensive, big portions more an expense account type place that I have not been back to since the economy and I think staffing issues prompted it to close for lunch. That having been said I like it and owners Larry and Melinda Stewart are good hosts and have quite professional, polished serving staff.
It is a short taxi ride away just east of the Canada Place Building on Jasper and I think 97th street. The area can be a tad "dicey" some nights.
S.B. Russell has already mentioned 100. Their other restaurant downtown is the Luxe Steakhouse in Commerce Court which can be accessed from the Sutton Place if you do not mind doing a rather circuitous route through the pedway system which accesses Edmonton Centre, Manulife and Commerce Court.
Characters is a few blocks to the west of you. Not one of my favourites but would be suitable for a business dinner. Probably will cost a few bucks more than what you suggested.
Close by in Edmonton Centre in their western building near the Bay is L'Azia which serves asian influenced food which is quite good. I "put them down" initially as being upscale "food court fare" but that may have just been my prejudice when they opened as what I have had their more recently has been quite good is closer to the price range you mentioned.
Enjoy your stay
Blue Plate diner is good. It's just north of Jasper ave on 104 st.
One Hundred Bar/Kitchen is near Sutton Place. It's across the street from the Westin.
Since you are staying downtown, you may also want to checkout chinatown. I like Century Palace on 97 st a little north of 105 ave.